Update: 9-11-17 at 2 p.m.
The local American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington continues to help people evacuated from their homes because of the Eagle Creek Fire.
Red Cross responders are currently operating two wildfire relief shelters and providing food, water, shelter, health services and emotional support for approximately 170 people.
As of yesterday, the Red Cross has distributed approximately 7,683 meals and snacks at the two shelters since the start of the relief operation last week. Approximately 3,120 meals and snacks have been served at the Gresham shelter and approximately 4,563 meals and snacks have been served at the Stevenson shelter.
The shelter located at Mt. Hood Community College is relocating to Harvest Christian Church, 624 SW Halsey, Troutdale, OR. The shelter is being relocated as of tomorrow morning and the Red Cross will continue to help people in need of shelter assistance at the new shelter location. People staying at the shelter have been informed about the shelter relocation and Red Cross responders are meeting one-on-one with people staying at the shelter to ensure they are aware of the relocation and have access to resources. Multnomah County will continue to partner with the Red Cross to deliver services, including animal shelter assistance.
· As of last night, approximately 24 people sought refuge at the Red Cross shelter located in Gresham. 14 people slept inside the shelter and another 10 stayed in RVs outside the shelter, eating meals, using shower facilities, housing animals at the shelter, etc. The shelter is being operated in partnership with Multnomah County.
As of last night, approximately 146 people sought refuge at the Red Cross shelter located at the Skamania County Fairgrounds Hedgewald Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA. 22 people slept inside the shelter and another 124 stayed in RVs in the parking lot and ate meals, used shower facilities, etc.
The Red Cross will be handing out water and emergency preparedness information at two community meetings tonight at 6 p.m. at the Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 Halsey Street, in Troutdale and at 7:00 p.m. at the Marine Park Pavilion in Cascade Locks.
How to Help Relief Efforts:
Donations: People interested in helping Red Cross relief efforts are asked to please make a financial donation to the American Red Cross at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations allow the Red Cross to be flexible in the help we deliver and ensure that we can provide what disaster victims need most during a relief operation.
Wildfire Relief: you can designate your donation to the "Local Red Cross." Call 503-528-5634 to make a financial donation specifically to "Oregon Wildfires."
In-Kind Donations: the American Red Cross may accept large quantities of solicited in-kind products or services to support relief efforts. To inquire about in-kind donations in bulk, call 503-528-5634.