The American Red Cross is providing support and comfort to people in Washington impacted by the catastrophic mudslide. 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 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.
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 6,500 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.
SOURCE Red Cross Flickr: Red Cross worker Jennifer Ramieh looks out on the mudslide area from the western edge of the damage in Arlington, WA.
SOURCE Red Cross Flickr: A new shift of search and rescue personnel marches in to the disaster area to continue operations.
SOURCE Red Cross Flickr: Red Cross volunteers load water and coffee into an Emergency Response Vehicle to be delivered to rescue personnel working at the disaster scene.