Responding to the January Winter Storm
For almost week in mid-January, parts of the coast were battered by hurricane force winds, and heavy rain, snow, ice, power outages, fallen trees, flooding, and landslides plagued ten counties in Oregon stretching through the central part
of the coast range to the Willamette Valley and into the Columbia Gorge.
Preliminary estimates of at least $38 million in damage was reported in 9 counties and that figure is expected to grow.
The Oregon Red Cross provided around-the-clock assistance to families and communities beginning on January 17th. We worked closely with state and local emergency managers, city officials and community organizations to anticipate
where help was needed and responded to developing events in flood-prone places and areas affected by snow and ice.
During the week, nine shelters were opened and the Red Cross supported several more community shelters. Over 600 meals and snacks were served and over 130 clean-up and comfort kits were distributed, all free of charge.
We drew on supplies that had been pre-positioned in over 50 locations across the state and had 200 people responding, the vast majority volunteers, doing damage assessments, helping displaced families and working with local
communities to make sure everyone was safe and well.
"As we finally wind down our response and catch our breath, we thank everyone who helped out, volunteered, donated blood and supported us in our efforts," said Maree Wacker, Regional Executive of the Oregon Red Cross. "We couldn't have
done it without you!"