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Red Cross needs Clatsop County volunteers

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Pacific Northwest could be in for a busy wildfire season, experts say, which has prompted the American Red Cross to seek volunteers to help in 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,” said Rebecca Marshall, regional disaster officer for the Cascades Region, which includes Clatsop County.

“In light of this, the Red Cross is asking you to be ready to help your community,” she said. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises.”

Several types of help are needed, including shelter workers and health services support volunteers.

To volunteer, sign up at or contact the region office at

The nonprofit American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, including about 40 percent of the nation’s blood.

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