Oregon and Washington Get Ready Events Help Prepare Communities for Natural Disasters

Media Contact: Daphne Mathew, NW Natural, 503-818-9845 (pager)


September 7, 2017


Oregon and Washington Get Ready Events Help Prepare Communities for Natural Disasters
American Red Cross and NW Natural Partner During National Preparedness Month

PORTLAND, Ore. — September is National Preparedness Month, a time when NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) and the American Red Cross host Get Ready events to help the public prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. Local groups will be available in eight cities to offer valuable tips for building a kit, making a plan, emergency communications, first aid, natural gas safety and more.

“Actionable steps help people start the preparedness process,” said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. “Whether it’s a large-scale natural disaster or a winter storm, we’re providing the tools and knowledge for families to feel empowered and equipped for the unexpected.”

Get Ready is open to the public and free lunch will be provided. The first 100 families at each event will receive a starter emergency kit courtesy of NW Natural. Attendees will also have the chance to enter a drawing to win an American Red Cross preparedness kit.

Local fire departments, police departments, and other emergency teams will join the American Red Cross Cascades Region and NW Natural at eight events on the following dates, times and locations:

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017:

  • Get Ready Eugene/Springfield – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Autzen Stadium, East Parking Lot
  • Get Ready Gresham – 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway
  • Get Ready Newport – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds), 633 NE Third St.
  • Get Ready North Coast – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Astoria Armory, 1636 Exchange St.

Saturday, Sept. 23:

  • Get Ready Camas – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parker Street Fire Station 42, 4321 NW Parker St.
  • Get Ready Coos Bay – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coos Bay Fire Department, No. 1, 450 Elrod Ave.
  • Get Ready The Dalles – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W. 8th St.
  • Get Ready Salem – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.  

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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