A Lake Stevens based AmeriCorps crew from the Department of Ecology’s Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) joined the response to the SR 530 Landslide disaster last week. Ecology dispatched the crew at the request of the state Emergency Management Division to assist Snohomish County.
The crew leader is Meghan Turner of Lake Stevens. Crew members are Shawn Beach, Everett; Cara Germain, Auburn, Mass.; Nicholas Moser, Everett; Jake Smith, Othello; and Brady Lester, Bellingham.
The WCC crews are assigned to support the overall response effort. One crew is assigned to drainage, digging trenches to release standing water so that responders can get through.
At the incident Command Post in Arlington and the Oso Fire Station, activities include supply order processing, food and supply distribution, waste disposal and collection, and organization of donated materials.
WCC also helps transport staff and equipment to and from the slide location. Two crews in Darrington operate a tent camp for out of town responders.
In exchange for their year of service, members earn minimum wage and an AmeriCorps education award of $5,550 that they can use to repay student loans or toward future tuition expenses.