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Red Cross Assists After Cave Junction Fire - 03/26/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this afternoon, March 26, 2017, at approximately 2:30 pm in the 10000 block of Caves Highway in Cave Junction, OR in Josephine County. 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 with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and 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 Three in Hood River after Multi-family Fire - 03/26/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this morning, March 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 am in the 4100 block of Bartlett Drive in Hood River, OR. The single-family fire affected three 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 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 Two in Pendleton after Multi-family fire - 03/25/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this evening, March 25, 2017, at approximately 6:15 pm in the 4000 block Riverside (County 986 Road) in Pendleton, OR in Umatilla County. The multi-family fire affected two 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 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 7 People in Redmond - 03/24/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, March 24, 2017, at approximately at 9:35 a.m. in the 700 block of NW 28th Loop in Redmond, OR. The fire affected 7 people, including 5 adults, 2 children 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 Disaster Affecting Five People, Pets in Vancouver, WA - 03/23/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this evening, March 23, 2017, at approximately 6:30 pm in the 1000 block of West 31st Street in Vancouver, WA. The single-family fire affected two 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 with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and 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 Two People in Florence, OR - 03/23/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this morning, March 23, 2017, at approximately 4 a.m., in the 4600 block of Heceta Beach Road in Florence, OR. The single-family fire affected two 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 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 Eight People in Vancouver - 03/20/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this morning, March 20, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m., in the 3000 block of E. 18th St in Vancouver. The fire affected eight people, including five adults, three children 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 Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Pendleton - 03/17/17

The American Red Cross is preparing Oregonians for disasters of all kinds including earthquakes by bringing Prepare Out Loud to Pendleton on April 3rd.

Pendleton, Ore., March 17, 2017 --The American Red Cross is helping Oregonians to better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Pendleton on April 3rd.

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. All presentations are free and open to the public.

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

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 Pendleton
Monday, April 3, 2017, 8 -- 10 a.m.
Eastern Oregon Operators Conference - 1601 Westgate, Pendleton, OR 97801
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudPendleton

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

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable. 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 a disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention." -- James Merryman, President & Chief Operating Officer, OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House)

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 us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

Red Cross Announces Two New Board Leaders in Bend - 03/15/17

The Red Cross in Central/Eastern Oregon has appointed two leaders to fill the roles of Board Chair and Board Vice Chair.

BEND, Ore., March 15, 2017-- The Red Cross in Central and Eastern Oregon, which serves the residents of Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties and Warm Springs Reservation, is announcing their new Board Leadership -- Travis Davis, Board Chair, and Larry Medina, Board Vice Chair.

Travis Davis is an insurance broker, a small business owner, and a former engineer who is dedicated to giving back to his community by serving with the Red Cross. He was born in a small Idaho farming town, grew up primarily in Alaska and moved to Oregon in 1996. Mr. Davis will serve as the Board Chair of the Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross Cascades Region.

Larry Medina, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal for the City of Bend Fire Department, has been selected as the board's Vice Chair. He currently oversees the Fire Prevention Division responsible for fire code enforcement, fire investigation and public fire safety education. Mr. Medina is also a member of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, Oregon Fire Marshals Association and International Association of Arson Investigators.

The current roster of board members for the Red Cross Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter is as follows:

Travis Davis, Board Chair, Commercial Sales Executive for PayneWest Insurance
Larry Medina, Board Vice Chair, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshall for Bend Fire Department
Susanna Ross, Retired Project Manager for Bank of America
Dick Grimes, Retired Eugene Police Officer and Former Special Deputy U.S. Marshall
Ken Quiner, Emergency Management Coordinator for St. Charles Health System
Kevin Putnam, Director, Field Engineering West for Pacific Power
Kyle O'Hollaren, Nurse Volunteer
Mike Kirsch, Co-Owner of Madras Farms
Peter Skrbek, CFO for Deschutes Brewery

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.

Attached Media Files: Bend Board News Release
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 4 People in Portland - 03/13/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Monday March 13, 2017, at approximately 07:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of SE 87th Ave 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 Disaster Affecting Two People in Klamath Falls - 03/11/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 on George Nurse Way in Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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 Vancouver - 03/10/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 3:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 in the 600 block of Beech Street in Vancouver, Clark County, Wash.

