Red Cross Helping at Scene of Tragic Mudslide
The American Red Cross is providing support and comfort to people in Washington impacted by the catastrophic mudslide as they deal with the tragedy and wait for information about their friends and family.
The mudslide has divided the region and the Red Cross is responding on both sides of the impacted area. Red Cross workers are providing food and shelter to residents and first responders. As many as 30 people are staying in our shelters and dozens more are stopping in for information, meals and help from the Red Cross mental health staff.
Red Cross mental health workers are caring for the families who have lost loved ones or are awaiting word on those who are still missing. The need for this help is growing and the Red Cross is sending additional mental health workers in to help. Health services volunteers are also on hand, reaching out to the families of the injured to see what support they need.
Debby Lasky-Fink is a Disaster Mental Health volunteer for the Snohomish County Red Cross Chapter in the impacted region. “This is a heartbreaking situation for all involved,” she said. “We are here to support not only those directly affected by this tragedy, but also provide care and comfort to their support system as well as community members and the dozens of first responders that have been on the front lines.”