The Bellingham Business Journal
The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The funds will be used for the chapter’s Preparing Our Isolated Communities for Disaster project.
During winter storms and flooding events, certain areas can become isolated from the rest of Whatcom County and Skagit Valley. This often prevents American Red Cross volunteers and aid from reaching these areas in a timely fashion.
The Mt. Baker Chapter has been working with community members to train residents as Red Cross volunteers, establish designated Red Cross shelters, and store emergency supplies. This will enable the community itself to activate shelters and provide services until more help arrives.
The $5,000 grant will go directly to putting shelter kits in the three isolated communities that are fully trained at this time, which are Point Roberts, Kendall and Sudden Valley. The Red Cross is also in the process of working with Lummi Island, the Nooksack Tribe and the Lummi Tribe.