Red Cross in Washington Updates Services

December 19, 2007

American Red Cross disaster relief operation continues to  adjust its service locations and services to address changing community needs.  Locations and details found here: Read the rest of this entry »


American Red Cross Video Feeds Now Available

December 13, 2007

All material from ARC video crews is available for viewing and download via our FTP site.

To access the FTP site go to:

www.videobluemoon.com/login.php

In the e-mail address field, type oregonflood (as written: lower case – one word)

Password: redcross (again, as written)

In the index page that follows, just click on the link for the video you want to see.

A page will build (after a few moments) that includes a viewing frame with a still image from the video.  To view the video, just click on the image. QuickTime must be installed on the computer for this video to be seen. (most computers used by TV personnel will have it installed) It’s a free plug-in from Apple available at www.apple.com.

The video can either be viewed for preview, or downloaded by newsroom personnel for broadcast. The video is a MPEG-2 program stream file – high resolution for broadcast.


Red Cross Oregon Flood Relief Headquarters Relocates

December 9, 2007

The American Red Cross headquarters for flood relief along the northern Oregon coast has moved to Beaverton, Ore. The former General Motors parts distribution center, located at 15005 SW Tualatin Valley Highway, can accommodate more than 300 volunteers, dozens of vehicles and pallets of relief supplies.From here, the Red Cross will launch its emergency response vehicles, which deliver meals to shelters, individual homeowners and emergency crews, as well as dozens of outreach teams that will visit with individuals and families to help them begin the recovery process


Fast Facts – Washington State Flood ResponseFast Facts for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in Southwest Washington

December 9, 2007

  Currently
To Date
Shelters Open

5

12

Overnight Stays in Shelters

80

1,112

Fixed Feeding Sites

0

15

Meals and Snacks Served

7,167

Red Cross Disaster Workers

291

291

Emergency Response Vehicles

14

16

Calls to 1-866-GET-INFO line

27

239


Individual Assistance and Emotional Support Available

December 8, 2007

The American Red Cross will open a Service Center on Sunday, December 9 to provide assistance to individuals and families affected by the Washington flood. This center will allow people who live in affected areas to meet one-on-one with a Red Cross caseworker to discuss their immediate emergency disaster-caused needs.

Location:

Bethel Church

132 Kirkland Road

Chehalis, WA 98532

Hours of Operation:

Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At Red Cross service centers, trained relief workers — including nurses, crisis counselors and caseworkers — will talk confidentially with residents affected by the flood. The Red Cross may be able to help disaster victims with the means to pay for what they need most: groceries, clothing, rent and essential household items. Additionally, Red Cross health nurses assess sanitary conditions, assist with disaster-related minor injuries and illnesses and may help victims replace eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids or prescriptions lost in the disaster. Individuals or families who apply to the Red Cross for assistance must bring with them some form of identification showing their address, as proof that they lived in the area affected by the disaster. Those who are unable to get to the service center can call the Red Cross disaster assistance hotline at 1-866-GET-INFO.


American Red Cross Video Feeds Now Available

December 8, 2007

All material from ARC video crews is available for viewing and download via our FTP site.

To access the FTP site go to:

www.videobluemoon.com/login.php

In the e-mail address field, type oregonflood (as written: lower case – one word)

Password: redcross (again, as written)

In the index page that follows, just click on the link for the video you want to see.

A page will build (after a few moments) that includes a viewing frame with a still image from the video.  To view the video, just click on the image. QuickTime must be installed on the computer for this video to be seen. (most computers used by TV personnel will have it installed) It’s a free plug-in from Apple available at www.apple.com.

The video can either be viewed for preview, or downloaded by newsroom personnel for broadcast. The video is a MPEG-2 program stream file – high resolution for broadcast.


Red Cross Flood Relief Headquarters Relocates

December 7, 2007

StrategyToday, the American Red Cross headquarters for flood relief in Western Washington moved to Tumwater, Wash. The State of Washington generously donated space at its printing facility on New Market Boulevard to accommodate more than 400 volunteers, dozens of vehicles and pallets of relief supplies. From here, the Red Cross will launch its Emergency Response Vehicles, delivering meals to emergency crews and those cleaning up their homes as well as dozens of outreach teams that will visit with individuals and families to help them begin the recovery process.