Eastern Oregon flooding: How to help those recovering from the damage

Eastern Oregon flooding: How to help those recovering from the damage

Eastern Oregon communities continue their efforts to recover from significant flooding caused by heavy rain and snowmelt. The former mayor of Pendleton and the city manager have shared that the damage is severe, and as of Feb. 7, the Governor declared a state of emergency for the following counties: Umatilla, Union and Wallowa.

For those who would like to support the flood relief and donate this can be done through a local nonprofit relief organization, CAPECO at https://februaryflood.weebly.com/.
While this may not impact your business directly, the damage is extensive and we are all one Oregon. If your companies can consider a donation, please do so. Every bit makes a difference. 

Thank you for your consideration and support of our neighbors in Eastern Oregon.

Severe flooding has impacted residents of Umatilla County, forcing many people out of their homes. The American Red Cross remains with the people affected, providing comfort as recovery operations begin.
More than 40 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing safe shelter, food, relief supplies, and other support to people in need through their shelter in Pendleton.
To date, the Red Cross has provided over 120 overnight stays at the shelter for individuals and families impacted by the flooding. In some cases, people were unable to return to their homes and sought refuge in the shelter. In other cases, people had to leave their homes due to damage and/or rising water.
Red Cross volunteers and paid staff will continue to provide these services to people trying to plan their recovery from flooding for as long as needed, through direct support as well as working with partner organizations.
The Red Cross is continuing to provide recovery assistance to those whose homes were impacted by flooding.
Through Wednesday, and continuing for the coming days, volunteer teams are traveling through the region to conduct damage assessment in areas impacted by flooding and to distribute cleanup and relief supplies. Damage assessment is an important step to help provide assistance to those impacted. This work will continue with help from Red Cross volunteers, including many from the Pendleton area who were motivated to join the Red Cross following the flood.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. You can help people affected by disasters like storms and flooding – and countless other crises – by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.
If you would like to use a corporate credit card, you may make your donation directly through the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/donate (choose “Disaster Relief” from the short dropdown menu) or by reaching out to Wes Breazeale, Regional Philanthropy Officer, at 503-407-8911.

Q. What kind of services does the Red Cross provide after a disaster?
A. After emergencies, the Red Cross helps meet the urgent needs of people affected. We focus on providing safe shelter, food, emotional support, first aid and health services, and emergency relief supplies, such as blankets, hygiene items and cleaning supplies. The Red Cross also plays a critical role in helping families and communities recover in the weeks and months after a disaster. To help communities recover, the Red Cross often brings groups and agencies together to plan recovery activities.
Q. Who is eligible for Red Cross services?
A. When an emergency happens, the Red Cross delivers help to whoever needs it, and, as part of our humanitarian mission, will feed, shelter and provide other forms of support regardless of race, religion or citizenship status. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people who have disaster-caused needs do not need to be American citizens to access Red Cross services.
Q. Which kinds of emergency services are not provided by the Red Cross?
A. Responding to disasters is a team effort, and the Red Cross works closely with community partners to meet the needs of those affected. Services, such as evacuation coordination, search and rescue, advanced medical care, managing donations of clothing and household goods, and pet sheltering, are best performed by the organizations that have the resources, trained workers and expertise to manage these necessary efforts. We work closely with the groups involved in those services to ensure that we direct people to the best organization to provide the help they need.
Q. Will the Red Cross replace groceries or food lost because of a power outage?
A. The Red Cross provides meals at emergency shelters and delivers food in some of the hardest-hit areas to help ensure that no one goes hungry after a disaster. Red Cross shelters are available for everyone impacted by a disaster and you don’t have to stay overnight to receive a meal. To find a Red Cross shelter, visit redcross.org/shelter. Power outages are often widespread and sometimes affect millions of people. Providing meals at shelters and throughout neighborhoods in the affected communities allows the Red Cross to provide more people with the meals they need in a timely and effective manner.