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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Coos Bay - 05/23/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 23, 2017, at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the 67000 block of W Fork Millicoma Road, Coos Bay, Oregon. The fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Correction: Red Cross Responds to Home Damaged by Tree Affecting Six People in Clark County - 05/23/17

Disasters responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home damaged by a falling tree on May 23, 2017, at approximately 4:00 a.m. in the 2900 block of NW 10th Street, Battleground, WA. This single-family incident affected 2 adults and 4 children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Clark County - 05/23/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades responded on May 23, 2017 to a home fire disaster that occured on May 21, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 700 block of Tampa Street, Camas, WA. This single-family fire affected 3 adults, 2 children and 5 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Seminar in Vancouver - 05/22/17

The Red Cross is helping our community to be prepared for disasters big and small by holding its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation in Vancouver on May 25.

VANCOUVER, Wa., May 22, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the impact of a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Vancouver on May 25.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud Vancouver
* Date & Time: Thursday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.
* Location: Pearson Air Museum, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
1115 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
* The presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudVancouver

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House

Prepare Out Loud Vancouver is made possible by our generous event partners:
* Vancouver Community Energy Fund and Vancouver Energy

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCascades.

Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Seminar in Portland-Metro Area - 05/22/17

The Red Cross is helping our community to be prepared for disasters big and small by holding its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation in Vancouver on May 25.

VANCOUVER, Wa., May 22, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the impact of a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Vancouver on May 25.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud Vancouver
* Date & Time: Thursday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.
* Location: Pearson Air Museum, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
1115 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
* The presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudVancouver

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House

Prepare Out Loud Vancouver is made possible by our generous event partners:
* Vancouver Community Energy Fund and Vancouver Energy

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCascades.

Red Cross and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Homes that Need Them - 05/22/17

Sisters, Ore., May 22, 2017 -- The local American Red Cross and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department are partnering to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Sisters, Oregon. On Saturday, May 27, starting at 8:30 a.m., Red Cross volunteers and fire department representatives will go door-to-door in Sisters to install free smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information.

The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them and has installed more than 13,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 2014. Five lives have been saved in this area as a result of Red Cross installed smoke alarms.

"Providing a working smoke alarm in every home is the single most important action we can take to prevent the loss of life in our community," said Roger Johnson, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Chief. "Even though most homes have a smoke alarm, half of all fire fatalities occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Partnering with the American Red Cross was a natural fit for our agency.

"This campaign is critical because we at the Red Cross see people affected by home fires every day, multiple times each day," said Cyndi Dahl, executive director for the Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross. "We hope that by helping people prepare now with smoke alarms and fire escape plans, we can prevent the most devastating loss a fire can cause -- the loss of life. We're grateful to the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District for partnering with us for this important endeavor."

Join us to install smoke alarms and save lives! If you would like to participate in this event, call (541) 749-4144 to RSVP for the event.

WHAT: Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation Event

WHERE: Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2017

TIME: 8:30 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.

GET AN ALARM: Homes with working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death and injury by home fire by 50%. If you would like to sign up to get free smoke alarms installed in your home, please reach out through the following:

1. Call: 541 -- 749 -- 4144

2. Online: www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire

3. E-mail: preparedness@redcross.org


MAKE A PLAN
You may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs, but most people mistakenly believe they have more than twice as long to get out. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice until every member of your household -- including children -- can escape in less than two minutes

RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.

HOW TO HELP
Join the Red Cross effort to save lives, reduce injuries and cut down on needless losses from home fires by making a financial donation by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800 RED CROSS. A gift to Home Fires enables the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires along with the lifesaving tools and information to support prevention efforts.

For additional information contact:

Monique Dugaw
Regional Director of Communications
(503) 877-7121
monique.dugaw@redcross.org

Cyndi Dahl
Executive Director: Central & Eastern Oregon
(541) 603-6225
cyndi.dahl@redcross.org

