Western Wildfires

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Your help supports Red Cross disaster relief and helps those affected by wildfire, devastating floods, and landslides that often follow due to the loss of natural defenses caused by these fires.

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Wildfires have a dramatic impact on communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington – burning thousands of acres of land and in some cases forcing families from their homes.

When there is a need, the American Red Cross is there.

Red Cross Response

Disaster responders travel to help people affected by disasters such as wildfires by providing food, water and relief supplies for affected residents and emergency responders.

Red Cross responders work one-on-one with people affected by wildfire to create recovery plans, replace essential items such as clothing and groceries and help them apply for government and other community assistance. Disaster mental health specialists help wildfire survivors deal with the emotional challenges of recovery and cope with the aftermath of the disaster.

Recovering from a wildfire takes time and a diverse network of organizations and services to make sure people have the help they need. Long after a disaster strikes, the Red Cross continues to help families recover by helping to a network of community support.

How You Can Help:

  • The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization and we rely 100% on the generosity of the public to provide services to people devastated by disasters.
  • Providing immediate help as a disaster unfolds requires ongoing readiness. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief help to put resources in place, ensuring volunteers are trained and equipment is secure and partners are ready to bring a relief operation to life, wherever and whenever it may be needed.
  • Donors enter their zip code to ensure their donations help their community.
  • American Red Cross Wildfire Response in 2015

    Wildfires Infographic 2015

    Wildfire Preparedness Tips:

  • Set aside a few household items that can be used as fire tools. These tools could consist of rakes, axes, hand saws, chainsaws, buckets, and shovels, which are all good to keep handy to defend your home against an approaching wildfire. Remember to keep an extra-long hose easily accessible as well. It is always better to be safe than sorry because it is possible that you will need to put out a small fire before emergency responders arrive.
  • Plan your escape route ahead of time. A fire can approach quickly. As you and your family plan a wildfire evacuation route in the case of a wildfire, remember to keep a few things in mind:
  • - Plan and practice two ways out of your neighborhood in case your primary route is blocked.

    - Select a place for family members to meet outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot get home or need to evacuate.

    - Identify someone who is out of the area to contact if phone lines are not working.

  • Double check your preparedness kit to make sure you have everything you need. Our top items include water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, radio, medications, multi-purpose tools, cash, emergency blankets, and a kit for each pet!
  • For more wildfire information and resources check out the wildfire section of our local Prepare! Resource Guide.
  • Wildfire App:

    Download free Red Cross apps to your smart phone. With the Wildfire App, users can:
  • Gain instant access to official information feeds and websites for the state, local and federal fire agencies battling wildfires in your community.
  • View the Wildfire App in either English or Spanish.
  • Instantly tell your loved ones you’re ok with the “I’m Safe” button.
  • View checklists to create a family emergency plan and use a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and an audible alarm.
  • Download the Red Cross Wildfire App and other Red Cross Apps Here.
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