Tracy Sheehy’s Whirlwind Trip from One Fire to Another

By Gordon Williams  Red Cross volunteer Tracy Sheehy had just returned home from a two-week deployment to the California wildfires when she was asked to help at the fires sweeping through Washington. Now she is mass care manager for Red Cross sheltering operations in Federal Way and Puyallup where she works with shelter manager Richard … Continue reading Tracy Sheehy’s Whirlwind Trip from One Fire to Another

How Janice Chapman Shelters Clients from Wildfires and COVID19

By Gordon Williams  Janice Chapman Red Cross volunteer Janice Chapman was warned on the afternoon of Sunday, September 6 that she might be deployed to a wildfire in Eastern Washington. The call to deploy came early the next morning. “I was just finishing my coffee,” Janice said. Within hours, she was on her way to … Continue reading How Janice Chapman Shelters Clients from Wildfires and COVID19

Staying Safe in a Threatening Wildfire Season

July 25, 2018. Redding, California. Wildfires. Photo by Kris Warner/American Red Cross By Gordon Williams The images on television are horrific — pictures of wildfires burning out of control in California, Oregon and Eastern Washington. Since wildfire season is likely to last until the soaking rains of autumn, it’s essential you know how to stay … Continue reading Staying Safe in a Threatening Wildfire Season

Fran Adams: From the Eye of Hurricane Florence

By Gordon Williams There’s a bit of the hero in any Red Cross volunteer who sets out to aid the victims of some far-off disaster. Still, some Red Cross volunteers are a bit more heroic than others. Case-in-point is Fran Adams of Olympia WA, who has responded to so many disasters over the years that … Continue reading Fran Adams: From the Eye of Hurricane Florence

Red Cross volunteer sits next to a man at a table in a shelter.

Auburn Spirit Shines after Devastating Apartment Fire

By Dale Steinke When a massive fire left 35 people without homes and leveled the historic Heritage Building in Auburn’s downtown in late December, the community rose up with uncommon generosity and coordination to help those who’d lost everything. “You never want to see disaster strike any community, but when it does, seeing the way … Continue reading Auburn Spirit Shines after Devastating Apartment Fire