Sacramento, CA – December 17, 2015 – After the Pacific Northwest experienced heavy rain and flooding since early December, volunteers with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region are heading to the Beaver State to help those affected.
Bill Waits, Mike Jaime from Sacramento and Kendra Pospychalla from Redding are headed to Oregon to provide disaster relief and have been assigned to assist with sheltering operations.
The Red Cross Cascades Region is in an active disaster response. This week, the rain continues to pour and severe weather notices have been issued throughout Oregon and SW Washington with potential flooding. Flood watches and winter storm watches have been issued for the coastal areas of SW Washington and NW Oregon, and the Columbia Gorge area. Twelve counties in Oregon and six counties in SW Washington are affected.
•Since Dec. 7, more than 130 people deployed throughout Oregon and SW Washington to respond to heavy wind/rain/snow, flooding, landslides and power outages. This is truly a story of neighbors helping neighbors since nearly all of the Red Crossers working on this response are from Oregon/SW Washington. A few have traveled/are traveling from northern California, Nevada, Nebraska and Florida. Volunteers like Bill and Mike are prepared to assist throughout the Christmas holiday.
•Teams have opened a total of 10 shelters, distributed 5,000+ meals/snacks, and distributed more than 1,300 clean up kits and other recovery items.•Red Cross operations center is watching the situation across the region. Disaster assessment and casework continues
•Red Cross continues to work in conjunction with city/county agencies and other community partners to help ensure thousands of people are safe and warm as the winter holidays approach.
“Every eight minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster across this country,” said Bill Waits, Red Cross disaster action team volunteer, “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.
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An average of 96% of Red Cross workers are volunteers. By empowering individuals to help their neighbors when they need it most, we strengthen our community and make it more resilient to disasters large and small. If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.