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Red Cross braces for record heat over the holiday weekend (Photo) - 07/05/24

Red Cross braces for record heat over the holiday weekend

Follow tips for extreme heat and be safe. 

Portland, ORE (July 5, 2024)

We are on track to break high temperature records in Oregon and SW Washington over the next couple of days. This creates a health risk for vulnerable populations and should be taken seriously.

Extreme heat is deadly and kills more people than any other weather event. In addition to that, the climate crisis is making extreme heat events more frequent, more severe, and last longer.

The American Red Cross recommends taking four steps to stay safe in extreme heat: 

  • Slow down by postponing or limiting outdoor activities. If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks, and avoid the hottest part of the day. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle alone.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks. Check that animals also have access to fresh water and shade.
  • Spend time indoors in an air-conditioned place. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public library, shopping mall or public cooling center. Check on loved ones and neighbors who may be at risk and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Organize supplies in a Go Kit or Stay-at-Home Kit.  In the event of a power outage, have supplies including batteries and chargers for your devices like flashlights, cell phones, CPAP machines, wheelchairs, etc. Have fresh water, nonperishable foods, and medications on hand. 

Learn more extreme weather tips HERE.

Pic/graphic: HERE

Red Cross Emergency App HERE

The all-inclusive Emergency App combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe including information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. The emergency alerts are available for the user’s location and to monitor where friends and family live. A single map provides open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information. Download HERE

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood, including 65 hospitals in the Northwest; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or www.CruzRojaAmericana.org or follow us on social media. 

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Annual City-Wide Mall Challenge Blood Drive marks 12 years - 07/02/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Clackamas Town Center, Lloyd Center, Washington Square, Bridgeport Village and Pioneer Place Compete to Save Lives

Portland, Ore (July 2, 2024) — Five Portland Metropolitan malls are gearing up for a little friendly competition during the American Red Cross Cascades City-Wide Mall Challenge blood drive, Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5 at the following locations: 

  • Clackamas Town Center 

(Lower level near Macy’s) 

Sponsor Code: mallchallenge 

 

  • Lloyd Center 

(Across from Gambit Games) 

Sponsor Code: LloydCenterMall 

 

  • Washington Square 

(South mall near former Sears location

Sponsor Code: WashingtonSquare 

 

  • Pioneer Place (July 2nd only)

(Lower level across from Boba Tea) 

Sponsor Code: PioneerPlace

 

  • Bridgeport Village 

(Next to Peet’s coffee) 

Sponsor Code: BridgeportVillage

 

“We love a competition where everybody wins. Come into your local mall, escape the heat outside, and donate blood.” says Angel Montes, Regional Executive, American Red Cross. “A single donation can help save more than one life.” 

The American Red Cross often sees blood supplies dwindle during summer months as people leave town on vacation and we know the need for blood is constant. “If we can encourage people to make blood donation part of their summer plans with fun events like these, we could prevent a seasonal blood shortage. 

 

HOW: Visit RedCrossBlood.org then enter the sponsor code above for the mall of your choice and make your appointment today. 

INCENTIVES: We’ve teamed up with Universal Pictures to help avoid summer blood shortages. Come give July 1-14 for a TWISTERS & Red Cross umbrella, ltd qty. All who come out in July also get a Fandango Movie Ticket by email! Enter to win a Ram truck!  Details Here.  

The mall to collect the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights. Come join us!

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Celebrate Pride Month by donating lifesaving blood with the Red Cross - 06/26/24

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Celebrate Pride Month by donating lifesaving blood with the Red Cross 

Join us for our first annual June Pride Drive in Portland on June 28! 

(PORTLAND, OR) June 26, 2024—The American Red Cross Cascades Region is proud to host our first annual June Pride Drive at the Portland Red Cross Chapter office. Our theme is “Everyone Is Welcome.”  Sign up to make an appointment HERE and join us at the event at 3131 N Vancouver Avenue on June 28th from 8am to 7pm.  

Background: 

On Monday, August 7, the American Red Cross became one of the first blood banks in the country to implement the FDA’s new blood donor eligibility guidance which eliminates blood donation policies based on sexual orientation. This allows the Red Cross to begin welcoming more gay and bisexual men as blood donors. The Red Cross celebrates this historic move as significant progress that will result in a blood donation process that is more inclusive than ever before and keeps the blood supply safe.

  • Story opportunity:

Jeff Lonergan is a Red Cross employee and a new blood donor thanks to the FDA changes.  He’ll be at the event and will share what this change means to him personally. 

You can find more details about this change on our website here: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2023/new-inclusive-screening-process-expands-blood-donor-eligibility.html

Key points of interest:

  • Now welcoming new donors: The American Red Cross is now welcoming more donors to its lifesaving blood mission through the use of the FDA’s new blood donation eligibility criteria.
  • Historic change: All donors will now answer the same eligibility questions regardless of gender or sexual orientation and will be assessed for blood donation based on individual risk factors, not on sexual orientation. 
  • Backed by science: Years of data have demonstrated that this new eligibility screening process ensures a safe blood supply patients can feel confident in. 

Blood statistics:

Every 2 seconds someone in this country needs blood. Every 15 seconds someone needs platelets. Please help us keep blood on hospital shelves and make a blood or platelet donation a priority. Book a time to give now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.  

Those who come to give on June 28, 2024, will get a $15 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, a Pride lapel pin, refreshments, and one lucky winner will win a $50 Gift Card to The Sports Bra!  See RedCrossBlood.org/DoGood for details. 

Blood donation B-Roll Red Cross NHQ. 

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on social media at @RedCrossCascades. 

 

American Red Cross opens shelter due to wildfire in Deschutes County - 06/26/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

[LA PINE, Ore. June 26, 2024]The American Red Cross has opened a shelter due to the Darlene 3 Fire south of La Pine. The shelter is currently open and available to individuals and families who need assistance. 

The Shelter is currently open at the following location: 

La Pine High School

51633 Coach Rd, La Pine, OR 97739


To find a shelter, visit redcross.org/shelter, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

The Red Cross is working closely with emergency management and government officials in the impacted areas to ensure evacuees have a safe place to go. We want to remind people to take the following steps in the event of any wildfires this season:

  • Take evacuation notices seriously: Level 1 “Be Ready”.  Level 2 “Get Set”. Level 3 “Go Now”. 
  • Pack a Go Bag with necessities for you and your family, learn more about what to put in that bag HERE.
  • Fill your car's gas tank in case an evacuation notice is issued. 
  • Create a meeting place if you get separated from your family.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations or follow emergency responders online for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.  
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.    

All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge and made possible by the generosity of the public. To donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. To become a Red Cross volunteer visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.

 

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow us on social media. 

 

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