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Red Cross Assists Fifteen People After Clackamas Count Fire - 01/17/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family fire disaster on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. in 10000 block of SE Waverly Court in Milwaukie, Oregon. This fire affected fifteen 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, disaster health services and mental health services, 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.

Stay Safe During Winter Storms; Follow These Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Tips - 01/16/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 16, 2017 -- A winter weather advisory has been issued in NW Oregon and SW Washington. According to the National Weather Service, freezing rain and ice are likely in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas as well as The Dalles, Hood River and the Central and Southern Willamette Valley.

Residents are urged to stay home during and immediately after the storm and travel only if it is absolutely necessary. The American Red Cross has disaster responders on stand-by to help people should they be displaced from their homes due to severe weather. In anticipation of the storm, the Red Cross urges people to take preparedness actions now and follow these winter storm safety tips.

BUILD A KIT
* Be sure you have non-perishable food items that can be eaten even if you lose power.
* Keep a spare battery for your cell phone handy (also keep your phone charged). Make sure you have batteries in your radio (to receive information updates).
* Keep extra blankets on hand or identify a safe alternate heat source if the power goes out.
* Check the batteries in your flashlight(s) and keep them easily accessible (avoid candles).
* If you have pets, make sure that you have food and supplies for them and that they have access to a warm and dry area.
* For a full list of recommended kit items, visit www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.

MAKE A PLAN
* If you are separated from your loved ones during the storm, make sure you have a plan for communicating with your family and/or friends to let them know you are safe and well.

GET YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER
Avoid travel if possible. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high-protein snacks, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.
* Fill the vehicle's gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
* Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you expect to get there.
* If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
* Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
* Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

If you become stuck in icy conditions:
* Stay with the car and call for assistance. Do not try to walk to safety.
* If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it -- don't abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.

POWER OUTAGE SAFETY
Prepare for power outages by following these safety tips:
* Do not touch any electrical power lines and keep your family away from them. Report downed power lines to the appropriate officials in your area.
Using generators safely
* When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home's electrical system.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
* Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Electrical equipment
* Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
* Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
* Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power comes back on.

Throw out unsafe food
* Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
* Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly. Some types of bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by cooking.
* Throw out any foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been exposed to temperatures higher than 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture, or feels warm to touch.
* For a full list of tips visit: http://rdcrss.org/2hu7NEE

WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS Download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.


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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Portland - 01/16/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 16, 2017 at approximately 2:20 p.m. in the 13000 block of SE Stark St in Portland, Oregon. This single family fire affected five people, including 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 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 In The Dalles Displacing 21 People. - 01/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a large residential fire disaster on January 15th at about 4:30 pm in the 2400 block of West 10th St. in The Dalles OR.  This large multi family fire  affected eleven adults, ten 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 Responds To Cottage Grove Home Fire - 01/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 15th at about 11:00 am in the 37000 block of Row River Road In Cottage Grove OR.  This single family fire  affected 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 Cove Residential Fire - 01/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 15th at about 9:00 am in the 60000 block of Common Lane In Cove OR.  This single family fire  affected 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 multi family fire in Selma. - 01/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 14th in the 200 block of Hogue Drive In Selma, OR.  This multi family fire  affected four 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 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 Astoria Home Fire - 01/15/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 14th on Franklin In Astoria.  This 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 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 Winter Storm Disaster in Bend - 01/14/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a winter storm- related disaster on Jan. 14, 2017 in the 18,000 block of Choctaw Road in Bend, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and their 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 Beaverton Residential Fire - 01/14/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 15000 block of SW Lancaster Way in Beaverton.  This 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 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 Hood River Residential Fire. - 01/13/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 2000 block of Tucker Road in Hood River.  This 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 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 Creswell Home Fire - 01/13/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 700 block of Blue Jay Loop in Creswell, OR. The 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 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 Prospect Home Fire - 01/13/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 4000 block of Highway 62 in Prospect, OR. The 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 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 Family in Deschutes County - 01/13/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 52,000 block of Caribou Rd in La Pine, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including one adult 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.

Severe Weather Causes Increase in Red Cross Responses - 01/12/17

January 1 through January 12, Red Cross has responded to more than 50 disasters, a 117% increase in responses when compared to the same time period last year.

