The American Red Cross is providing support and comfort to those in Washington dealing with the landslide tragedy and awaiting information on loved ones. We understand what a trying time this is because of the uncertainty of the situation for so many families.
Red Cross workers from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts are now accepting deployments to support residents affected by the landslide. Gene Tully of Dennis is deploying to Washington to serve in Disaster Finance.
Disaster Finance specialists are responsible for accounting, invoice payments and auditing during the response.
Trained Red Cross workers have provided shelter, food, water and emotional support to Oso residents. Local mental health volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones, and health services volunteers are reaching out to families of the injured to see how the Red Cross may assist.
Tully, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When he returns to Massachusetts, his knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.
Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Remember that it's okay to feel nervous. To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
We understand that people around the country want to help. The best way to do that is through a financial donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.