The Red Cross has mobilized a massive relief effort across Oregon, Washington and California and is working 24/7 to ensure that people have a safe place to stay, along with food and comfort during this time of uncertainty.
In Southwest Oregon the American Red Cross has been working with partners, emergency management and local officials to meet the needs of our community. As of 9/21, the American Red Cross has provided the following:
Hosted more than 15,000 Overnight stays in shelters and hotel rooms.
Served over 77,000 meals and snacks
Provided 1500 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs,
Since the wildfires began in Oregon, along with our partners the ARC has provided as of 9/21/20
33,000 overnight stays providing people with safe refuge from the wildfires in emergency lodgings, including shelters and, in most cases, hotels. While some people choose to stay in RVs or tents, this has not changed our willingness to help. Anyone who has been affected by the fires is welcome to stop by a shelter to get a hot meal or access other support.
More than 550 Red Cross disaster workers are helping evacuees cope, both on the ground and virtually. Some of these dedicated Red Crossers are volunteers who have been evacuated and are coping with the uncertainty of whether they will have a home to return to.
With the help of partners, served more than 139,000 meals and snacks
Distributed nearly 4700 relief items (Comfort, Clean up and Wildfire kits).
Volunteers have also provided more than 4100 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs or provide emotional and spiritual support during these challenging times. This includes replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or other medical equipment.
Red Cross Integrated Care Condolence Teams are helping to coordinate services and provide support to families whose loved ones are missing, injured or deceased across Oregon, Washington and California.
The Red Cross is working closely with FEMA, Emergency Management, local nonprofit and faith-based partners, to create plans and coordinate recovery services to ensure people get the assistance that they need to get back on their feet. In many areas, one-on-one connections are being made with people still in emergency lodgings to help plan for their next steps. The Red Cross has utilized the breadth and depth of its resources to nearly triple the local number of personnel less than a week from the initial fire, including bilingual personnel that are part of the Latino Engagement Team, to ensure we are serving all those in need.
Due to the wildfires more than 115 blood drives have been cancelled in Oregon and Washington, resulting in over 2,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by these wildfires are needed to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Individuals can schedule an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS. Please help if you can and donate blood today.