Red Cross stands ready after train derailment

The local Red Cross in Oregon and southwest Washington has mental health responders and volunteers at Union Station in Portland to provide information and support to families affected by Monday’s train derailment near Tacoma, Wash.

Red Cross responders from the Puget Sound area have mobilized to provide water, blankets and other services to people affected at the scene of the derailment. Local Red Cross responders are on stand-by to support relief efforts in Dupont, Wash., if needed.

“We will continue to work closely with first responding agencies and other partners to gather information, assess needs and respond accordingly,” said Monique Dugaw, regional director of communications.

“At this time, the American Red Cross has not received requests for additional blood products in response to this tragedy. As always, we stand ready to provide additional blood and blood products as needed for derailment victims.

“Our hearts go out to all affected. In the hours, days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be there to provide support and help to people affected.”

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