Wildfire Safety Class from Red Cross Cascades Region Encourages Oregonians to be Prepared Following Historic Wildfire Season

Posted on March 8, 2021

American Red Cross – Cascades Region – 03/08/21 7:30 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – The devastating wildfires much of Oregon experienced last summer was a stark reminder for many to be prepared for a disaster. It was six months ago this week that wildfires raged throughout the state, forcing thousands from their homes with little warning.

That experience is motivating many to be better prepared and create safety plans for their family. Whether it’s a wildfire, home fire, earthquake or any other type of disaster, having a preparedness kit and a plan is important for families and individuals to stay safe.

To help Oregonians be better prepared, the Red Cross Cascades Region is hosting a free, virtual wildfire safety preparedness class on Tuesday, March 9, 2020 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., as part of its free emergency preparedness presentations series. All presentations are virtual, and everyone is welcome to attend.

How to prepare for emergencies:  

Taking place every Tuesday in March from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., classes will cover the most common disasters we face in the Pacific Northwest and how to prepare for them. Whether you’re motivated to start building your preparedness kit, or need a refresher course, these classes are designed to help families and individuals learn how to be better prepared. Information and links can be found at redcross.org/cascades.

  • March 9th: Wildfire Safety
  • March 16th: Earthquake Safety
  • March 23rd: Flooding Safety
  • March 30th: Home Fire Safety

We recognize that preparing for emergencies looks a little different right now, but the three basic action steps remain the same: Build a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed. In addition to the preparedness series, the Red Cross Cascades Region has a free downloadable Prepare! Guide available in four languages, EnglishSpanishVietnamese and Russian. Red Cross B-roll is available here.

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/cascades or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

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