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 »


Red Cross pledge: We help victims of all disasters, large and small

December 11, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore.The American Red Cross would like to express its gratitude to for the generous support Oregonians are demonstrating by helping their neighbors affected by the recent flooding in Clatsop, Colombia, Coos, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties. Our disaster response volunteers are working long hours with community partners to continue meeting the needs of families impacted by these tragic events so close to the holidays.   Read the rest of this entry »


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


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.


Use of Safe and Well website encouraged

December 7, 2007

The American Red Cross continues to provide relief to residents affected by the flooding throughout Western Washington and urges residents to register on the Safe and Well list. Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well” and obtain a much-needed peace of mind. The Chehalis Timberland Library and Techline, a technology company in Aberdeen, are allowing friends and family members without power to access the Safe and Well Web site from their computer terminals. If you are unable to travel call someone to register for you. To register visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) for assistance from a Red Cross agent, or visit the following locations.

Chehalis Timberland Library
350 N. Market Blvd.
Chehalis, WA 98532-0419

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The library is located across the street from the Red Cross shelter at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis.

Techline

914 E. Wishkah

Aberdeen, WA 98520

Hours: Thursday until 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Techline is running on generator power so the available hours are subject to change.

The company is located across the street from Wal Mart in Aberdeen.


You can help with Red Cross recovery efforts in Pacific Northwest

December 6, 2007

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Many Washington residents have inquired about where they can donate clothing and household goods so those affected by the flood can return to normalcy as soon as possible after the flood waters recede. Many community organizations, including the American Red Cross, are not accepting donations of individual items, such as food, clothing, furniture and cleaning supplies, because it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful and responsible way. Some donations, though well-intentioned, have hidden costs and pose many complications. You can, however, support your community by donating these items to an organization that is not participating in relief efforts and is equipped to put them to the best possible local use.

 

The best way to help those affected by this and other disasters is to make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Monetary contributions enable organizations, like the American Red Cross, to purchase the most urgently needed items as close to the disaster site as possible. Purchasing near the disaster site ensures supplies get to those affected as quickly as possible, without delay and hefty transportation costs. And because communities hit by disasters generally experience significant economic loss, buying goods locally also helps to stimulate a weakened economy and support area businesses.

 

Monetary contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-Red Cross or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). You can also make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting: http://www.redcross.org.

 


Red Cross shelter to open in South Bend, Washington

December 5, 2007

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2007) – The American Red Cross will open a shelter in South Bend, Wash., at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, to serve those affected by the flooding in coastal regions of Pacific County. The shelter will be located at Chauncy Davis Elementary School, 500 E. 1st Street, South Bend, Wash.

For those in the areas affected by the recent storms, and who still have access to power, the Internet, or phone service, the Red Cross recommends that you register on their “Safe and Well” Web site. Registration can be made either on the Internet at www.redcross.org and clicking on the Safe and Well button, or by phone, 1-800-Red Cross. Safe and Well is also a resource for concerned family and friends of people who may have been affected by a flooding to search a list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well.” The results of a successful search, either online or via phone, will display a loved one’s First Name, Last Name, an “As of Date”, and the “safe and well” messages selected.

If you are interested in helping those affected by the flooding in Washington and Oregon, the following information may assist you in making your donation decisions.

• The best way to help a disaster victim is through a financial donation to the American Red Cross.

American Red Cross disaster relief is free and made possible by the generous donations of the American people.

• The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide immediate emergency assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters each year, disasters like the flooding in the Northwest.

• Disaster victims need essential assistance right away, such as water, food, shelter and mental health counseling. The Disaster Relief Fund is the resource that allows the Red Cross to respond to anyone with disaster-caused needs, whenever and wherever a disaster occurs.

The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation.

Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org or http://www.swwashington.redcross.org. You may also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish), or locally at local chapter offices (360-693-5821 in Vancouver, 360-423-7880 in Longview, 360-642-5766 in Ilwaco and 360-875-6012 in Raymond).

• The Red Cross is unable to accept small, individual donations or collections of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies. The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to disaster victims is almost always greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally, and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful way.

• While the Red Cross can not accept the donation of an individual item, you can support your community by donating these items to an organization that is equipped to put them to the best possible local use.

 

The Red Cross may accept sizable, bulk donations if they meet the service delivery needs of a particular relief operation. These donations typically come from companies that can package the items in bulk, put them on pallets and ship them directly to the disaster site. If you have a bulk donation that you think would be appropriate for Red Cross relief operations, please contact your local Red Cross chapter office, 360-693-5821 in Vancouver, 360-423-7880 in Longview, 360-642-5766 in Ilwaco and 360-875-6012 in Raymond.