This is the best, and most “real-time” data representation of the myriad wildfires happening around the Pacific Northwest. And a screenshot of our local Eugene/Springfield situation (the Holiday Farm fire). Please pay attention to your local emergency services directives!
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I am reaching out to see if you can share an appeal with the Lane COAD community for volunteers in the area to support Red Cross disaster response needs. Currently the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to take shifts helping with feeding activities and providing support at our various shelter locations. Shifts will be anywhere from 2-6 hours, and will be happening daily. There is no required commitment to number of shifts, so even if someone can fill only one shift, we can use their help. The Red Cross will provide training on-site to volunteers, so anyone 18+ is welcome to participate and will not need previous disaster experience for these roles. If you could please share this with anyone interested in helping those effected by the wildfires.
How to Volunteer:
If you are interested in helping, the first step is to use the link below to create an application in our Volunteer Connecton system. You will use Volunteer Connection to take trainings, sign up for shifts and stay looped in to our ongoing needs during our local responses. Click the link and fill out the form on the right-hand side that says, “Create Red Cross ID.”
If the system says your email is already registered in the system, use the “Forgot Password” link to set a password. Then click this sign up link again, but this time, log-in on the left hand side with your email/password and that should start the application.
Once your application is created, you’ll be guided to take a few online trainings and have access to our volunteer shift listings in your area. The volunteer needs during a disaster are ever changing, so if you don’t see something available in your area now, that could change very quickly. Please keep an eye out for email communication from the Red Cross to stay up to date with our volunteer needs.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the application process. Thank you again for your support. Take care.
Sam Haffey Senior Recruitment Specialist American Red Cross
This has been a difficult week for so many here in Lane County and across Oregon, and I hope you and all your loved ones are safe. To the Master Gardener volunteers who have been evacuated from your homes, we are thinking of you and are here for you if you need anything. We are so grateful for all those working hard to save lives and property, and our hearts go out to all of the families and individuals who have been affected by the fires. For those looking to donate or seeking ways to help or volunteer to support the relief effort, please see the Lane County website and Lane COAD.
OSU Extension has received a lot of questions about the impact of smoke on gardens and soils. Factsheets from UC Cooperative Extension on ‘Produce Safety After a Fire’ and ‘Wildfire, Smoke and Livestock’ are attached to this email, and you can find additional resources at the links below:
Fall Festival POSTPONED – Due to the widespread fires in Oregon we have decided to postpone the Fall Festival. We hope to reschedule for a date to be determined in October and will notify all of you once a decision has been made.
LCMGA Seminar September 22, 2020 at 7 pm Rain Gardens: Landscaping that treats stormwater runoff for healthy streams. Presented by Derek Godwin, Professor, OSU Extension Watershed Management