Local Washington State disaster workers from the Red Cross and volunteers from across the country are providing shelter, food, water, emotional support, health services and spiritual care to Oso area residents, their families, and emergency responders.
Because of the difficult nature of this event, local mental health and spiritual care volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones and are waiting for word on the missing. The Red Cross also has health services volunteers who are reaching out to the families of the injured to see how we can help.
In addition, Family Care Centers are open in Darrington and Arlington to support families during this difficult time after they receive notification of loss of a loved one. Affected family members can go to these centers and receive emotional and spiritual support, mental health assistance, and care for children.
Since the landslide nearly a week ago, the Red Cross has mobilized four response vehicles and nearly 300 trained workers – more than half of them from Washington State.Through Thursday, these workers have served 6,600 meals and snacks, handed out dozens of comfort kits, and provided more than 600 mental health or health-related contacts.
Meals, snacks and drinks are being provided to first responders and the affected community through a partnership between Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the Red Cross.