February 15, 2017 – Although the emergency evacuation order previously in place near the Oroville Dam has been modified to an evacuation warning, American Red Cross shelters in the area remain open. People who are unable to evacuate quickly should the evacuation order be reinstated are encouraged to remain evacuated.

Eighteen responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington have traveled to California to aid in the response, including responders from Portland, Dallas, Monmouth, Medford, Silverton, Bend, Wood Village, Salem and Newberg, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. They are helping to manage and staff shelters and deliver food and other supplies to the area.

The Red Cross is looking for new disaster response volunteers and will hold trainings this week in Central and Southern Oregon. Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a disaster response volunteer in the local community and/or a responder for national deployments are encouraged to attend our new disaster response volunteer training. Trainings will be conducted February 16 and 17 at the following times and in the following locations in Medford, Brookings, Klamath Falls and Bend.

Medford, Oregon
February 16, 2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Red Cross Medford Office
60 Hawthorne Street in Medford, OR
Deployment Overview Training – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Shelter Fundamentals Training – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Brookings, Oregon
February 17, 2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Southern Oregon Community College
Curry Campus: 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Room 138 in Brookings, OR
Deployment Overview Training – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Shelter Fundamentals Training – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Klamath Falls, Oregon
February 17, 2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Klamath Falls Red Cross Office
3305 South 11th Street in Klamath Falls, OR
Deployment Overview Training – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Psychological First Aid Training – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Bend, Oregon
February 16, 2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Service Master training room
20806 Sockeye Place Suite 210 in Bend, OR
Deployment Overview Training – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Psychological First Aid Training – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

No RSVP is required and interested people can simply show up to the trainings. Questions about the training events may be directed to: volunteer.cascades@redcross.org or 503.528.5624.

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can visit redcross.org/shelter. If someone is staying with friends or family, they can visit Red Cross shelters during the day for information or a hot meal.

People can also download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including open shelter locations, emergency weather alerts and safety information. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross depends on donations to prepare for and provide immediate relief from disasters. Help people affected by California floods by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.