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How You Can Support the Red Cross During West Coast Wildfires

Oregon Wildfires 2020

September 19, 2020. Lyons, Oregon. American Red Cross disaster response teams check on what locations they will go to deliver meals to residents affected by the Oregon wildfires, in Lyons, OR on Saturday September 19, 2020. Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross

As wildfire season continues throughout Western states like Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California, American Red Cross volunteers are there to help with disaster relief for communities in need.

“July has already been an incredibly busy month for the Red Cross, with hundreds of disaster workers responding to help people whose lives were turned upside down by wildfires and other disasters,” said Alex Dieffenbach, Northwest Region CEO, in a release.

Volunteers have been critical in providing aid to those displaced by the fires and relocated to more than 12 shelters and regional evacuation centers. They are operating around the clock to feed, shelter, and provide emotional assistance.

Some of the items received by disaster victims include not only food and snacks, but water, temporary beds, prescription eyewear, and medications. Additional resources have been offered to get families moved to safety — particularly people who have lost their homes.

Here are a few ways to assist the Red Cross in their work:

  • Volunteer to house or feed people affected by disasters;
  • Make a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or text DISASTER to 90999 to make a $10 donation;
  • Donate blood or platelets to sustain local blood supplies;
  • Individuals in medical-related fields can volunteer their expertise.