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Red Cross Director Joining Washington Landslide Relief Effort

Washington Landslide Relief Effort
Red Cross mental health and spiritual care volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones or still are waiting for word on the missing.

Todd James, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties will be joining several hundred Red Cross disaster responders as part of the Oso, Washington landslide disaster relief operation. James will be serving as the Manager of the Public Affairs Team for the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water, emotional support and health services to Snohomish area residents and their families following the devastating landslide.

“The tragic loss of life and emotionally draining uncertainty of this landslide makes this a very difficult time—and it will also make recovery even more challenging for the people affected. Red Cross mental health and spiritual care volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones or still are waiting for word on the missing” James says.

Mobile teams of specially trained Red Cross workers are meeting with affected families to provide emotional support and help creating individual recovery plans. Red Cross workers are also providing help at Joint Resource Centers in Darrington and Arlington.

Red Cross workers are meeting one-on-one with people affected to create plans for the future, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.

Since the March 22 landslide, the Red Cross has mobilized five response vehicles and more than 300 trained workers – about half of them from Washington State. Through April 1, these Red Cross workers have served more than 16,000 meals and snacks in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, handed out hundreds of comfort and relief items, and provided 3,500 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, Red Cross shelters have provided nearly 140 overnight stays.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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/hancock, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/hancockcountyredcross or follow us on Twitter at @HancockRedCross.