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Red Cross is looking for local volunteers due to COVID-19 as wildfire season approaches (Photo) - 07/10/20

PORTLAND, Ore. July 10, 2020 — Experts say the Pacific Northwest could be in for a busy wildfire season this summer and the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in our local communities.

“The coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country should a large emergency occur in Oregon or Southwest Washington. In light of this, the Red Cross is asking you to be ready to help your community,” said Rebecca Marshall, Regional Disaster Officer, Red Cross Cascades Region. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises here in our region.”

Full information on volunteer opportunities is available here.

SHELTER HELP NEEDED There is a special need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters. To help keep people safe, we have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for our workforce.

We need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those we serve. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.

HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT NEEDED If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, the Red Cross needs your support. Volunteers are needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. RNs supervise all clinical tasks.

Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students. We need volunteers who can provide care as delegated by a licensed nurse in shelters. This could include assisting with activities of daily living, personal assistance services, providing health education and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING If you are interested in helping our community should a disaster occur, please go to redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact our region offices at .cascades@redcross.org">volunteer.cascades@redcross.org.

Be sure to review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the people we serve.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

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Red Cross Cascades Region Announces Deb Tebbs to Join Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter Board of Directors (Photo) - 07/06/20

BEND, Ore., July 6, 2020– The Red Cross Cascades Region chapter in Central and Eastern Oregon, which serves the residents of Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Wasco, Wheeler, Burns Paiute Reservation, Umatilla Reservation and Warm Springs Reservation, announces the appointment of a new member of its board of directors.

Joining the board is Deb Tebbs, owner and CEO of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

“We are thrilled to have Deb join our board and she is already making an impact through her support of blood drives in central Oregon,” said Nadine McCrindle, Executive Director of Central and Eastern Oregon chapter of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “Deb has the perfect combination of energy and compassion to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross. She is well known and respected in our community and her passion for all we do makes her a natural fit for the board.”

Deb Tebbs has been an Oregon resident for over 30 years and a full-time Oregon realtor for nearly 20 years. She is the owner of Sotheby's Cascade International Realty, and is known as a high-end homes and resort properties expert for Central Oregon and beyond, with real estate experience that extends statewide.

"During COVID-19, like many of us, I did a lot of self-reflecting about who I am and how I want to help people in need,” Tebbs said. “I am absolutely thrilled to join the Red Cross's mission. I look forward to engaging the over 325 real estate brokers who work for my company, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty. They live and work in communities across Oregon & SW Washington, and by all working together we will make a significant difference."

Tebbs joins the other members of the Central and Eastern Oregon board carrying out the mission of the Red Cross, to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The current roster of board members for the Red Cross Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter is as follows:

Larry Medina, Board Chair, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshall for Bend Fire Department

Eric Pashia, Financial Adviser, Edward Jones

Scott Smith, CEO, Westbound Communications,

Deb Tebbs, Owner, CEO – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

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