Unprecedented 3rd Quarter for Local Red Cross Disaster Responses


Amid multiple hurricanes, wildfires, and a tragic mass casualty incident,
275 responders from Oregon and SW Washington have deployed to help at disaster
relief operations in our region and beyond. This represents a more than 60
percent increase in deployments when compared to the same time last year.
PORTLAND, Ore., October
25, 2017

– With deadly wildfires and record hurricanes, the local American Red Cross in
Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) has experienced an
unprecedented number of disaster relief responses and deployments in the third
quarter of 2017. Since July 1, 275 local responders have deployed to help at
disaster relief operations including Oregon wildfires; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma,
Maria and Nate; and wildfires in California plus other responses to flooding
and storms in the Midwest and South.
number of responders deploying to relief operations in the first quarter of
2017 represents a more than 60% increase in deployments when compared to the
same time last year. In addition to deployments, local responders continue to
respond to home fire disasters and help an average of three families across the
region every day with things like shelter, food, water and other assistance following home fires, floods and damaging storms.
the past 50+ days, the American Red Cross has sheltered more people than we
have in the past five years combined. As of today, 40 local responders remain deployed
either virtually or on the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
California and Texas helping communities affected by destructive hurricanes and
record wildfires.
currently deployed are from the following cities: Ashland, Beaverton, Bend,
Coos Bay, Eugene, Florence, Happy Valley, Keizer, Mosier, North Plains, Portland,
Rockaway Beach, Roseburg, Salem, Silverton, Springfield, Tigard and Turner, Oregon
and Battle Ground, Goldendale and Vancouver, Washington.
local Red Cross served more than 22,560
meals and snacks to people evacuated by wildfires.
More than 200 local Red Cross
responders provided more than 870
overnight stays in 16 wildfire
relief shelters.
·     Since the fires began, the Red Cross, community and government
partners have provided more than 27,700
overnight stays in emergency shelters.
With the help of partners, the Red Cross has
served more than 144,000 meals and
snacks for those affected.
·     The Red Cross has distributed more than 109,000 emergency relief
items such as masks, gloves, rakes, trash bags
and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and
other hygiene items
to people in need.
More than 870 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground
·        In the last eight weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided 1.3 million (1,343,000) overnight stays in emergency shelters.  
·        With the help of our partners, the Red Cross
has served more than 6.7 million
(6,762,000) meals and snacks —
that’s more food than the
past 4 years combined.
·        The Red Cross has distributed more than 4.7 million (4,723,000)
emergency relief items to people in need.
·       Red Cross
volunteers have provided more than 196,700 mental health and health
services to support and care for those affected.
·      A total of more than 16,000 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers,
have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts. Many of these
workers have supported multiple relief operations or deployed multiple times.
Right now, more than 1,400 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground. More than 100 Red Cross workers from
around the world have deployed to the United States to help with hurricane
relief efforts. 
Red Cross has launched massive responses to these devastating hurricanes and
needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate and ongoing disaster
relief for those affected. Help people affected by visiting redcross.org or calling
1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation.
enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these
disasters. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their
donation to hurricane relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on
redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
About the American
Red Cross
The American Red
Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;
supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives;
provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and
their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook
at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on
Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.


Monique Dugaw
Regional Director of Communications and Marketing
Phone:  (503) 877-7121

Cascades Region
Serving Oregon and SW Washington
3131 N. Vancouver Avenue
Portland, OR  97227