How to stay safe in a busier-than-normal wildfire season

Spring in the Okanogan, an area of Washington State that has seen repeated years of damage from wildfires. By Gordon Williams As Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz knows a thing or two about wildfires. When she calls the state’s wildfire situation a “crisis” that is “getting worse”, it is a warning worth paying … Continue reading How to stay safe in a busier-than-normal wildfire season

Why Rick Isaacson Volunteers and Volunteers and Volunteers

EDITORS NOTE: February 1, 2019This week we learned of the unexpected passing of board member and disaster volunteer Rick Isaacson in Wenatchee. Rick was a truly passionate Red Crosser. He believed wholeheartedly in our mission and worked tirelessly to support every member of our team. He was an entertaining emcee at volunteer appreciation events, the … Continue reading Why Rick Isaacson Volunteers and Volunteers and Volunteers

Prepare for More and More Widespread Wildfires

By Gordon Williams Edited by Nancy Waddell Hilary Franz, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, sees the outlook for wildfires in the state changing — and not in a good way. “The wildfire season in Washington is starting earlier in the year and going longer,” says Franz, who heads the Department of Natural Resources. And while … Continue reading Prepare for More and More Widespread Wildfires

Why Deployment Was Different for This Volunteer

By Gordon Williams   When Red Cross volunteer Mauri Shuler of Olympia, WA deployed to the California wildfires last month, she found much about the experience old and familiar but some of it new and challenging.   Flying into a disaster scene is nothing new for Mauri. She did it many times in her years … Continue reading Why Deployment Was Different for This Volunteer