Three Hawaii Red Cross Health Services Volunteers are deploying to Okanogan County, Washington to help with the Red Cross response to the devastating wildfires, known as the Carlton Complex Fire that has consumed hundreds of thousands of acres in Eastern Washington. Barbara Dove, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu and Cathy Lewis, a Red Cross volunteer from Big Island are scheduled to leave tomorrow. Esther Lau, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu left this morning.
In response to the wildfires, Red Cross workers have several shelters open and are supporting community-run shelters. They are also providing food, health and mental health services and meeting one-on one with people to determine what other services they need.
The Red Cross is also distributing things such as trash bags, heavy work gloves and masks to people who are starting to sift through the ashes where their homes once stood. Red Cross workers remain in close coordination with Emergency Management teams to identify what additional help people may need.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.