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For Those Wanting To Help Victims Of Chetco Bar Fire And Hurricane Harvey, The Red Cross Wants You

A still from a Red Cross video shows a Red Cross volunteer comforting people displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
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A still from a Red Cross video shows a Red Cross volunteer comforting people displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

People troubled by the destruction and suffering caused by the Chetco Bar Fire in southwestern Oregon -- and Hurricane Harvey in Texas -- can help. 

A still from a Red Cross video shows a Red Cross volunteer comforting people displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
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A still from a Red Cross video shows a Red Cross volunteer comforting people displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

The American Red Cross-Cascades Region is calling for volunteers, Spokeswoman Monique Dugaw says they’re fast-tracking their response to both disasters.

"We want to mobilize people as quickly as possible," Dugaw says.  "If you’re able to attend those trainings, it could be a week or less before you’re actually deployed.  

In this still from a Red Cross video, people displaced by Hurricane Harvey rest in a Red Cross shelter in Victoria, Texas.
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In this still from a Red Cross video, people displaced by Hurricane Harvey rest in a Red Cross shelter in Victoria, Texas.

"Right now we’re focusing our resources on the Chetco Bar Wildfire, and preparing for deployment activity to Harvey.” 

As for blood donations, Dugaw says the Red Cross collected and sent blood to Houston-area hospitals prior to Harvey’s arrival, so they’re well-stocked.  But there’s always a need for blood in more than 40 hospitals and clinics in the Cascades region, so donations are always welcome. 

A Red Cross volunteer meeting is happening in Medford tomorrow.  Otherwise, people can sign up at  http://redcross.org/volunteer

Copyright 2017, KLCC. 

Copyright 2017 KLCC

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.