The American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to 68 local disasters across Oregon and Southwest Washington during the month of July, which is a 45 percent increase over July 2014. Red Cross volunteers helped 242 people with casework services and opened four shelters to ensure people had a safe place to stay when their homes were impacted by disasters.
“The Red Cross is there – whenever, wherever disasters strike. We respond day or night thanks to the generosity of our donors and community partners,” said Cascades Region Red Cross Chief Executive Officer Amy Shlossman. “We can stretch our dollars so effectively because of our volunteers who are willing to respond at a moment’s notice and help complete strangers in their greatest time of need.”
Red Cross volunteers on Tuesday, August 4, quickly mobilized to open a shelter in Roosevelt, Wash., due to Level 3 evacuations from a growing wildfire. Local Red Cross disaster response teams are currently monitoring a wildfire in Northeast Oregon and have a shelter team and facility on standby if needed.
Team members from across the Cascades Region came together during the last week in July to support communities affected by wildfires in Douglas County. They swiftly opened a shelter in Canyonville, Ore., due to Level 3 evacuations from growing Stouts and Cable Crossing fires. Red Cross volunteers participated in community meetings and provided water, meals, snacks and information about Red Cross services. In addition, they supplied disaster preparedness resources to more than 750 people.
In early July, volunteers in Marion and Polk counties opened a shelter due to wildfire activity in Monmouth, Ore. Other early July responses included canteen services in Pendleton after an explosion occurred at the old City Hall building, and a shelter opening to serve residents of an apartment fire in Multnomah County.
The Red Cross is ready to respond to disasters large and small with a trained disaster workforce, more than 1,000 identified shelter locations, and disaster trailers and supplies pre-positioned throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
SUPPORT AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF in Oregon and Southwest Washington by visiting www.redcross.org/donate or by mailing donations to P.O. Box 4125, Portland, OR, 97208.