[8/9/16] Local Red Cross Asks For More Volunteers For Future Disaster Responses

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As wildfire season continues to heat up- the American Red Cross serving the Greater Inland Northwest, is looking for volunteers to support disaster response efforts and other critical services throughout Okanogan, Chelan , Douglas and Grant counties.

Jacqueline Koch (COOK), is the Regional Communications Program Manager, and helps cover Eastern Washington’s Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross.

She says the The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission- providing shelter, food, emotional support and many other necessities to those affected. In our area- on top of that list is wildfires…

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The American Red Cross recently launched a program called the Home Fire Campaign. The goal of that initiative is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next 5 years.

(COOK) says the Red Cross is asking every household in America to check for or install smoke alarms, practice fire drills and build an emergency kit for quick evacuation…

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Cook adds that locally, the Red Cross relies on more than 600 volunteers to provide support and services- with a wide range of service duties…

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For more information on all things Red Cross, from volunteering at a local level, to giving blood and donations, call the local chapter at 509-663-3907 –

or online at REDCROSS.ORG/LOCAL.

 

August 8, 2016 As wildfire season heats up, the American Red Cross serving the Greater Inland Northwest is looking for volunteers to support disaster response efforts and other critical services throughout Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties.

 

“The Red Cross is a volunteer-lead organization and over the past few years, we have seen how critical local volunteers are to providing disaster response services,” said Megan Snow, Executive Director. “Having individuals who are trained and ready to respond in their communities allows us to provide services like evacuation shelters during wildfires as quickly as possible when the need arises.”

 

In addition to being trained to respond to major disaster relief operations such as wildfires, local volunteers are also trained to provide assistance following more common disasters such as house fires. All training is provided at no cost to volunteers.

 

For more information about volunteer opportunities available through the Red Cross, call the Red Cross office at (509) 679-8795 or visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.