PORTLAND, Ore. January 12, 2017 -- American Red Cross responders have remained vigilant both day and night to help people affected by disasters, including many caused by severe weather across Oregon and SW Washington. Since January 1, 2017, Red Cross responders have helped more than 130 families at more than 50 disasters from Vancouver to Klamath Falls. That's a more than 117% increase in disaster responses when compared to the same time period last year.

In addition to responding to disasters that affect a single family, the local Red Cross has simultaneously been operating a shelter for more than three dozen residents affected by an apartment fire on SW Alder in Portland and shelters for people affected by power outages and extreme cold in Cave Junction and Enterprise, Oregon. With power restored, the shelters in Cave Junction and Enterprise have closed, however the shelter for residents of Hotel Alder remains open at University of Portland.

Responders throughout the region remain on standby to assist people who have been impacted by disasters related to the severe weather or otherwise. The Red Cross has already helped at two separate incidents this morning, including a roof collapse in Hillsboro that left seven people and pets displaced and an apartment fire in Gresham that left nine people displaced. In both cases, the Red Cross provided assistance to people affected to help meet their immediate basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, health and mental health assistance).


When the weather is cold, the number of home fire incidents tend to rise. Use caution when heating your home with space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves.

HOME HEATING SAFETY REMINDERS

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
* Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Portable Space Heaters
* Keep at least three feet of space between a heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding and papers.
* Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
* Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed or when leaving the room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
* Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year. Check for creosote deposits, soot build-up and physical damage.
* Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
* Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
* Store kindling, fire logs and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
* Use proper fire starters, such as newspaper, kindling or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.

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.

Address correction: Red Cross Responds to Storm-Related Disaster Affecting Seven People in Washington County - 01/12/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross responded to a storm-related disaster (roof collapse) today, January 12, 2017, at approximately 7:15 a.m., in the 500 block of SE 4th Ave in Hillsboro, OR. The fire affected seven people 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 every day.

Red Cross Responds To Vancouver Residential Fire - 01/11/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 11, 2017 in the 14000 block of NE 28th Street in Vancouver, WA. The fire affected one family, including three 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 Fire In Joseph. - 01/11/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 11, 2017 in the 60000 block of Hurricane Creek Road in Joseph, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 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 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

EVENT POSTPONED: Red Cross and Portland Fire Smoke Alarm Installation Event - 01/11/17

Due to inclement weather and out of concern for the safety of volunteers/staff, the Day of Service smoke alarm installation event, scheduled for January 14, has been postponed.

PORTLAND, Ore., January 11, 2017 --The American Red Cross is postponing our Day of Service smoke alarm installation event scheduled for this Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Due inclement winter weather and out of concern for the safety of our volunteers and staff traveling in potentially dangerous conditions, the event will be rescheduled. The Red Cross will continue to hold free monthly smoke alarm installation events in the Portland-metro area including on the following dates:

* February 25
* March 25
* April 29
* June 3
* June 24
* July 29
* August 26
* September 30

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR AN EVENT?
People interested in volunteering for one of these events may contact volunteer.cascades@redcross.org.

NEED A SMOKE ALARM?
There are three easy ways to schedule an appointment for trained Red Cross volunteers to install free smoke alarms in your home, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist and provide information about creating a fire escape plan:
1. Call 503-528-5783
2. Make an appointment online at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire
3. Email us at preparedness@redcross.org

Portland Fire & rescue provides smoke alarms that flash, shake and wake community members that are deaf and hard of hearing. To learn more about this program, visit www.FlashShakeWake.org or call 503-823-3752.

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.

About the Portland Fire & Rescue
Portland Fire & Rescue is the largest fire department and emergency medical services provider in the state of Oregon with more than 700 sworn personnel dedicated to aggressively and safely protecting life, property and the environment. For more information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/fire or find us on Twitter at @PDXFire.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Clark County - 01/11/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 11, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. in the 30200 block of NE 10th St. in Washougal, Washington. The fire affected one family, including five 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 Gresham Home Fire - 01/10/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Jan. 10, 2017 in the 1700 block of NW Burside RD in Gresham, Ore.