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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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.

American Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Medford Tonight - 03/09/17

The Red Cross 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake preparedness presentation is tonight at 6 p.m. at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

MEDFORD, Ore., March 9, 2017 --The American Red Cross is helping Oregonians to better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Medford tonight.

Prepare Out Loud Medford Event Details:

Tonight: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center - 2825 E Barnett Rd., Medford, OR 97504
RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford
This presentation is free and open to the public.

* Media interview opportunities are available before the presentation. Please contact Monique Dugaw at 503-877-7121 or monique.dugaw@redcross.org to coordinate a time.

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.

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

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable. 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 a disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention." -- James Merryman, President & Chief Operating Officer, OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House)

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

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

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 Disaster Affecting Six People in Hermiston - 03/07/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the 900 block of Orchard Avenue in Hermiston, Umatilla County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and four children.

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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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 Four People in Central Point - 03/07/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the 2600 block of Randall Avenue in Central Point, Jackson County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected four adults 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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 Ten People in Ridgefield - 03/07/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 11:00 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 in the 22000 block of NW 11th Avenue in Ridgefield, Clark County, Wash.

The single-family fire affected six, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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 Two People in Pendleton - 03/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 in the 39000 block of Mission Gulch Road in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults.

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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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 Four In Roseburg Residential Fire - 03/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a residential fire at approximately 3:00 a.m. Monday March 6 
in the 200 block of Carson Ln in Roseburg, OR.
This single family fire  fire affected two adults, two children 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, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.
 
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 atwww.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds To Hermiston Residential Fire - 03/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a residential fire at approximately 10:00 pm pm on Sunday March 5th 
in the 82200 Block of Hermiston, OR 97838 
This single family fire  fire affected two 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, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.
 
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 atwww.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Assists Four Adults In La Pine multi-family fire - 03/04/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a residential fire at approximately 6:00 pm on Saturday March 4th in the 16000 block of Heath Drive in La Pine, Oregon. 

This large multi-family fire  fire affected four 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, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.
 
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 an Incident Affecting 5 People in Salem - 03/03/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to an incident on Friday, March 3, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m. in the 1200 block of 15th Street SE in Salem, Oregon. The single-family incident affected 5 people, including 4 adults, 1 child 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 Union Single Family Fire - 03/02/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Wednesday, March 1, in the 600 block of West Grande, Union, Oregon. This single-family fire affected 1 adult and 1 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.

Red Cross Assists Family in Longview Home Fire. - 03/01/17

Disaster response volunteers with the local American Red Cross responded to a residential disaster on Wednesday, March 1, at approximately 9:35 a.m. in the 200 block of 23rd Avenue in Longview, Washington.

This single family smoke event affected 2 adults, 2 children and a 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.

Red Cross Responds To Single Family Fire in Florence. - 03/01/17

Disaster response volunteers with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Wednesday, March 1, at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 4900 block of Loftus Road in Florence, Oregon. 
This single family fire affected one adult and 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.

Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentations in Southern Oregon - 02/28/17

The Red Cross is bringing its acclaimed Prepare Out Loud earthquake preparedness presentation to Southern Oregon with presentations in Roseburg, Ashland and Medford next week.

MEDFORD, Ore., February 28, 2017 --The American Red Cross is helping Oregonians to better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Southern Oregon next week. The presentations will be held on March 6 in Roseburg, on March 7 in Ashland and on March 9 in Medford.

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. All presentations are free and open to the public.

"Oregonians can be ready for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presenter. "Prepare out Loud is about unlocking the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."

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.

THREE COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS:

Prepare Out Loud Roseburg
Monday, March 6, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Roseburg High School - 400 W Harvard Ave, Roseburg, OR 97470
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudRoseburg

Prepare Out Loud Ashland
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Ashland Christian Fellowship - 50 W Hersey St, Ashland, OR 97520
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudAshland

Prepare Out Loud Medford
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center - 2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford, OR 97504
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

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

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start. I came to the presentation knowing I would learn
more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest, such as the Cascadia Subduction Zone. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud
inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulating preparedness." -- Von Summers, Senior Community Affairs Manager, NW Natural

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable. 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 a disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention." -- James Merryman, President & Chief Operating Officer, OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House)

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 us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

Red Cross Honors Local Heroes as Part of Centennial Celebration - 02/28/17

The Red Cross will honor the heroic actions of local community members at the Hero Awards event in March. The event is part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of Red Cross services in our local community.

