Red Cross training sessions to help with hurricane disaster relief

Portland Red Cross trains volunteers for hurricane relief

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The local Red Cross in the Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) has deployed six emergency response vehicles to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew.

Those vehicles are from Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Vancouver.

They started across the country Sunday to help communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. The vehicles will travel to affected neighborhoods and deliver food and relief items, including blankets and clean-up kits.

Photos: Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

A total of 29 Red Cross disaster responders from Portland, Beaverton, Junction City, Keizer, John Day, Blodgett, Roseburg, Medford, Salem, Bend and Vancouver will help with relief efforts. They will staff and manage shelters, stock and distribute supplies, and provide food, cots, blankets and other relief supplies to help people in harm's way.

"Our local responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are focused on keeping people safe and getting them the help they need," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region.
"Without our trained volunteers, who make up more than 90 percent of our disaster workforce, these relief efforts would not be possible. Thanks to our generous local donors, we can be ready to help people anytime and anywhere."

The Red Cross Cascades Region is looking for more volunteers to help with Hurricane Matthew and other disasters. Volunteer recruitment and training sessions are being held throughout the region this week. Anyone interested in deploying with the Red Cross to help with this relief effort is encouraged to attend a training session. No RSVP is required.

Monday, October 10, 2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Regional Headquarters
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227

Tuesday, October 11, 2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Salem Office
675 Orchard Heights Rd. NW Suite 200, Salem, OR 97304

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Eugene Office
862 Bethel Dr., Eugene, OR 97402

Thursday, October 13, 2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Red Cross Medford Office
60 Hawthorne St., Medford, OR 97504

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