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Red Cross to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Homes in Southern Oregon (Photo) - 09/26/19

MEDFORD, Ore., Sept. 26, 2019 — The American Red Cross Cascades Region, Fire District 3 and community volunteers are partnering to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Southern Oregon. On Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 9 a.m., Red Cross volunteers will go door-to-door in Eagle Point and White City, OR to install free smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information.

The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them and has installed more than 25,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 2014. Seven lives have been saved in our area as a result of Red Cross installed smoke alarms.

People interested in volunteering to install free smoke alarms on Saturday, Sept. 28, should contact Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Christi MacLaren at 541-779-3773.

WHAT: Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation Event

WHERE: Fire District 3, 8383 Agate Rd. White City, OR 97503

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019, starting at 9 a.m.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Christi MacLaren and others will be available for media interviews at 9 a.m. at Fire District 3.

GET AN ALARM The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (541) 749-4144 or complete an online form at http://www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.

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

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.

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Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to Texas to Assist with Tropical Storm Imelda Response - 09/19/19

Five volunteers from SW Washington to help provide disaster assistance in Texas

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 19, 2019 – Tropical Storm Imelda has brought intense rain to the state of Texas causing severe flooding in the city of Houston and the surrounding region. To help provide support for those in need, the Red Cross Cascades Region (serving Oregon and Southwest Washington) is deploying five volunteers to assist in the response. That number could increase in the days to come as the impact of the storm becomes clearer.

The Red Cross disaster responders from Longview, Wolf Creek, Woodland and Vancouver, Washington, are making their way to the region. In coordination with government and community partners, Red Crossers will be supporting disaster relief operations in shelters and providing food, cots, blankets and other relief supplies to help people affected by the flooding.

In order to be ready to assist in the relief efforts related to these disasters, the local Red Cross Cascades Region is always looking for volunteer disaster responders. People interested in volunteering for the Red Cross as a disaster responder are encouraged to visit redcross.org/volunteer for more information.

CONNECT WITH LOVED ONES

The Red Cross has two ways to help you reconnect with loved ones. The free Red Cross Safe and Well website allows people to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done on the website or by texting SAFE to 78876.

The Red Cross Emergency App “I’m Safe” button allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. The Emergency App is in English and Spanish and is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

MAKE A DONATION Help people affected by disasters. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Call 1-800-RED CROSS, visit RedCross.org or text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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.

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