PORTLAND, Ore. February 28, 2017-- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will hold its Heroes Centennial Celebration event on March 24, 2017, at 7 a.m. at the Vancouver Hilton. The event honors ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions while raising funds for the local Red Cross. This year's celebration marks 20 years of Heroes Breakfast events and 100 years of Red Cross services in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Heroes Breakfast details:
7 a.m. -- 9 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.)
Hilton Vancouver, Washington 301 W 6th in Vancouver, WA
For more information and to purchase tickets visit redcross.org/Heroes2017.

Heroes that will be honored this year include: an Eagle Scout who took the wheel, stopped the vehicle and administered CPR after his grandfather suffered cardiac arrest while driving; the firefighters that evacuated the area of the gas explosion in Northwest Portland, ultimately saving countless lives while risking their own; and a man who pulled another man from a sinking car just before it was completely submerged in floodwaters.

The Heroes will be recognized on the court of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball game on March 25. A portion of ticket sales for this game ($5) will be given to the local Red Cross. To purchase tickets to the Red Cross Trail Blazers game visit www.rosequarter.com/redcross.

Full List of Hero Award Winners and Incident Recaps

Adult Good Samaritan: Dave Della Paolera, Hiedi Poulson and Kim Detter
David Della Paolera was driving with his son on Southwest Washington's Highway 503 when he came upon a fiery car crash. Without hesitating, he stopped his vehicle and jumped out to help the man who was unconscious and trapped inside. Della Paolera pulled the man out of the car just before it exploded. Kim Detter, a former medical assistant who witnessed the crash, and Hiedi Poulson, a combat medic, also came to the man's rescue. They worked together to treat the man's life-threatening wounds until medical personnel arrived. Thanks to the quick and brave actions of the three heroes, the car crash victim survived what could have been a fatal collision and subsequent explosion.

Youth Good Samaritan: Brandon Miller
After picking up supplies to finish his Eagle Scout project (a teeter totter for homeless children living at a local homeless shelter) Brandon Miller, then 16, said he felt compelled to ride in the car with his grandpa as they drove home. Brandon's grandfather, Jerry, was behind the wheel and the pair was on the highway when Jerry suffered cardiac arrest and lost consciousness.
Miller instantly took control of the vehicle, pulled his grandfather's foot off the gas pedal and eventually brought the vehicle to a stop on the side of the road. He pulled his grandfather out of the vehicle and onto the ground, and ran to the nearest house to call 911. Miller then returned to his grandfather and performed CPR until an EMS crew arrived.

Military Hero: Rex Donaldson
Rex Donaldson, a United States Army veteran, was outside his Vancouver apartment and suddenly noticed the glow of flames in a neighboring apartment building. He and his wife instinctively ran straight towards the flames to assist people stuck in the apartments, which were quickly becoming engulfed in flames. Donaldson helped pull several people from the burning building to safety, including one man who had to jump out a second-story window and into his arms. With Donaldson's help, firefighters were able to rescue everyone who was in the building and no one was seriously injured.

Workplace Hero: Chad Worthington and Daniel Salazar
During his overnight work shift at a construction site, Chad Worthington was sitting in the front seat of an attenuator -- a vehicle designed to protect road workers from the impact of a crash. He saw out of the corner of his eye a van headed directly for his vehicle and he braced himself for impact. Uninjured but still in shock, Worthington jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the van, which was now on fire. A woman and a child were still inside the van. Daniel Salazar, who was working at a construction site nearby, heard the crash reported over his radio and rushed to the scene to help. Together, Worthington and Salazar broke the van's windows and pulled the woman and child to safety before the van became completely engulfed in flames.