The single-family fire affected 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, 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 Storm-Related Disaster Affecting Six People in Jackson County - 01/10/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a storm-related disaster on January 10, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the 1 block of Meadow Lane in Shady Cove, Oregon. The storm-related event affected one family, including five adults, one 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 Shelter in Cave Junction Closes - 01/09/17

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. January 9, 2017 -- A Red Cross shelter established for people affected by power outages and severe weather in the Cave Junction area has closed. After close consultation with our emergency management partners and significant power restoration progress, it was determined there was no longer a need for the disaster relief shelter to stay open.

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 Two People in Newberg - 01/09/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on January 9, 2017, at approximately 9 a.m. in the 19000 block of NE Williamson Rd in Newberg, OR. The 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 Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Five People in Vancouver - 01/08/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in the 300 block of SE 177th Avenue in Vancouver, Clark County, Wash.

The multi-family fire affected three adults, two children 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, 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 Shelter in Cave Junction Remains Open - 01/07/17

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. January 7, 2017 -- Disaster responders with the American Red Cross are assisting people affected by snow, extreme cold weather and power outages in Southern Oregon's Illinois Valley.

Many area residents have been without power since Tuesday. A Red Cross shelter established earlier this week remains open. The shelter is located at:

Cave Junction City Hall
222 Lister St
Cave Junction, OR 97523

People affected by power outages and in need of shelter assistance may simply show up at the shelter for help.

The Red Cross is working closely with Josephine County Fire and Rescue and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. Josephine County Fire and Rescue has been conducting welfare checks on people who have been unable to leave their homes due to several feet of snowfall and bringing them to the Red Cross shelter in Cave Junction. CERT volunteers are helping to staff the Red Cross shelter, along with Red Cross volunteers.

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 Opens Disaster Relief Shelter in Enterprise - 01/07/17

ENTERPRISE, Ore. January 7, 2017 -- Disaster responders with the American Red Cross are assisting people affected by extremely cold weather and power outages in Enterprise, Oregon. The Red Cross has opened a shelter for people affected by the power outages. The shelter is located at:

Sienna Parish
301 NE Hatfield St
Enterprise, OR 97828

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 Four People in Mitchell - 01/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in the 200 block of S. Nelson Avenue in Mitchell, Wheeler County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults, two 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 One Person in Prineville - 01/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 6:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in the 1500 block of SE Maple Lane in Prineville, Crook County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult 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 Three People in The Dalles - 01/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 3:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in the 400 block of West 11th Street in The Dalles, Wasco County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected 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, 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 La Center - 01/06/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in the 400 block of East 5th Street in La Center, 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.

Red Cross Shelter for People Displaced by SW Alder Apartment Fire to Move to University of Portland Facility - 01/06/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 6, 2017-- The American Red Cross in coordination with Central City Concern and other community partners, has identified a new shelter location for people affected by a January 4th apartment fire on SW Alder Street.

The new shelter for displaced residents will be housed at:

The University of Portland
Howard Hall
5000 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

Red Cross relief workers will operate the shelter. The facility will have showers for use by residents displaced because of the fire. Transportation to the shelter will be provided for residents by TriMet.

Shelter Numbers:
Thus far, approximately 100 Red Cross responders, plus community partners have assisted in this response by:
* Providing approximately 800 meals and snacks
* for 64 residents affected by the fire.

Resident Updates:
Residents affected by the SW Alder apartment fire seeking updates may call the Central City Concern hotline: 971-352-8730.

Ongoing Assistance:
The Red Cross will continue to work closely with Central City Concern and other community partners to address the disaster-related sheltering needs of the individuals affected by the fire on SW Alder. Following a disaster, the primary focus of the Red Cross is to assist people affected by a disaster to address their immediate and basic needs. This often involves temporary shelter, food, the replacement of prescription medications, eyeglasses and other medical devices, and connecting the affected people with community resources to empower them in their recovery.

Providing Help:
Thank you to people who have helped or expressed interest in helping with this relief operation. The best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations allow us to be flexible to address specific needs of people affected by disasters and give people what they need the most to empower their recovery.

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 Three People in Klamath Falls - 01/06/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 6, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. in the 1000 block of Madison St in Klamath Falls, 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 Three People in Klamath Falls - 01/06/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 6, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. in the 600 block of Division St in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The fire affected three people, including one adult 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 Continues to Provide Assistance to People Displaced by SW Alder Fire - 01/05/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 5, 2017-- The American Red Cross continues to assist people displaced by an apartment fire that occurred on January 4, on SW Alder St. in Portland.

