The American Red Cross and NW Natural are teaming up during National Preparedness Month to help Oregonians and Southwest Washingtonians prepare for a natural disaster or emergency. During the month of September, Get Ready events will be held in the eight communities of Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Albany, The Dalles, Seaside, Lincoln County, and Coos Bay.
The events are free to the general public. The first 100 families will receive small Red Cross emergency kits. Free lunch will be provided at most locations, as well as safety demonstrations, kids’ activities and materials from local emergency groups. There is no need to register; attendees can just show up.
“These community gatherings are fun and a great way to introduce family conversation about what to do, where to go and who to rely on should a disaster occur,” said Cara Sloman, regional disaster program officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “A wealth of resources are on site at each event, thanks to the coordinating efforts of NW Natural.”
Here are the details on who will be joining the American Red Cross Cascades Region and NW Natural for each event:
- Get Ready Portland, September 6 — Unthank Park, 510 N Shaver St., Portland, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., joined by Portland Fire & Rescue, Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Police, DOGAMI, Legacy Emmanuel Hospital, AMR, Oregon Food Bank and Self Enhancement Inc.
- Get Ready Vancouver, September 6 – NW Natural and the Red Cross will have our Get Ready table at CRESA’s Community Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Note: we are not providing free lunch at this event).
- Get Ready Coos Bay, September 13 – Coos Bay Fire Station on Elrod Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by Coos Bay Fire Department, Coos County Emergency Management, Coos Bay Police, North Coos 911 Center, Bay Cities Ambulance, South Coast Preppers, Hazmat Team 15, Coast CPR, Pacific Power, Car Seat Coalition, Coos County Assessor’s Office, Salvation Army, Bay Area Hospital and more.
- Get Ready Salem, September 20 — Salem Riverfront Park, North Meadow, Rotary Pavilion, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by Salem Fire Department, Salem CERT, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Rural/Metro Ambulance, Salem Health, and Polk County Sheriff Marine Patrol.
- Get Ready The Dalles, September 20 – Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W 8th St., The Dalles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, CERT, Medical Reserve Corps, Lifeflight, Food Bank, OSU Extension Service and SERVPRO.
- Get Ready Albany, September 27 – Gibson Hill, 2880 Gibson Hill Road, Albany, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., joined by Linn County Emergency Management, Linn County CERT, Linn County Medical Reserve Corp, Albany Fire Dept., Albany Police, Mid-Valley LEPC, Linn County, Amateur Radio, the local food bank, humane society and more.
- Get Ready North Coast, September 27 – Seaside Fire Dept., 150 South Lincoln, Seaside, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. joined by Seaside Fire Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Lutheran Disaster Response, Clatsop County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and Clatsop County Emergency Management.
- Get Ready Lincoln County, September 27 – North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1, Taft Fire Hall, 4520 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Lincoln City Police and Lincoln County Sheriff, CERT, United States Coast Guard, SERVPRO, Lincoln City Electronic Super Store, Lincoln County School district and more.
“We’re pleased to host a series of readiness events with the Red Cross for the third year in a row,” said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. “Safety is a top priority for NW Natural and we want to help our communities prepare for any natural disaster that might occur.”
About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 697,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
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 redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.