The American Red Cross is helping people in the state of Washington impacted by the tragic weekend mudslide, providing support and comfort as they deal with this tragedy and wait for information about their loved ones.
Red Cross workers are providing food and shelter to Oso residents, their families and first responders. More than 30 people stayed in Red Cross shelters throughout the weekend and dozens more have visited the shelters for information and meals.
As the search for survivors of the devastating mudslide in Oso continues, Snohomish County officials have released information on how best to help mudslide victims, their families and struggling surrounding communities.
First and foremost, officials are requesting everyone stay away from the slide. The area remains very dangerous, and officials said non-dispatched individuals at the scene would complicate efforts. Please stay well clear of roadblocks and emergency workers.
The Red Cross has seen an outpouring of support in clothes and food donations. But now, monetary donations are what’s needed. Call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit RedCross.org to give. And the Red Cross reminded people NOT to bring donation items to area shelters.
Those missing for loved ones could visit Safeandwell.org. Family members could call the call center at 425-388-5088 to report a missing loved one.
Officials will continue to connect people with missing livestock and pets as they are found. If you believe you have found a pet lost in the slide that doesn’t belong to you, call the call center to report the lost animal.
If you call the info line or call center, please be patient. A very large number of people are calling in, with only six receivers available, officials said.
For more information on how to help mudslide victims and their families, click here.
Trupanion, a medical insurance provider for pets headquartered in Seattle, is donating money to help pets affected by the Oso mudslide. The company is asking the pet community to post a photo or story of their rescued pet to the Trupanion Facebook page.
For every photo posted, Trupanion will donate $1.00 to the Everett Animal Shelter (who are taking in all of the animals found in the landslide) and the North Creek Pet Hospital which is contracted through the Red Cross to provide veterinary care to the affected animals.