Time to Prepare for the Great Washington Shakeout

By Gordon Williams Schedule yourself to put aside whatever you are doing at precisely 10:18 a.m. on October 18th (10:18 on 10/18) and spend the next 60 seconds dropping, covering and holding on. By doing so, you will be one of the million-plus people in Washington—more than 40 million people worldwide—practicing their earthquake coping skills … Continue reading Time to Prepare for the Great Washington Shakeout

Volunteer Returns to his Roots to Survey Harvey’s Damage

By Dale Steinke Technology, including a new phone app, helped Walla Walla retiree William “Bill” Herrington and his fellow American Red Cross volunteers complete numerous home damage assessments and find their way around the Texas Gulf Coast to support Hurricane Harvey relief. Herrington, an upper Texas Gulf Coast native, became a volunteer last December with … Continue reading Volunteer Returns to his Roots to Survey Harvey’s Damage

Help for Honing your Earthquake Survival Skills

By Gordon Williams The Great Washington ShakeOut--the moment each year when we’re supposed to practice our earthquake survival skills--comes this year at 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, October 19. Keeping your drop, cover and hold-on skills up to speed is a pretty compelling notion in a region where earthquakes are all too common. As the state … Continue reading Help for Honing your Earthquake Survival Skills

Help Prepare Communities for and Recover from Disaster: AmeriCorps Members Wanted!

    Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in the community? Do you want to gain new skills and experiences? Are you passionate about empowering people to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies?  The American Red Cross Northwest Region is seeking enthusiastic individuals to serve as full-time AmeriCorps … Continue reading Help Prepare Communities for and Recover from Disaster: AmeriCorps Members Wanted!

Preparing the Peninsulas: Recruitment and Training Workshops

When large weather events strike Western Washington, our Pacific Ocean coastline often bears the brunt of the storm.  Strong winds and heavy rains have the potential to cause significant damage and impact the people who live there.  In addition to the coastline, Clallam and Jefferson Counties include the Olympic Mountains and Rainforest, the Straits of … Continue reading Preparing the Peninsulas: Recruitment and Training Workshops

Campaign Goal: Reducing Fire-Related Deaths, One Home at a Time

There were 351 residential fires last year in Seattle. That means that nearly every day, a home was damaged or lost. Even more frequently in Western Washington, Red Cross volunteers provided help to families who had lost their homes to devastating fires. The vast majority of these house fires were cooking related — a burner … Continue reading Campaign Goal: Reducing Fire-Related Deaths, One Home at a Time