[Hpn] Red Cross prepares warming centers as big chill approaches

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Sun, 20 Jan 2008 18:23:28 -0500


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Red Cross prepares warming centers as big chill approaches
Posted by The Oregonian January 20, 2008=20

With the coldest temperatures in years expected to chill the Portland =
area, the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross planned to open =
emergency warming centers for the homeless tonight.=20
The "safe havens" from the harsh winter weather are designed to protect =
vulnerable people from hypothermia and frostbite during the prolonged =
cold snap.=20

Local Red Cross officials also were looking for extra volunteers to help =
with the centers.

"Typically, we would go to our Red Cross and regular volunteers," said =
Lise Harwin, a Red Cross spokeswoman. "But when we're looking at so many =
days of operation and cold, we know we'll need more volunteers."

Three centers are expected to open from 8 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Monday =
in Portland:

. Estate Hotel, 225 N.W. Couch St.

. Cavalry Christian Ministries, 126 N.E. Alberta St.

. Foursquare Church, 1303 S.E. Ankeny St.

The City of Portland has asked the Red Cross to open warming centers for =
only one night, but with the current forecast it's likely the centers =
will need to be open for several days, Harwin said. Anyone interested in =
helping staff the emergency warming centers should contact Mike Fish at =
503-528-5699 or by e-mail at fishm@redcross-pdx.org.

Forecasters predict tonight will be the start of a cold snap bringing =
days of the lowest temperatures Portland has likely seen in about four =
years.

Red Cross emergency warming centers differ from homeless shelters. =
Guests do not have to register; singles, couples and families are =
welcome; guests can come and go as they please through the night; pets =
are welcome, with kennels and dog food provided.

As a center fills, the Red Cross will offer transportation to one of the =
other two locations. Guests will be provided with a bus ticket to be =
able to return in the morning.

-- Joseph Rose; josephrose@news.oregonian.com
















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25 Granite Street=20
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<H3>Red Cross prepares warming centers as big chill approaches</H3>
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<H4>With the coldest temperatures in years expected to chill the =
Portland area,=20
the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross planned to open =
emergency=20
warming centers for the homeless tonight. </H4>
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<P>The "safe havens" from the harsh winter weather are designed to =
protect=20
vulnerable people from hypothermia and frostbite during the prolonged =
cold snap.=20
</P>
<P>Local Red Cross officials also were looking for extra volunteers to =
help with=20
the centers.</P>
<P>"Typically, we would go to our Red Cross and regular volunteers," =
said Lise=20
Harwin, a Red Cross spokeswoman. "But when we're looking at so many days =
of=20
operation and cold, we know we'll need more volunteers."</P>
<P>Three centers are expected to open from 8 p.m. today until 7 a.m. =
Monday in=20
Portland:</P>
<P><STRONG>=95 Estate Hotel, <A=20
href=3D"http://maps.google.com/maps?f=3Dq&amp;hl=3Den&amp;geocode=3D&amp;=
time=3D&amp;date=3D&amp;ttype=3D&amp;q=3D225+NW+Couch+St.,+Portland,+OR+(=
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0192,0.025835&amp;z=3D15&amp;iwloc=3Daddr&amp;om=3D0"><FONT=20
color=3D#003399>225 N.W. Couch St.</FONT></A></P>
<P>=95 Cavalry Christian Ministries,<A=20
href=3D"http://maps.google.com/maps?f=3Dq&amp;hl=3Den&amp;geocode=3D&amp;=
time=3D&amp;date=3D&amp;ttype=3D&amp;q=3D126+N.E.+Alberta+Street,+Portlan=
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p;om=3D0"><FONT=20
color=3D#003399> 126 N.E. Alberta St.</FONT></A></P>
<P>=95 Foursquare Church,<A=20
href=3D"http://maps.google.com/maps?f=3Dq&amp;hl=3Den&amp;geocode=3D&amp;=
time=3D&amp;date=3D&amp;ttype=3D&amp;q=3D1303+S.E.+Ankeny+St,+Portland,+O=
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color=3D#003399> 1303 S.E. Ankeny St.</FONT></A></STRONG></P>
<P>The City of Portland has asked the Red Cross to open warming centers =
for only=20
one night, but with the current forecast it's likely the centers will =
need to be=20
open for several days, Harwin said. Anyone interested in helping staff =
the=20
emergency warming centers should contact Mike Fish at 503-528-5699 or by =
e-mail=20
at <A href=3D"mailto:fishm@redcross-pdx.org"><FONT=20
color=3D#003399>fishm@redcross-pdx.org</FONT></A>.</P>
<P>Forecasters predict tonight will be the start of a cold snap bringing =
days of=20
the lowest temperatures Portland has likely seen in about four =
years.</P>
<P>Red Cross emergency warming centers differ from homeless shelters. =
Guests do=20
not have to register; singles, couples and families are welcome; guests =
can come=20
and go as they please through the night; pets are welcome, with kennels =
and dog=20
food provided.</P>
<P>As a center fills, the Red Cross will offer transportation to one of =
the=20
other two locations. Guests will be provided with a bus ticket to be =
able to=20
return in the morning.</P>
<P><EM>-- Joseph Rose;</EM> <A =
href=3D"mailto:josephrose@news.oregonian.com"><FONT=20
color=3D#003399>josephrose@news.oregonian.com</FONT></A></P>
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03276-1640 USA <BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human =
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