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.
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.
- 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.
This list of resources can help you be ready for wildfires and other disasters: