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Red Cross Celebrates National Preparedness Month

Oregon Red Cross Celebrates National Preparedness Month
We’ve made a commitment to work year round to increase community resilience, and we challenge individuals to use this month to take the first step to prepare themselves and their families.

Now in its tenth year, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. The American Red Cross Cascades Region is celebrating this month by unveiling its new Prepare! initiative and challenging the public to take at least one action step to increase their level of preparedness.

Throughout the Cascades Region, the multi-year Prepare! initiative aims to save lives and livelihoods by preparing individuals and families, schools, businesses and entire communities to bounce back from disasters of all types and sizes. To accomplish this, the Red Cross is increasing its capacity to respond to disasters and emergencies; working with communities to build out their preparedness plan; collaborating with businesses to increase the preparedness levels of employees, customers and vendors; and motivating individuals and families to take action and prepare for disasters.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our Prepare! initiative and there is no better time to do so than during National Preparedness Month,” said Maree Wacker, CEO for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “We’ve made a commitment to work year round to increase community resilience, and we challenge individuals to use this month to take the first step to prepare themselves and their families.”

Easy Steps to Get Prepared for an Emergency

The Red Cross offers a variety of programs and resources to help people get prepared for an emergency:

  • Use the quick and easy Be Red Cross Ready online training program to beef up your preparedness plans and skills
  • Download free Red Cross preparedness apps, such as the Red Cross First Aid, Earthquake and Wildfire apps.
  • Take a First Aid and CPR/AED class
  • Prepare your workplace by taking advantage of our free Ready Rating™ program.
  • Sign up to donate blood, if you are eligible. When an emergency occurs, it is the blood already on the shelves that is available to help patients who need it.
  • Upcoming Events Offer Preparedness Tips and Training

    Several events are taking place across the Cascades Region to help community members develop a family disaster plan and promote preparedness activities. For more information about these events, contact your local chapter.

  • Sept. 14 - Washougal “Are You Ready?” Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port of Camas-Washougal's Marina Park & Parker's Landing Heritage Park, 24 South A Street, Washougal, WA
  • Sept. 14 - Get Ready Vernonia, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Vernonia High School, 1000 Missouri Ave., Vernonia
  • Sept. 14 - Get Ready North Coast, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Camp Rilea, Warrenton
  • Sept. 14 - Get Ready Hood River, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hood River Fire Dept., 1785 Meyer Parkway, Hood River
  • Sept. 15 - Cape Kiawanda Community Awareness Fair, 1 to 4 p.m., 34600 Cape Kiawanda Drive, Pacific City
  • Sept. 16 - Quake Prep Talk, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Lakeview High School, 906 S Third St., Lakeview
  • Sept. 17 – Quake Prep Talk, 6 to 7 p.m., Klamath Library, 126 S. Third St., Klamath Falls
  • Sept. 18 – Earthquake Forum, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Klamath County Commissioners Hearing Room, 305 Main Street, Klamath Falls
  • Sept. 19 – Together We Prepare with Mid Oregon Credit Union, 10 to 11 a.m., 395 5th Street, Madras
  • Sept. 21 - Netarts Community Outreach, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Netarts Fire Station, 1235 5th St. Loop W, Netarts
  • Sept. 21 - Ridgefield Public Safety Complex Event, 12 to 4 p.m., Clark County Fairgrounds, 505 NW 179th Street, Ridgefield, WA
  • Sept. 24 – Together We Prepare, 6 to 7 p.m. 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland
  • Sept. 26 - Together We Prepare with Mid Oregon Credit Union, 10 to 11 a.m., 305 NE Hickey Farms Road, Prineville (near Bi-Mart)
  • Sept. 28 - Get Ready Lincoln County, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oregon National Guard Armory, 541 SW Coast Hwy., Newport
  • Sept. 28 - Get Ready The Dalles, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Water’s Edge, 551 Lonepine Blvd., The Dalles
  • Sept. 28 - Good Shepherd Medical Center Health and Fitness Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, 610 NW 11th, Hermiston
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at