It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s a Red Cross Volunteer!

December 13, 2007

By Lise Harwin, Marketing & Communications, American Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter 

It doesn’t take Superman to save lives in a small town. It just takes Clark Kent…or at least a guy with glasses.

Peter Williamson, a long-time volunteer with the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, put those specs to good use on Tuesday, Dec. 4, after rainfall had ravaged Oregon’s coastal communities. Read the rest of this entry »


Amateur Radio Provides Lifeline During Disaster

December 13, 2007

By Nick Samaniego, Media & Government Affairs, American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles, on assignment in Oregon 

Beaverton, Ore. – Hard hitting disasters like the recent Northwest storms can knock communications for a loop. In Oregon, thousands of homes and businesses were left “power-less” – without utilities, telephones or any lines of communication to outside help.  Luckily, local residents in storm ravaged areas could depend on a handful of specially trained volunteers dedicated to an old-fashioned method of information sharing – ham radio. 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 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 »


“SPONTANEOUS VOLUNTEERS” PROVIDE LOCAL SUPPORT TO RED CROSS EFFORTS

December 10, 2007

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Over the past week, specially trained American Red Cross volunteers from across the nation have been deployed to the Northwest to provide food, shelter, counseling and care for families in hard hit communities along the northern Oregon coast.

But behind the scenes, a different type of volunteer work force has emerged to bolster Red Cross efforts from within. Dozens of local men and women with little or no emergency response training have stepped forward as “spontaneous volunteers,” eager to help their neighbors in need.

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Red Cross Responds to Oregon Flooding

December 9, 2007

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From Tillamook to St. Helens, the Red Cross works to help victims

PORTLAND, Ore. – Rain storms that caused flooding throughout the northern Oregon coast have damaged thousands of homes and businesses and claimed several lives. The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a variety of services to those affected by this flooding, from sheltering and feeding affected residents and emergency workers, to conducting damage assessment and counseling to families as they begin to recover from their losses. 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