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The American Red Cross is helping families near the site of the tragic mudslide in Washington, providing a place to stay, food to eat and emotional support during this difficult time.
As families wait for word about their friends and family, Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, emotional comfort and basic health services. Shelters in Arlington and Darrington have become a place where people can stay overnight and visit during the day for information, meals and other help. Red Cross Family Care Centers are opening in both communities to provide information, meals, emotional support and child care.
Since Saturday, the Red Cross has mobilized several response vehicles and nearly 100 trained workers to provide support. Working with volunteers from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and local organizations, these workers have served 5,200 meals and snacks and handed out dozens of comfort kits. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with officials to determine how we can best help the community and support emergency workers over the coming days.
Red Cross mental health workers are present at both Red Cross shelters, caring for the families impacted by the tragedy. In addition they are visiting sites like schools and workplaces in the area to support people there. Health services volunteers are providing services in the shelters as well as reaching out to the families of the injured.
Due to the tragic loss of life and uncertainty regarding the weeks and months to come, the Red Cross has launched a large network of support to help and will be there in the days, weeks and months ahead. Red Cross caseworkers will meet one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may also provide direct financial support to people who need extra help.
WHAT YOU CAN DO The best way to help is through a financial donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Right now, the Red Cross has the supplies and volunteers that it needs to respond but financial donations allow the Red Cross to pay for the full range of help this community needs.
Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief allowed us to respond immediately to this landslide and the full range of needs it created, including mental health assistance for families, food and shelter and support for first responders. Disaster Relief donations are being used to provide help right now to people in need.
You can click, text or call to donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief to help people affected by disasters big and small.
Donations 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.
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Download the free Red Cross First Aid App which puts free and simple lifesaving information in the hands of smart phone and tablet users. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.