Shelter Numbers:
More than 70 Red Cross volunteers and staff, plus community partners have assisted affected residents by:
- providing more than 700 meals and snacks
- for 64 residents affected by the fire.

Shelter Information:
People who were affected by the fire on SW Alder and are unable to return to their residences may still come to the Red Cross Shelter, located at:

First Christian Church
1314 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

***The shelter entrance is located on Columbia between Park and Broadway.

Resident Updates:
Residents affected by the SW Alder apartment fire seeking updates on their residence may call the Central City Concern hotline: 971-352-8730.

Ongoing Sheltering Assistance:
The Red Cross will work with community partners to address the disaster-related sheltering needs of the individuals affected by the fire on SW Alder as long as there is a need and connect residents with resources to empower them in their disaster recovery process.

Providing Help:
Thank you to people who have helped or expressed interest in helping with this relief operation. The best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations allow us to be flexible to address specific needs of people affected by disasters and give people what they need the most to empower their recovery.

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 Four People in Portland - 01/05/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 5, 2017, at approximately 1 p.m. in the 300 block of SE 80th in Portland, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including two 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: 50+ People Stayed at Shelter Overnight; Shelter to Remain Open for People Displaced by Fire - 01/05/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 5, 2017-- The American Red Cross provided overnight shelter to 51 people displaced by an apartment fire on SW Alder St. in Portland. Shelter volunteers have served 250+ meals and snacks and are working with community partners to address the immediate needs of residents affected by the fire, including health-related needs (replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses and medical equipment).

The shelter for displaced residents will remain open for the next several days and/or as long as there is a need. The Red Cross shelter is located at:

First Christian Church
1314 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

***The shelter entrance is located on Columbia between Park and Broadway.

People affected by the fire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The Red Cross is working closely with our partners at Multnomah County Animal Services to assist affected residents with pets and service animals.

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: 45 People Staying Overnight at Temporary Shelter - 01/04/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 4, 2017-- The American Red Cross is providing overnight shelter to 45 people displaced by an apartment fire on SW Alder St. in Portland. The shelter will remain open for the next several days and/or as long as there is a need.

The Red Cross shelter is located at:

First Christian Church
1314 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

***The shelter entrance is located on Columbia between Park and Broadway.

People affected by the fire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The Red Cross is working closely with our partners at Multnomah County Animal Services to assist affected residents with pets.

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.

Updated Information: Red Cross Shelter Open for Residents Displaced by SW Alder Fire - 01/04/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 4, 2017-- The American Red Cross shelter set up for people displaced by an apartment fire on SW Alder St. in Portland is open. The Red Cross shelter is located at:

First Christian Church
1314 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

***The shelter entrance is located on Columbia between Park and Broadway.

People affected by the fire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The Red Cross is working closely with our partners at Multnomah County Animal Services to assist affected residents with pets.

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 Opens Shelter for Residents Displaced by SW Alder Fire - 01/04/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 4, 2017 -- The local American Red Cross is assisting people displaced by an apartment fire near the corner of SW Alder St. & SW 4th Ave. in Portland. The Red Cross has established a temporary shelter for affected residents at the following location:

First Christian Church
1314 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

People affected by the fire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

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 Disaster Affecting Two People in Goldendale - 01/04/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 on Georgeville Road in Goldendale, Klickitat County, Wash.

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 Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Three People in Central Point - 01/04/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home disaster at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 in the 11000 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point, Jackson County, Ore.

The storm-related disaster affected three adults and seven 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 Fire Affecting Eight People in Longview - 01/04/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 4, 2017, at approximately 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Hudson Street in Longview, Washington. The fire affected multiple families, including eight 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 Fire Disaster Affecting Two People in Silverton - 01/03/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 in the 500 block of Short Street in Silverton, Marion 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 Fire Affecting Seven People in Linn County - 01/03/17

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 3, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 500 block of 7th St. in Harrisburg, Oregon. The fire affected seven people, including six 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 Issues Cold Weather Safety Tips - 01/03/17

PORTLAND, Ore. January 3, 2017 -- With freezing temperatures and wind chills in the teens expected for the next few days, the Red Cross has issued the following cold weather and heating safety tips:

HOME HEATING SAFETY
When the weather is cold, the number of home fire incidents tend to rise. Use caution when heating your home with space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.

