One Month Later – Red Cross Responds to Washington Mudslide

Washington Mudslide
This is heartbreaking for all involved.

On March 22, a tragic mudslide changed the landscape of Oso, Washington forever and impacted the lives of everyone who lives in the region.

There was little warning before the mud crashed through the area, destroying homes and people’s lives. The American Red Cross launched an immediate response and continues to provide food, water, emotional support and financial assistance to area residents and their families in the weeks since the devastating landslide.

“This is heartbreaking for all involved,” is how Debby Lasky-Fink described the situation. She is a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer for the Snohomish County Red Cross Chapter in the impacted region. Red Cross mental health workers are caring for the families as well as helping first responders and workers who are also impacted by the tragedy.

In response to the mudslide, the Red Cross:

  • Mobilized more than 500 trained disaster workers and several emergency response vehicles.
  • These workers have served more than 29,000 meals and snacks in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 7,000 comfort and relief items.
  • Workers have provided more than 8,000 mental health and health contacts.
  • The Red Cross opened shelters and provided 142 overnight stays.
  • RED CROSS SUPPORT Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with residents to offer financial support, help them plan their recovery and locate help from other agencies. These caseworkers will continue to work with people to provide assistance over the coming months. The Red Cross is:

  • Providing direct financial support to people who need extra help, including assistance with funeral expenses, travel and housing expenses for out-of-town relatives, mental health counseling and increased fuel costs due to the closure of a major highway in the area.
  • Helping people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by providing resources to replace furniture and pay for security deposits, rent and utilities.
  • Providing funding to a community mental health organization to help ensure residents continue to get the counseling they need in the coming months.
  • Recovering from this disaster will take time and the Red Cross will be in the region to deliver aid for months to come. The Red Cross is working with residents, local and state officials and area nonprofit organizations to determine how to best help the community now and in the months ahead.

    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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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