Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Oregon Red Cross

This is a press release courtesy of the Red Cross: http://www.kval.com/news/local/51234452.html

An apartment fire on 16th Street in Springfield displaced several families Sunday morning. Red Cross volunteers responded to the fire scene to care for the displaced families.

Red Cross Emergency Response volunteers met with 5 families to provide emergency basic needs including lodging for the 16 fire victims as well as provide immediate assistance for coping with the fire and appropriate next steps. One household was not home during the fire and Red Cross will be available to assist this family as well.

The Oregon Pacific Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to all residential fires in Lane County. Red Cross provides emergency lodging, food, clothing, and assistance obtaining necessary medications or health items. The Red Cross then continues to work with these families as they plan their long-range recovery including move-in assistance to a new rental as needed.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. Red Cross volunteers are specially trained in various aspects of disaster response, including shelter and feeding, health services and crisis counseling, damage assessment, and follow-up client casework. The volunteers also have the full support of the local Red Cross for additional personnel and resources if needed.

You can help victims of disasters in our community by making a financial gift to the local American Red Cross, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call (541) 344-5244 or donate online at oregonpacific.redcross.org.

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