Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle Brings Boost to Red Cross Disaster Response

By Jennifer Astion  This summer, the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross will be reaching out to the community with a new Emergency Response Vehicle built specifically for disaster relief missions. Thanks to the generous support of individual donations and a $50,000 gift from BNSF Railway, the chapter will use the new vehicle … Continue reading Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle Brings Boost to Red Cross Disaster Response

Red Cross closely watching climate change

Ryan Rodin (left) is executive director of the Greater Inland Northwest Red Cross chapter and a leading voice on the impact of climate change on disaster intensity, impact and response. By Gordon Williams   When you’re the executive director of the Greater Inland Northwest Red Cross chapter, wildfires; their cause, frequency, and community impact, are never … Continue reading Red Cross closely watching climate change

Pandemic brings out the best in Red Cross volunteers and others

By Mark Walker Legions of American Red Cross volunteers have stepped up over the last year and a half to help the nation confront the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Be it staffing emergency shelters, assisting with vaccine distribution or making sure the emergency needs of fire victims are met, volunteers have responded in droves during the … Continue reading Pandemic brings out the best in Red Cross volunteers and others

How the Red Cross managed a wicked wildfire season

By Gordon Williams  We’re barely into Spring, but the American Red Cross is already looking ahead to a summer wildfire season that could be as bad as the record-setting season that scorched Washington in 2020. Between an unprecedented number of fires and the strictures imposed by Covid-19, the 2020 wildfire season stressed Red Cross resources … Continue reading How the Red Cross managed a wicked wildfire season

Volunteer Sharon Andrews takes a new role in Red Cross technology

By Gordon Williams  Sharon Andrews It takes willing hands and compassion to carry out the Red Cross mission of aiding disaster victims and managing the nation's blood supply. But it also takes a ton of technology to make sure that mission is carried out effectively and efficiently.  Volunteer Sharon Andrews of Spokane WA says she … Continue reading Volunteer Sharon Andrews takes a new role in Red Cross technology

How the Red Cross helps – when help is needed most

A Red Cross DAT Volunteer responds to a multi-unit home fire By Gordon Williams  American Red Cross chapters serve their communities in many ways — from teaching CPR and first aid to keeping hospitals stocked with human blood. But nowhere is the contact more hands on and personal than the aid Red Cross volunteers deliver to disaster … Continue reading How the Red Cross helps – when help is needed most

Why I Volunteer: Disaster Action Team Supervisor John McNamara

Volunteer John McNamara from his home in Pullman, WA By Jennifer Astion "We are dealing with several houses with trees on them today," said Red Cross volunteer John McNamara when I spoke with him during a windstorm in mid-January 2021. He is a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Supervisor for the eastern part of the Greater Inland Northwest … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Disaster Action Team Supervisor John McNamara

How to build a disaster-proof home survival kit

By Gordon Williams  A crucial element of preparedness is having enough emergency supplies on hand to get you through a disaster. And while the risk of wildfires is waning, colder weather increases the risk of winter storms and home fires. But exactly what items should be in your emergency stockpile? What constitutes a disaster-proof home … Continue reading How to build a disaster-proof home survival kit