Portable Space Heaters
- Use portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off so if they're tipped over they will shut off.
- Keep at least three feet of space between the heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding and papers.
- Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
- Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed or when leaving the room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
- Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year. Check for creosote deposits, soot build-up and physical damage.
- Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
- Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
- Store kindling, fire logs and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
- Use proper fire starters, such as newspaper, kindling or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.

COLD WEATHER SAFETY
- Assemble disaster preparedness kits to keep at home, in your vehicle and at work. For a full list of recommended kit items, visit www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.
- In case of a power outage, make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water stored to last everyone in the household until power has been restored. A three-day supply of food and water for each person is recommended.
- Use battery-operated flashlights or lanterns instead of candles (because it could be a fire hazard) during a power outage. Do not leave burning candles unattended.
- Have plenty of blankets and warm clothing available should you be without heat for an extended period of time due to a power outage.
- Make sure you have batteries in your radio (to receive information updates) and keep a spare battery for your cell phone handy (also keep your phone charged).
- Protect your pipes: Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
- Bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to water that is not frozen. For more cold weather pet safety tips, view our blog at www.redcrossblog.org.

WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS People can download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

For information on road conditions from the Oregon Department of Transportation, visit www.tripcheck.com.

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 Disaster Affecting Three People in Eugene - 01/02/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 9:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in the 3900 block of Barger Drive in Eugene, Lane County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected three 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, 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 Fire Disaster Affecting Two People in Roseburg - 01/02/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in the 400 block of Mt. Gurney Road in Roseburg, Douglas County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults 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, 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 Fire Disaster Affecting Two People in Oregon City - 01/02/17

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in the 10000 block of S. Bradley Road in Oregon City, Clackamas 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 Responds To Prineville Home Fire - 12/31/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 31st at 5:00 pm in the 16000 block of SE Cahvilla Road in Prineville, OR. This 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 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 Continues to Assist Vancouver Residents Affected by Apartment Fire; Shelter Closes this Evening - 12/31/16

VANCOUVER, Wash. December 31, 2016 -- The Red Cross continues to provide assistance to individuals affected by an apartment fire in 1000 block of NE Notchlog Dr, in Vancouver, WA. In addition to operating a shelter overnight last night and throughout the day today, the Red Cross is providing assistance to affected people to address their immediate and basic, disaster-caused needs such as assistance for temporary lodging and food.

The shelter established at St John Lutheran Church in Vancouver will close this evening, December 31, 2016, at approximately 5 p.m. The decision to close the shelter was made based on an analysis of the needs of displaced residents. The Red Cross will continue to work with residents to ensure their immediate basic needs are being met following the disaster.

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 Second New Years Eve Home Fire In Redmond - 12/31/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 31st at 10:45 am in the vicinity of 19th and Elkhorn in Redmond, OR. This 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 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 Redmond Residential Fire - 12/31/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 31st at 3:00 am  in the 1400 block of SW Cascade Aevenue in Redmond, OR. This single family fire affected two adults 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, 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 Opens Shelter for People Displaced by Apartment Fire in Vancouver - 12/30/16

VANCOUVER, Wash. December 30, 2016 -- Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross are assisting residents affected by an apartment fire in Vancouver. Approximately 30 residents have been displaced from their homes because of a fire, which occurred at an apartment complex located in the 10000 block of NE Notchlog Dr in Vancouver, WA.

The American Red Cross has established a temporary shelter located at:
St John Lutheran Church
11005 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA 98686

Individuals and families affected by the apartment fire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

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 Two People in Jackson County - 12/30/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster today, December 30, 2016, at approximately 10 a.m., in the 100 block of Cottage Street in Medford, OR.

The 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 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 Adults in Wallowa County - 12/30/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster today, December 30, 2016, at approximately 10 a.m., in the 68,000 block of Warnock Road in Lostine, OR. The 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 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 Portland Fire Team up to Save Lives - 12/30/16

Volunteers and staff will work together to install a record number of lifesaving
smoke alarms in a single day: 1,000 on January 14.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 30, 2016 -- More lives are lost every year to home fire than to all other major disasters like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes.

