Two volunteers from the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region left for Washington State on Friday, March 28 for a two-week deployment to assist in the Red Cross response to the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Washington, northeast of Seattle. Currently, the Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water and emotional support to Oso residents, their families, and emergency responders. Nearly 30 people are staying in our shelters and dozens of others are stopping in for information, meals and to seek the services of our mental health staff. Since Saturday, the Red Cross has mobilized two response vehicles and nearly 100-trained workers to provide support. These workers have served 3,800 meals and snacks, and handed out dozens of comfort kits.
To assist in the response, two Health Services volunteers from the Northeastern Region will be deploying. Angelika Klapputh, a Red Cross Disaster Program Manager staff member from Sharon Springs, departed from Albany International Airport. Barbara Davis, a volunteer with the North Country chapter who is from Plattsburgh, departed from Burlington International Airport. As Health Services volunteers, they will help the response by meeting the health needs of people affected by disaster. They will provide emergency and preventive health services to disaster victims and to Red Cross staff deployed to the operation by providing support to persons who have disaster-related or disaster-aggravated health needs, helping clients find resources to meet health-related financial obligations, and providing Red Cross financial assistance to clients for medical expenses if necessary.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.