One week into the storm response communities have been affected across all Cascades Region chapters
PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 15, 2015 – With winter holidays around the corner, the American Red Cross Cascades Region has mobilized more than 125 trained staff and volunteers to assist in disaster relief efforts throughout the region. In response to severe flooding, road closures, landslides and power outages caused by the recent winter storms, the Red Cross has opened 10 shelters and served more than 4,500 meals and snacks. Additionally, 1,100 relief items have been distributed to residents affected by the storms.
On Sunday evening, two shelters were opened in Roseburg and Grants Pass to provide a warm and safe place for residents who were without power due to severe weather. On Monday, the shelter in Grants Pass remained open and an additional shelter was opened in LaPine due to the heavy snow and subsequent power outages in Deschutes County.
This past weekend, Red Cross volunteers conducted mobile recovery services in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Tillamook counties in Oregon and in Clark, Cowlitz and Pacific counties in Washington. Distribution of mobile resources, including clean-up kits, snacks and water continued yesterday in Kelso and Vernonia. Yesterday, the Red Cross also conducted disaster assessments in parts of Tillamook County.
“Our volunteer teams have been working around the clock to provide services for the individuals and families affected by these winter storms,” said Amy Shlossman, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Financial contributions to the Red Cross train our local disaster responders, equip our emergency response vehicles, preposition supplies, activate shelters, provide a safe place and warm meals for those in need, and help families begin their road to recovery through direct assistance and other support.”
According to Shlossman, the Red Cross has seen an unprecedented number of responses this year. Since July, the Cascades Region has responded to three major disasters including the severe weather response that local teams are currently managing, the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in early October, and wildfires that swept central/eastern Oregon in August. Meanwhile, local disaster response teams continue to respond to local home fires an average of twice a day.
“Every eight minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster across this country,” said Shlossman, “and the services we provide are free. As we enter the holiday season, we encourage people to make a donation to the Red Cross – as a gift in someone’s name and to support the great work that our volunteers do throughout the year. The generosity of donors enables us to help the nearly 70,000 people who turn to the Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters big and small.”
Financial contributions to the American Red Cross provide hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, and make it possible to help disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small – providing food, shelter and relief supplies, to emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org