Every day:
* Seven people in the U.S. die as a result of home fires.
* 36 people suffer injuries from home fires.
* The local American Red Cross helps an average of three families affected by disasters like home fires in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Resolve to take action and prevent fire-related tragedies. Homes with working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death and injury by home fire by 50%.

JOIN US TO INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS ON JANUARY 14
The Red Cross and Portland Fire & Rescue are working together to save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them. During our Day of Service on January 14, we will install 1,000 smoke alarms in homes in the Boise/Eliot neighborhoods of Portland. This will be the largest smoke alarm installation event organized in the region.

"The Day of Service on January 14 is not just about installing smoke alarms" said Amy Shlossman, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It's about protecting our community from the danger of home fires and preparing local families for disasters of all kinds. Red Cross smoke alarms are free but in the event of a fire, they could become priceless."

YOU CAN HELP
Join Portland Fire Chief, Mike Myers; Red Cross Vice President, Michael Jordan; representatives from the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal and Red Cross volunteers 16 and older to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them.

"Saving a life is the most important and rewarding thing a firefighter can do," said Chief Mike Myers of Portland Fire & Rescue. "There is absolutely no question that working smoke alarms save lives. Please join us on January 14th and volunteer your time to help keep our community safe."

Volunteers are needed for this event! Day-of-event training is provided. For more information or to volunteer, visit redcross.org/PortlandDayofService.

NEED A SMOKE ALARM?
Schedule an appointment for trained Red Cross volunteers to install free smoke alarms in your home, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist and provide information about creating a fire escape plan:
1. Call 503-528-5783
2. Make an appointment online at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire
3. Email us at preparedness@redcross.org

Portland Fire & rescue will also be providing smoke alarms that flash, shake and wake community members that are deaf and hard of hearing. To learn more about this program, visit www.FlashShakeWake.org or call 503-823-3752.


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.


About the Portland Fire & Rescue
Portland Fire & Rescue is the largest fire department and emergency medical services provider in the state of Oregon with more than 700 sworn personnel dedicated to aggressively and safely protecting life, property and the environment. For more information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/fire or find us on Twitter at @PDXFire.

Red Cross Responds To Vancouver Multi Family Fire - 12/29/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 29 2016, at 1:30 am  in the 9000 block of N.E. 73rd street in Vancouver, WA. This multi family fire affected 7 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.

Local Red Cross Sees Double Digit Increase in Disaster Responses in 2016 - 12/28/16

PORTLAND, Ore., December 28, 2016 -- With three days still remaining in 2016, the local American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has had an extremely busy year, responding to 74 more disasters this year compared to last year.

Disaster Response:
In 2016, the Red Cross responded to approximately 668 local disasters. That's a more than 12% increase in disaster responses in one year. We have also helped 2,410 people affected by these disasters, which include home fires, floods and wildfires.

"We responded to an extraordinary number of disasters in 2016," said Amy Shlossman, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "When families lost everything in a fire or a flood this past year, the Red Cross was there to help thanks to the generosity of our local community. With the support of our volunteers and donors, we will continue to be there to help people affected by disasters in the years to come."

Deployments to Relief Operations:
In addition to responding to disasters at home, 177 volunteer responders deployed to 24 disaster relief operations throughout the nation. In 2016, we saw an increase in large scale relief operations due to disasters throughout the U.S. (17 in 2015 compared to 24 in 2016). The local Red Cross more than doubled the number of volunteer responders that deployed to help at national relief operations (67 volunteers deployed in 2015 compared to 177 in 2016).

In 2016, 72 responders deployed multiple times throughout the year to relief operations including floods in Louisiana, floods in Texas, floods in Mississippi, floods in West Virginia, wildfires in California, a hurricane in Florida, floods in Iowa, a hurricane on the Southern East Coast, and wildfires and tornadoes in Tennessee.

Service to the Armed Forces:
The local Red Cross also provided emergency assistance to members of the armed forces and their families 860 times in 2016. We participated in 59 other military service and support events, including 18 reconnection workshops, which help members of the military reconnect with their families following deployment.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of local donors to fulfill its mission.

- A donation of $250 provides a night of emergency shelter and meals for a family of five.
- A donation of $335 helps deploy an emergency response vehicle to provide assistance to a community in need.
- A donation of $500 provides comfort kits which include toiletry and other comfort items for 200 armed service members.
- A donation of $1,650 enables the Red Cross to deploy a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment.

