Wildfire smoke is more dangerous than you thought

Smoke from a wildfire in Pierce County WA, September 2020 By Gordon Williams  You’re familiar with the adage, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” But did you know that by reversing that to “where there’s fire there’s smoke”, you can help safeguard your long-term health? Read on… The 2021 wildfire season is off to a fast … Continue reading Wildfire smoke is more dangerous than you thought

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

Keep Safe from the Growing Threat of Wildfires

By Gordon Williams The warning from Hilary Franz, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, could hardly be more blunt: The state’s wildfire season is starting earlier and lasting longer and there are more fires now west of the Cascades. So how do you defend your home and family from the worsening threat of wildfire? How can … Continue reading Keep Safe from the Growing Threat of Wildfires