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

Red Cross reunites father and daughter after wildfires

Enjoli Graham and a furry family member. September 2020 By Gordon Williams  Enjoli Graham was safely housed in a Red Cross shelter in Wenatchee, WA after escaping the fast-moving Cold Creek wildfire. Now she anxiously awaited word about the well-being of her father, Darrell. Darrell lived close to where wildfires were burning, and he was … Continue reading Red Cross reunites father and daughter after wildfires

Regional Executive tours WA Wildfire Country

Ryan Rodin (left) and Alex Dieffenbach (right) deliver Disaster Emergency Supplies to Malden, WA By Gordon Williams  Alex Dieffenbach, chief executive officer of the Red Cross Northwest Region, saw first-hand the severity and scale of damage in Malden WA — a tiny farming town near Spokane that lost everything to wildfire. The town hall, police … Continue reading Regional Executive tours WA Wildfire Country

In their darkest moments, they uplifted others

Flowers, candles and signs decorate the outside of La Milpa restaurant in Brewster, WA on September 12, 2020. By Patricia Friedman, NWWA Red Cross Volunteer  The patriarch of La Milpa Restaurant and Grocery, Ernesto Santos, was a well-respected community man who always helped others, I was told. So it came as no surprise that on … Continue reading In their darkest moments, they uplifted others

Father and son watch flames engulf family orchard

Charred fruit still hangs from branches on the Lynn Family Farm after wildfire swept through the area. September 14, 2020 By Mark Walker Benjamin Lynn and son Ryder were forced off their family farm last week when wildfire flames jumped the Columbia River near Bridgeport, WA. The conflagration from the more than 270,000-acre Pearl Fire … Continue reading Father and son watch flames engulf family orchard

Red Cross + Salvation Army team up to feed evacuees in Puyallup

Shelter Manager Rich Simmons accepts a delivery of food and supplies from the Salvation Army. September 2020 By Ray Lapine Salvation Army Captain John Kelly is Deborah Veltry's hero. Veltry is the Red Cross volunteer in charge of finding meals for Red Cross shelters and Kelley had agreed that the Salvation Army's Puyallup kitchen would … Continue reading Red Cross + Salvation Army team up to feed evacuees in Puyallup

How Dan Mosley tends to Mental Health at disaster scenes

Disaster Mental Health volunteer, Dan Mosley, working from his virtual work space in West Seattle. September 2020 By Gordon Williams  Dan Mosley of West Seattle credits mountain biking for making him a Red Cross volunteer in Colorado a quarter-century ago. Dan is an avid mountain biker, and the Colorado Red Cross raised money through its … Continue reading How Dan Mosley tends to Mental Health at disaster scenes

Mom and kids flee fire and find shelter with the Red Cross

Justine and her 3 children enjoy a meal provided by the American Red Cross after evacuating their Bonney Lake WA neighborhood. September, 2020. By Mark Walker Justine Rosencrans and her three young children were sound asleep Tuesday morning when they were suddenly awoken with a command to flee. The family’s home on Myers Road in Bonney Lake … Continue reading Mom and kids flee fire and find shelter with the Red Cross

Evacuated family finds safety and shelter with the Red Cross

By Ray Lapine First there was the gauntlet of smoke and fire. Lisa Torgerson got a phone alert early Tuesday morning warning that she had to evacuate immediately because of the advancing wildfire. She and her two adult daughters who were living at home grabbed the family photo albums and started out in a caravan … Continue reading Evacuated family finds safety and shelter with the Red Cross