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


As floodwaters recede, Red Cross shelters remain open for evacuees and relief efforts

December 6, 2007

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Washington State efforts continue

The American Red Cross is continuing relief efforts to help local residents evacuated from their homes due to heavy rains, rising floodwaters, and mudslides throughout Western Washington. Red Cross disaster volunteers have been busy supporting dozens of shelters in the affected areas, many of which are community-based, with supplies and food.

As of Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Red Cross Chapters in Washington State have opened 12 shelters in Western Washington for residents displaced from their homes and seeking refuge from the floodwaters. Over 144 Red Cross disaster volunteers have been working around-the-clock on this disaster response operation as additional volunteers from neighboring states arrive in the next few days. Local Red Cross chapters have provided over 560 nights stay at shelters, provided 750 meals, and served 12,000 snacks since the beginning of the relief efforts. Red Cross damage assessment crews are moving throughout the affected communities as floodwaters recede and will continue as more areas become accessible and safe. For those seeking Red Cross shelter information or assistance are asked to call 1-866-GET-INFO or their local Red Cross chapters.

 

Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, 32 Elma-McCleary Road, Elma, WA 98541

 

Lewis County

Centralia National Guard Armory, 309 Byrd Street, Centralia, WA 98531

Centralia LDS Church, 2801 Mount Vista Road, Centralia, WA 98531

Chehalis LDS Church, 2195 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis, WA 98532

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 349 North Market Blvd, Chehalis, WA 98532

 

Following three Lewis County shelters are being closed due to the reopening of schools, the Red Cross is relocating clients to other open shelters:

WF West High School, 342 SW 16th Street, Chehalis, WA 98532

Edison Elementary School, 607 H Street, Centralia, WA 98531

Centralia Middle School, 901 Johnson Road, Centralia, WA 98531

Following Lewis County shelters are closed:

Napavine Elementary School, 209 East Park Street, Napavine, WA 98565 / Closed

Vader Lions Club, 1201 Eighth Street, Vader, WA 98593 / Closed

Winlock Community Center, 600 Block of NW Kerron Avenue, Winlock, WA 98596 / Closed

 

Thurston County

Rochester LDS Church, 18501 Paulson Street SW, Rochester, WA 98579

 

Following Thurston County shelters are closed:

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Avenue NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Rochester High School, 19800 Carper Road SW, Rochester, WA 98579

 

Mason County

Mason County Public Utilities Department, 307 West Cota Street, Shelton, WA
Theler Community Center, 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA

King County

Spartan Gym at 18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA

 

Snohomish County

World Harvester Family Church, 20830 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA

 

Kitsap County

United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale / STANDBY

 


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.


Oregon Trail Chapter operating five shelters during flood response

December 5, 2007

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The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently operating five shelters in response to current weather events in Oregon. Overnight, according to the National Shelter System, 370 individuals were housed in shelters.

Tillamook County Fairgrounds – 4603 E. 3rd St.

Faulconer-Chapman Elementary in Sheridan – 332 SW Cornwall St.

Garibaldi Community Fire Hall – 107 6th St.

Plymouth Presbyterian Church in St. Helens, 2615 Skyes Road.

Columbia City Community Center, 2705 6th St.

The Red Cross is also providing additional support to eight partner centers:

In Veronia: St. Marty’s Catholic Church, Lincoln Grade School, Cedar Ridge Sports Camp, and Seventh Day Adventist Church. (Note: Veronia area shelters may be consolidated into the Cedar Ridge Sports Camp. Listen to local reports and visit this site for updated information.)

In McMinnville at the Hillside Retirement Center.

In Cannon Beach at the Cannon Beach Presbyterian Church.

In Warrenton at Camp Rilea.

In North Plains at the North Plains Christian Community Church.

Additionally, the Southern Baptist kitchen at St. Helens High School is preparing meals, which the Red Cross will help distribute.

If computer or telephone access is available, residents in affected areas are urged to log on http://www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and register with the Safe and Well website.


Red Cross bringing relief to Western Washington flood areas

December 5, 2007

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SEATTLE, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2007) — The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and other necessities for those affected by the flooding throughout in Western Washington. Residents whose homes have become uninhabitable due to flooding should go to your nearest Red Cross shelter. Red Cross shelters can be found at the following locations:

King County

Spartan Gym at 18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline / OPEN

 

Snohomish County

World Harvester Family Church, 20830 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood / OPEN

 

Kitsap County

United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale / OPEN

 

Lewis County

Chehalis LDS Church, 2195 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis, / OPEN

WF West High School, 342 SW 16th Street, Chehalis, / OPEN

Edison Elementary School, 607 H Street, Centralia, / OPEN

Centralia Middle School, 901 Johnson Road, Centralia, / OPEN

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 349 North Market Blvd, Chehalis, / OPEN

 

Thurston County

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Avenue NW, Olympia, / OPEN

Rochester LDS Church, 18501 Paulson Street SW, Rochester, OPEN

 

Mason County

Mason County Public Utilities Department, 307 West Cota Street, Shelton / OPEN

Theler Community Center, 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair / OPEN

 

The American Red Cross has opened Red Cross shelters for residents who have been evacuated because of rising floodwaters. Red Cross disaster volunteers will be there to provide displaced residents with safe shelter and warm place to stay. Residents seeking shelter are asked to bring – toiletries including toothpaste, personal hygiene items, medication, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, clothing, towels, and washcloths. Bringing a stuffed animal, toys, games, books and/or a favorite blanket might make small children more comfortable. For medical reasons, pets are not allowed in shelters. Local disaster volunteers with the American Red Cross will been providing shelter and meals to individuals and families displaced from their homes.

For more information on the local Red Cross response please go to www.seattleredcross.org or call 206-323-2345.

 

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter has opened Red Cross shelters for South Sound residents who have been evacuated because of rising floodwaters. Red Cross disaster volunteers will be there to provide displaced residents with safe shelter and warm place to stay. Residents seeking shelter are asked to bring – toiletries including toothpaste, personal hygiene items, medication, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, clothing, towels, and washcloths. Bringing a stuffed animal, toys, games, books and/or a favorite blanket might make small children more comfortable. For medical reasons, pets are not allowed in shelters. Local disaster volunteers with the American Red Cross will been providing shelter and meals to individuals and families displaced from their homes.

American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter
(360) 748-4607 Lewis County Office
(360) 352-8575 Thurston-Mason Counties Office
(253) 474-0400 Pierce County Office

For those seeking Red Cross assistance, please call 1-866-GET-INFO

How You Can Help

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Northwest Flooding, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. 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. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org.