COLUMBIA, S.C., Wednesday, April 2 – The American Red Cross is responding in the aftermath of the Oso, Washington mudslides providing disaster relief to the impacted communities.
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. Over the weekend a Red Cross volunteer from Myrtle Beach deployed for the relief efforts. Through Tuesday, 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.
Financial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations may also be mailed to your local American Red Cross chapter. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. This includes the Oso landslide and nearly 70,000 other disasters we handle every year around the country.
Anyone interested in learning more about how to volunteer with the Red Cross or how to prepare for disasters can access more information at www.redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross: 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 Redcross.org.