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LOCAL RED CROSS SENDS 14 DISASTER RESPONDERS TO HELP EAST COAST PREPARE FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW; HOLDS TRAINING SESSIONS FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN DEPLOYING TO HELP


Fourteen Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington deploy to the East Coast to help staff evacuation shelters, deliver food and other supplies. Community members interested in Red Cross disaster deployment urged to attend upcoming trainings.

PORTLAND, Ore., October 6, 2016 -- The American Red Cross is preparing a large multi-state response to help people in the path of Hurricane Matthew as the storm is expected to make landfall in Florida today. As many as 3,600 people spent Wednesday night in 84 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. This number is expected to grow as Matthew closes in on the United States and evacuation orders continue to be issued.

Red Cross disaster responders from Portland, Beaverton, Junction City, Keizer, John Day, Blodgett, Roseburg, Medford, Salem and Bend, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington are either on the ground or on their way to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to assist with hurricane preparations. In coordination with government and community partners, Red Crossers are preparing strategic shelter and warehouse locations, and stocking food, cots, blankets and other relief supplies to help people in harm's way.

The Red Cross has more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles standing by in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Red Cross has also prepositioned more than 30 trailer loads of shelter supplies, ready-to-eat meals, clean-up kits and comfort kits. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the storm and working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to make sure people get the help they need.

The Red Cross Cascades Region is seeking additional volunteers to help with Hurricane Matthew and other disasters. Volunteer recruitment and training sessions are being held throughout the region next week. Individuals interested in deploying with the Red Cross to help with this relief effort and others are encouraged to attend a training session. No RSVP is required.

Monday October 10, 2016
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Regional Headquarters
3131 N. Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Tuesday October 11, 2016
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Salem Office
675 Orchard Heights Rd. NW Suite 200
Salem, OR 97304

Wednesday October 12, 2016
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Eugene Office
862 Bethel Dr.
Eugene, OR 97402

Thursday October 13, 2016
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Medford Office
60 Hawthorne St.
Medford, OR 97504

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP: Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, safety information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

HAVE A DISASTER KIT: Include a gallon of water per person - enough for three days, a three-day supply of non-perishable food, family and emergency contact information, copies of important papers and a map of the area. More details on what to include are available here.

HURRICANE SAFETY: People living in the path of the hurricane should listen to local officials and obey any evacuation orders. Other safety steps include:

-Know your evacuation route.
-Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind.
-Close doors, windows and hurricane shutters. If someone doesn't have shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
-Fill your car's gas tank.
-Avoid flooded roads and bridges. Turn around, don't drown.


MAKE A DONATION: The work of the American Red Cross starts long before a hurricane makes landfall in the United States. For example, we have warehouses stocked with disaster relief supplies, thousands of trained workers, and more than 320 mobile response vehicles on standby year-round to be ready to help people in need. If we didn't maintain these resources 24/7, we couldn't get help to people in a timely fashion--but we depend on donations from the American public to be ready.

Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation.

About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.