In light of the disaster in Oso, Washington, the East Georgia Chapter wants to share the following information with its friends and affiliates. The Red Cross is ready to respond to disasters such as this one, with counseling, funding and more. The information below is valuable not only to the East Georgia Chapter, but to families and friends all over the country. Please share this information with others as needed.
INFORMATION UPDATE: Oso, Washington Landslide
Oso, Washington Landslide
A large landslide occurred in Oso, WA on Saturday, damaging or destroying approximately 40 households. Buildings were knocked off their foundations and in some cases were thrown for significant distances. Other reports indicate that some houses are buried under as much as 60 feet of mud and dirt. The Red Cross is focusing its efforts on providing support and comfort to those in Washington dealing with this tragedy and awaiting information on loved ones.
The Red Cross responded immediately by quickly opening shelters, handing out meals and snacks, activating Safe and Well to connect families who are still searching for loved ones and staffing shelters and resource centers with Mental Health volunteers to help them cope with the recent events. More than 30 people stayed in Red Cross shelters throughout the weekend and dozens of others have stopped in for information, meals and to seek the services of our mental health staff.
If you have friends or family, or know people affected by this disaster, please refer them to reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
Honor Roll: Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responder
Through the generosity of our American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder members, the American Red Cross is prepared before disaster strikes. ADGP and Disaster Responder members help secure a reliable funding base for disaster relief services that enables the Red Cross to respond immediately, meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster anywhere in the United States, regardless of cost.
Right now the Red Cross is on the ground and taking action with the support of our ADGP and Disaster Response partners.