People can help those who need it most through the Red Cross in four ways:

- Make a financial donation to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/donate.
- Schedule an appointment to give blood at www.redcrossblood.org.
- Send cards to members of the Armed Forces through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program at www.redcross.org/mailforheroes.
- Give the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer at www.redcross.org/volunteer.

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 Medford Residential Fire. - 12/28/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 28 2016, at 5:30 am  in the 3000 block of South Pacific Highway in Medford OR. This single family fire affected 1 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.

Red Cross Responds To Klamath Fall Home Fire - 12/28/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 28 2016, at 4:45 am  in the 2000 block of Home Avenue in Klamath Falls, OR. This single family fire affected 3 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 Creswell Residential Fire - 12/28/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 27 2016,  in the 33000 block of East River Drive in Creswell, OR. This single family fire affected 2 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 Second Eugene Residential Fire - 12/27/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 27 2016, at approximately 4:15 pm in the 600 block of Figueroa street in Euugene, OR. Thhis single family fire affected 2 adults, 2 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 Responds To Eugene Residential Fire - 12/27/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 27 2016, at approximately 6:40 am in the 3400 block of Seavey Loop in Euugene, OR. Thhis single family fire affected 1 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 Residential Fire In Adams - 12/27/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 27 2016, at approximately 1:30 am in the 180 block of North College St. In Adams, OR. Thhis single family fire affected 3 adults and 2 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 In Sutherlin - 12/27/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 27 2016, at approximately 1:30 am in the 1400 block of east Central Ave. On Sutherlin, OR. The fire affected 2 adults, 2 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 Responds to Home Fire Affecting 3 People in Cave Junction - 12/26/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 26, 2016, at approximately 12:00 p.m. in the 400 block of Idlewild Drive in Cave Junction, OR. The fire affected 3 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 assists two in Cottage Grove after fire - 12/24/16

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at approximately 10 p.m. in the 34000 block of Row River Road in Cottage Grove, Ore. This single family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided 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 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.

Responders assist after single family fire in La Grande - 12/24/16

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at approximately 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Adams Avenue in La Grande, Oregon. This single family fire affected one adult 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, 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 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.

Responders assist three after Bend fire - 12/22/16

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at approximately 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of SW Division Street in Bend, Oregon. This single family fire affected 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, 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 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.

Respoders assist two adults, pets in Grand Ronde - 12/22/16

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at approximately 7 p.m. in the 7600 block of Fire Hall Road in Grand Ronde, Oregon. This 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, 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 Fire Affecting Multiple Families in Salem - 12/21/16

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 21, 2016, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of Lake Labish Road NE in Salem, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including 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.

Responders assist two after home fire in Redmond - 12/20/16

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the vicinity of SE 9th and E. Antler St in Redmond, Ore. This single family fire affected one adult, one child and multiple 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.

Responders assist five people after multi-family fire in The Dalles - 12/20/16

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at approximately 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of Dry Hollow Road in The Dalles, Ore. This multi-family fire affected four adults, one child and multiple 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 Shelter to Remain Open Through Wednesday Noon - 12/20/16

EUGENE, Ore. December 20, 2016 -- The local American Red Cross will continue to operate a shelter for people affected by widespread power outages in the Eugene area. The Red Cross shelter at Spencer Butte Middle School will remain open tonight, December 20, and is scheduled to close tomorrow, December 21, at noon. The decision to close is based on an assessment of community needs and power restoration progress.

The shelter is located at:
Spencer Butte Middle School
500 E 43rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97405

Individuals and families affected by power outages and in need of a warm and safe place to stay, a shower, access to power outlets to charge cell phones, Wi-Fi and snacks may simply show up to the shelter for help through tomorrow, December 21, at noon.

Community members may call 541-682-5900 for additional information. This number will be staffed December 20 and 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you know of a neighbor or community member that needs help or needs transportation to the shelter, please call 541-682-5900 during operating hours.

Power Outage Safety: Eugene-area residents are encouraged to follow these power outage safety tips. To view a full list of tips, visit: http://rdcrss.org/2hu7NEE

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
-Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Throw out unsafe food
-Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!

Electrical equipment
-Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
-Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
-Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power comes back on.


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.