The devastating winter storms our region experienced this year and the wildfires in 2020 serve as painful reminders that disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime – even during a pandemic.
In honor of March being Red Cross Month, the Red Cross Cascades Region is hosting a series of free emergency preparedness presentations throughout the month. All presentations are virtual, and everyone is welcome to attend.
The classes are being held from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday in March, and cover the most common disasters we face in the Pacific Northwest and how to prepare for them.
The Red Cross will offer a flooding safety class on March 23 and a home fire safety class on March 30. More information and links can be found at redcross.org/cascades.
The Red Cross also is asking the public to help ensure that families don’t face emergencies alone — especially during a pandemic. Following are a few ways to help during Red Cross Month and throughout the year:
- DONATE: Support disaster relief efforts at redcross.org/GivingDay.
- VOLUNTEER: Visit redcross.org/VolunteerToday to view the organization’s most-needed positions and local opportunities.
- GIVE BLOOD: If you’re healthy and feeling well, make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org. Your donation can make a lifesaving difference for a patient in need. As a thank you, those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma from March 15-26 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
LEARN LIFESAVING SKILLS: Take a class in skills like CPR and first aid to help in an emergency at redcross.org/TakeAClass. Online options include our Psychological First Aid for COVID-19 course, which covers how to manage stress and support yourself and others.