Blood Hero: Cody Hermeling
In 2010, Cody Hermeling was the victim of a serious car crash that left him with severe head trauma, numerous fractures and a ruptured spleen. After being rescued from his crushed vehicle, Hermeling was rushed to a nearby hospital and given a three percent chance to survive. He had to be revived at least three times and his emergency treatment required 187 units of blood. Wanting to give back to those who helped save his life, Hermeling and his mother, Kathleen, organized a blood drive the following year as a way to give back to the donors who supplied the blood that saved his life. They have held a blood drive every year since and more than 300 pints of blood have been collected as a result of their annual drives.

Medical/CPR Rescue Hero: Deputy Sheriff Albin Boyse and DRO Joe Reed
Columbia River High School Security Officer Joe Reed and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Albin Boyse jumped straight into action when they heard over their radios that a student had collapsed in the gymnasium during football practice. Boyse checked the boy for a pulse and realized he didn't have one. Reed began performing CPR while Boyse directed a person standing by to retrieve a defibrillator. The student's heart started and stopped beating several times as Reed worked to resuscitate him. The student was transported to the hospital and thanks to Reed and Boyse's quick action, he made a full recovery.

Professional Rescue Hero: Portland Fire Engine 3 and Truck 3
In late October, Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a reported natural gas leak in a densely populated area of Northwest Portland. Upon arrival, Battalion Chief Jamie Klum realized the seriousness of the situation and called for an evacuation of the building. The fire crew entered the building and knocked on resident doors to ensure everyone had been evacuated. Some crewmembers were not able to move far enough away from the building before it exploded. Portland Fire Lieutenant Peter St. John was thrown from the area by the explosion and sustained serious injuries which required multiple surgeries. Four other first responders and three civilians were also injured in the blast. Klum and his crew are credited with saving the lives of the many people who were in the building by risking their lives to evacuate before it exploded.

Water Rescue Hero: Dan Windon
Dan Windon had dropped his son off at daycare and was driving on a remote country road in Camas, Washington, when he was flagged down by a woman on the side of the road next to a ditch. She pointed to a car that was almost completely submerged in floodwaters, indicating there was a man trapped inside. Windon immediately got out of his truck, grabbed a tow hitch from his vehicle to break the window and rushed into the water to help. The man had been trapped in the car for several minutes and had been holding his breath in the submerged car until Windon was able to break the window and pull him out of the car to safety.

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 Honors Local Heroes as Part of Centennial Celebration - 02/28/17

The Red Cross will honor the heroic actions of local community members at the Hero Awards event in March. The event is part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of Red Cross services in our local community.

VANCOUVER, Wash. February 27, 2017-- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will hold its Heroes Centennial Celebration event on March 24, 2017, at 7 a.m. at the Vancouver Hilton. The event honors ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions while raising funds for the local Red Cross. This year's celebration marks 20 years of Heroes Breakfast events and 100 years of Red Cross services in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Heroes Breakfast details:
7 a.m. -- 9 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.)
Hilton Vancouver, Washington 301 W 6th in Vancouver, WA
For more information and to purchase tickets visit redcross.org/Heroes2017.

Heroes that will be honored this year include: an Eagle Scout who took the wheel, stopped the vehicle and administered CPR after his grandfather suffered cardiac arrest while driving; the firefighters that evacuated the area of the gas explosion in Northwest Portland, ultimately saving countless lives while risking their own; and a man who pulled another man from a sinking car just before it was completely submerged in floodwaters.

Full List of Hero Award Winners and Incident Recaps

Adult Good Samaritan: Dave Della Paolera, Hiedi Poulson and Kim Detter
David Della Paolera was driving with his son on Southwest Washington's Highway 503 when he came upon a fiery car crash. Without hesitating, he stopped his vehicle and jumped out to help the man who was unconscious and trapped inside. Della Paolera pulled the man out of the car just before it exploded. Kim Detter, a former medical assistant who witnessed the crash, and Hiedi Poulson, a combat medic, also came to the man's rescue. They worked together to treat the man's life-threatening wounds until medical personnel arrived. Thanks to the quick and brave actions of the three heroes, the car crash victim survived what could have been a fatal collision and subsequent explosion.

