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  • About the American Red Cross Southwest Washington
     

Local Facts

In the past fiscal year, American Red Cross of Southwest Washington responded to 107 fires, 10 floods and three storm-related incidents; mobilized relief to 149 families affected by local disasters; collected 24,589 units of blood; trained more than 16,851people in vital lifesaving and disaster preparedness skills; and provided outreach programs to 302 members of the Armed Forces and their families. There were 3,068 volunteers who gave of their time.

History

Clark-Skamania Chapter was chartered in 1917. Red Cross volunteers made bandages for soldiers confined to Fort Vancouver Barnes Hospital, handled emergency communications between families and soldiers abroad, and performed certified training in first aid and aquatics. In 1933 it became just Clark County Chapter.

On October 12, 1962 all Clark County Chapter history was destroyed by the unprecedented Columbus Day Storm.

In 2004, Clark County Chapter and Cowlitz Wahkiakum Pacific Chapter decided to merge to consolidate expenses and services resulting in a stronger regional Red Cross. Therefore, to better reflect the larger region served, the name was changed to Southwest Washington Chapter.

In 2007, Skamania County and in 2008, Klickitat County were added to our service area, since both counties were considered Service Delivery Areas and did not have chapters. In four years, the area of responsibility increased 88% to 6,526 sq. miles, much of it rural, with a population topping 600,000.

In 2013, the Southwest Washington Region joined the Oregon Region of the American Red Cross to form the Cascades Region.

Six County Service Area

Southwest Washington Regional Map
The Southwest Washington Chapter serves six counties, including Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.