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Victims of floods, landslides may spend holidays in shelters


Landslide concerns in Oregon City have forced the mandatory evacuation of multiple apartment buildings this week with more families expected to spend the holidays at the Red Cross shelter at Oregon City High School.

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Since Monday, more than 50 local residents have found a safe place to stay, hot meals and support at the shelter.

Over the past three weeks, almost 200 Red Cross disaster responders have deployed throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington Red Cross volunteers from 14 states have joined the cadre of volunteers from Oregon and Washington to respond to record floods, landslides, a tornado and freezing conditions. who are helping neighbors in need across our flood-ravaged area over the past weeks.

The Red Cross has opened 11 shelters, distributed more than 1,300 clean-up kits and relief items, and served more than 8,000 meals and snacks in 13 counties in Oregon and six counties in Southwest Washington.

“We have seen unprecedented disaster response this year,” says Amy Shlossman, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “From home fires to wildfires to the tragic shooting that occurred in Roseburg this fall and the ongoing winter storms, the Red Cross is there. Our volunteers were among first responders, providing shelter, meals, comfort and hope to people affected by disasters large and small.”

“Our response to the recent flooding, landslides and tornado is truly a story of neighbors helping neighbors with many Red Cross responders serving in their local communities. Other dedicated Red Cross volunteers have traveled from across the country to be here through the holidays.”

This holiday season, the Red Cross urges residents to “give something that means something” by making a donation to support ongoing disaster relief and local services throughout the year. The Red Cross holiday gift catalog offers individuals the opportunity to give gifts that “give back” by supporting specific Red Cross services in honor of loved ones. For $50, you can provide a full day of emergency shelter to someone in need; $200 supports a family of four. For $335, the Red Cross can deploy an emergency response vehicle for a day. Visit www.redcross.org/gift to make a difference in our local community.

“The Red Cross is powered by volunteers and local donors that make our services possible.” says Shlossman. “Donations to the Red Cross this holiday season ensure that we can continue to be there whenever, wherever disasters strike.”