Youth Good Samaritan: Brandon Miller
After picking up supplies to finish his Eagle Scout project (a teeter totter for homeless children living at a local homeless shelter) Brandon Miller, then 16, said he felt compelled to ride in the car with his grandpa as they drove home. Brandon's grandfather, Jerry, was behind the wheel and the pair was on the highway when Jerry suffered cardiac arrest and lost consciousness. Miller instantly took control of the vehicle, pulled his grandfather's foot off the gas pedal and eventually brought the vehicle to a stop on the side of the road. He pulled his grandfather out of the vehicle and onto the ground, and ran to the nearest house to call 911. Miller then returned to his grandfather and performed CPR until an EMS crew arrived.

Military Hero: Rex Donaldson
Rex Donaldson, a United States Army veteran, was outside his Vancouver apartment and suddenly noticed the glow of flames in a neighboring apartment building. He and his wife instinctively ran straight towards the flames to assist people stuck in the apartments, which were quickly becoming engulfed in flames. Donaldson helped pull several people from the burning building to safety, including one man who had to jump out a second-story window and into his arms. With Donaldson's help, firefighters were able to rescue everyone who was in the building and no one was seriously injured.

Workplace Hero: Chad Worthington and Daniel Salazar
During his overnight work shift at a construction site, Chad Worthington was sitting in the front seat of an attenuator -- a vehicle designed to protect road workers from the impact of a crash. He saw out of the corner of his eye a van headed directly for his vehicle and he braced himself for impact. Uninjured but still in shock, Worthington jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the van, which was now on fire. A woman and a child were still inside the van. Daniel Salazar, who was working at a construction site nearby, heard the crash reported over his radio and rushed to the scene to help. Together, Worthington and Salazar broke the van's windows and pulled the woman and child to safety before the van became completely engulfed in flames.

Blood Hero: Cody Hermeling
In 2010, Cody Hermeling was the victim of a serious car crash that left him with severe head trauma, numerous fractures and a ruptured spleen. After being rescued from his crushed vehicle, Hermeling was rushed to a nearby hospital and given a three percent chance to survive. He had to be revived at least three times and his emergency treatment required 187 units of blood. Wanting to give back to those who helped save his life, Hermeling and his mother, Kathleen, organized a blood drive the following year as a way to give back to the donors who supplied the blood that saved his life. They have held a blood drive every year since and more than 300 pints of blood have been collected as a result of their annual drives.

Medical/CPR Rescue Hero: Deputy Sheriff Albin Boyse and DRO Joe Reed
Columbia River High School Security Officer Joe Reed and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Albin Boyse jumped straight into action when they heard over their radios that a student had collapsed in the gymnasium during football practice. Boyse checked the boy for a pulse and realized he didn't have one. Reed began performing CPR while Boyse directed a person standing by to retrieve a defibrillator. The student's heart started and stopped beating several times as Reed worked to resuscitate him. The student was transported to the hospital and thanks to Reed and Boyse's quick action, he made a full recovery.

Professional Rescue Hero: Portland Fire Engine 3 and Truck 3
In late October, Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a reported natural gas leak in a densely populated area of Northwest Portland. Upon arrival, Battalion Chief Jamie Klum realized the seriousness of the situation and called for an evacuation of the building. The fire crew entered the building and knocked on resident doors to ensure everyone had been evacuated. Some crewmembers were not able to move far enough away from the building before it exploded. Portland Fire Lieutenant Peter St. John was thrown from the area by the explosion and sustained serious injuries which required multiple surgeries. Four other first responders and three civilians were also injured in the blast. Klum and his crew are credited with saving the lives of the many people who were in the building by risking their lives to evacuate before it exploded.

Water Rescue Hero: Dan Windon
Dan Windon had dropped his son off at daycare and was driving on a remote country road in Camas, Washington, when he was flagged down by a woman on the side of the road next to a ditch. She pointed to a car that was almost completely submerged in floodwaters, indicating there was a man trapped inside. Windon immediately got out of his truck, grabbed a tow hitch from his vehicle to break the window and rushed into the water to help. The man had been trapped in the car for several minutes and had been holding his breath in the submerged car until Windon was able to break the window and pull him out of the car to safety.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Vancouver - 02/27/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on February 27, 2017, at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the 2600 block of NE Whitman Ave. in Vancouver, Washington. The fire affected one family, 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 Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Five People in Vancouver - 02/26/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately noon on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in the 3000 block of 124th Avenue in Vancouver, WA.

The single-family fire affected two 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, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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.