About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

Responders Assist Five People and Their Pets After Camas Fire - 05/22/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 21st at approximately 10:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Tampa Street in Camas, WA. The single-family fire affected three adults, two children and five pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Responders Assist Nine After S.E. Portland Multi-Family Fire - 05/21/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 21st at approximately 4:00 a.m. in the 1900 block of S.E. 122nd Avenue in Portland, OR. The multi-family fire affected seven adults and two children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Responders Assist Seven in North Portland Early Morning Fire - 05/20/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 20th at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the 7000 block of N. Williams Avenue in Portland, OR. The single-family fire affected four adults and three children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Marion County - 05/17/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 17, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the 9500 block of Smith Rd. in Aumsville, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Responders Assist Three Adults in Eugene - 05/16/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 16th at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 4000 block of Murnane Street in Eugene, OR. The multi-family fire affected three adults and a cat. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 4 Adults in Portland - 05/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 14th, in the 1000 block of N River Street in Portland, OR. The multi-family fire affected 4 adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 3 Adults in Albany - 05/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, May 15th, 2017, at approximately 13:30 in the 1000 block of 18th Avenue in Albany, OR. The fire affected 3 adults and 2 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Vancouver - 05/13/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 13 ,2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 3000 block of NE 138th Ave in Vancouver, WA. The fire affected one person.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Polk County - 05/11/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 11, 2017, at approximately 9:00 p.m. in the 400 block of B Street in Independence, Oregon. The fire affected three people, including two adults and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Eugene - 05/11/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 11, 2017, at approximately 1 p.m. in the 600 block of Ruskin Street in Eugene, Oregon. The single-family fire affected two adults and one pet.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

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Free Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County Tomorrow (Photo) - 05/10/17

LEBANON, Ore., May 10, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our Linn County community partners are helping Oregonians to learn the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds, including a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake, by holding Prepare Out Loud in Lebanon tomorrow, May 11. Community emergency response partners in Linn County will be participating in a preparedness and safety fair before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation.

Prepare Out Loud in Linn County and Preparedness Fair Event Details
* Thursday, May 11, Preparedness Fair starts at 5:30 p.m., Prepare Out Loud starts at 6 p.m.
* Boulder Falls Conference Center -- 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
* The presentation and preparedness fair is FREE and open to the public
* RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudLinnCounty

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the significance of a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

An emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation at 5:30 - 6 p.m. & 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. The following agencies will participate in the preparedness fair:
* OFD Foods, LLC
* Bi-Mart
* Linn County Fire Department
* Linn County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue
* Linn County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Linn County Sheriff Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.)
* Linn County Roads Department
* Linn County Public Health Department
* Lebanon Fire Department
* Lebanon Police Department
* Samaritan Health
* American Red Cross

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House


About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCasc.

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FREE Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Presentation in Clackamas Tomorrow (Photo) - 05/10/17

CLACKAMAS, Ore., May 10, 2017 -- The American Red Cross and our community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds, including a Cascadia Earthquake, by holding Prepare Out Loud in Clackamas on May 11.

Prepare Out Loud Clackamas
* Date & Time: Thursday, May 11, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. - refreshments included
* Location: Camp Withycombe Armory, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015
* The presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudClackamas or kpam.com

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the impact a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake will have on this region and preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for this and other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House

Prepare Out Loud Clackamas is made possible by our generous event partners:
* PGE -- Event Presenting Sponsor
* Daimler -- Event Partner
* KPAM Radio and the Pamplin Media Group -- Media Partners


About the American Red Cross 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/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCasc.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Eight People in Sweet Home - 05/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home disaster at approximately 3:00 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the 4600 block of Main Street in Sweet Home, Linn County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected four adults, four children and several pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Six People in Corvallis - 05/05/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home disaster at approximately 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 in the 1600 block of SE Bethel Street in Corvallis, Benton County, Ore.

The single-family hazmat incident affected three adults, three children and three pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 2 People in Deschutes County - 05/04/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the 16400 block of Heath Drive in Mount La Pine, OR. The fire affected 2 adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting One Person in Lebanon - 05/03/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in the 2000 block of Porter Street in Lebanon, Linn County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross and Longview Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Homes that Need Them - 05/03/17

The Red Cross and the City of Longview Fire Department will team up to install smoke alarms in homes that need them in Longview on May 6.

LONGVIEW, Wash., May 3, 2017 -- The local American Red Cross and the City of Longview Fire Department are partnering to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Longview. On Saturday, May 6, starting at 10 a.m., more than a dozen Red Cross volunteers and firefighters will go door-to-door in the Delray Mobile Home Park in Longview to install free smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information.

In the past month, the Red Cross has responded to help people affected by three home fires in the Longview area alone, including a large residential fire that affected more than 100 people on April 19, 2017. A working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death or injury by home fire in half. The Red Cross and the Longview Fire Department are committed to working together to make Longview homes safer by installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them on May 6 and on an ongoing basis.

