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Red Cross Expands Landslide Response Services

 


RED CROSS EXPANDS LANDSLIDE RESPONSE SERVICES

News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region

Posted on FlashAlert: April 4th, 2014 1:43 PM

Everett, WA - American Red Cross has expanded its services based in Arlington and Darrington, as it continues to reach out to families affected by the SR530 landslide.

Mobile care teams of specially trained Red Cross workers are now meeting with affected families to provide emotional support and help create individual recovery plans. These teams include a caseworker, a health professional and a mental health professional. Caseworkers help families plan for the future, navigate paperwork, locate help from other agencies and determine what type of Red Cross help is needed. One form of help now available from the Red Cross, on a case-by-case basis, is financial assistance for transportation and lodging to bring family members to attend the funerals.

To request a visit from a Red Cross mobile care team, call 425-740-2325. The same services are available at the Joint Resource Centers in Darrington and in Arlington.

Shelters remain open in both communities. The shelter which had been open in Arlington has moved to Smokey Point Community Church, 17721 Smokey Point Blvd, in anticipation of school resuming.

Since the March 22 landslide, the Red Cross has mobilized five response vehicles and more than 350 trained workers - about half of them from Washington State. Through Wednesday (April 2), these Red Cross workers have served more than 17,000 meals and snacks in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, handed out hundreds of comfort and relief items, and provided more than 4,000 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, Red Cross shelters have provided nearly 140 overnight stays.

FAST FACTS To Date:

Shelter Overnight Stays - 140

Meals & Snacks Served - 18,637

Health Services Consultations - 1,248

Mental Health Consultations - 3,425

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Contact Info:

Denise Everhart

Regional Disaster Response Officer

(503)939-5952

denise.everhart@redcross.org

 

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