"We know that smoke alarms save lives," said Jim Kambeitz, Fire Marshal with the Longview Fire Department. "We also know that some members of our community are in need of working smoke alarms in their homes. With the help of the Red Cross we are installing new alarms, checking existing alarms, delivering fire safety information and fulfilling our mission to increase the safety and wellbeing of members of our community."

"The Red Cross would not be able to do what we do without community partners like the Longview Fire Department," said Gabby Rhett, Disaster Program Manager for the Southwest Washington Chapter of the Red Cross. "Installing smoke alarms, helping families develop fire escape plans and saving lives."

The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them and has installed more than 13,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 2014. At least five lives have been saved in this area as a result of Red Cross installed smoke alarms. Community members can schedule an appointment for a free smoke alarm by visiting redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire or by calling 360-768-3129.


WHAT: Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation Event

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Delray Mobile Home Park
1112 Tennant Way, Longview, OR 98632

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Longview Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Thompson will be on-site at Delray Mobile Home Park and will be available for media interviews on the day of the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MAKE A PLAN You may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs, but most people mistakenly believe they have more than twice as long to get out. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice until every member of your household -- including children -- can escape in less than two minutes

RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.

About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Jackson County - 05/03/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 3, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Craiglea Drive in Eagle Point, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including four adults, one child and two pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Hood River County - 05/02/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on May 2, 2017, at approximately 1 p.m. in the 8700 block of Dog River Road in Mount Hood, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including three adults and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds To Large Multi Family Fire Affecting 33 In La Grande - 04/29/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a residential fire disaster on April 29, 2017,  in the 2400 block of Adams Avenue in La Grande. This large multi family fire affected 33 adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. 

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Forest Grove - 04/27/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 27, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Main St. in Forest Grove, Oregon. The fire affected five people, including three adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Assists Family of Six in North Portland Home Fire - 04/27/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 26, 2017, at approximately 6:00 p.m in the 9000 block of N. Hamlin Ave. The single-family fire affected three adults and three children
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Prepare Out Loud Corvallis
Prepare Out Loud Corvallis
Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Silverton on Thursday (Photo) - 04/25/17

SILVERTON, Ore., April 25, 2017 --The American Red Cross, in partnership with Silverton and Mt. Angel community organizations, will hold Prepare Out Loud and a 'Be Prepared Not Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair in Silverton this Thursday, April 27.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the impact of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds (like home fires, floods and wildfires).

Prepare Out Loud Event Details
This Thursday, April 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (preparedness fair starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Silverton High School -- 1456 Pine Street, Silverton, OR 97381
RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSilverton.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Evening Timeline
* 6:30 p.m. -- 'Be Prepared No Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair starts
* 7 p.m. -- Red Cross Prepare Out Loud Presentation begins
* 8:30 p.m. -- 'Be Prepared No Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair resumes

Children are welcome! Red Cross will be offering our youth preparedness programs The Pillowcase Project and Preparedness Pals for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

The emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation and fair participants include:
* Silverton Fire District
* Mt. Angel Police Department
* Marion County Emergency Management
* Silverton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
* Mt. Angel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
* Marion County Search & Rescue
* Silverton Senior Center
* Map Your Neighborhood
* American Red Cross


About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCasc.

Photo - Prepare Out Loud in Medford
Photo - Prepare Out Loud in Medford
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Presentation in Coos Bay (Photo) - 04/24/17

COOS BAY, Ore., April 24, 2017 --The American Red Cross and its community partners are helping Oregonians better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Coos Bay on May 1. Several small earthquakes off the Oregon coast in recent months provided a reminder to those living in coastal communities of the importance of being ready for a larger earthquake and taking preparedness actions now.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also addresses preparedness steps individuals and families can take to be ready for this and other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

WHAT: Prepare Out Loud -- Coos Bay

WHEN: Monday, May 1, 2017, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Southwestern Oregon Community College -- Hales Auditorium
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCoosBay

ABOUT PREPARE OUT LOUD:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.


PREPARE OUT LOUD COVERS:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

About the American Red Cross
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/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCasc.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Vancouver - 04/24/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 24, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 12100 block of 46th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington. The single-family fire affected four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Longview Single-Family Fire - 04/24/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday April 23,2017, in the 600 block of 23rd Avenue in Longview, Washington. The single-family fire affected six adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.