How You Can Help Victims of the Deadly Mudslide in Washington State

Emergency vehicles fill state highway 530 leading to the scene of the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington, on Wednesday, March 26. Saturday's landslide covered about a square mile and was caused by groundwater saturation tied to heavy rain in the area over the past month. (AP)
Emergency vehicles fill state highway 530 leading to the scene of the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington, on Wednesday, March 26. Saturday’s landslide covered about a square mile and was caused by groundwater saturation tied to heavy rain in the area over the past month. (AP)

The search continues for those missing after Saturday’s landslide just north of Seattle, but it has been days since anyone has been found alive in the devastation that spans one square mile and in some places is up to 15 feet deep.

The small, close-knit communities of Oso and Darrington are still clinging to hope for a miracle. But as time ticks on, hope is harder to come by.

Immediately, the need is to identify those who are safe and those who are still missing. County officials are asking people to call 425-388-5088 to report anyone who has been found or is still lost. They ask that people call even if they have reported the information elsewhere and ask that they then send photos of missing friends or family to demcallcenter@snoco.org.

Shelters are open at Post Middle School in Arlington and at the Darrington Community Center. Anyone seeking information about reunification, evacuation and shelters should also call 425-388-5088 and check the FAQs on the Snohomish County website.

If you are directly affected by the landslide, you can also register or search for others on the Red Cross website safeandwell.org, in addition to calling the Snohomish County official number.

Local officials are asking people to refrain from trying to help on the scene, as it remains active and dangerous. The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations but asks that people not bring donations of items to shelters. You can donate by texting “RedCross” to “90999” or calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or donate online at the Northwest Response page.

Gov. Jay Inslee has launched a mudslide relief campaign. You can donate via his website to one of three organizations helping with the relief effort.

The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation has also established a fund for landslide victims. You can donate here, and, according to the foundation, 100% of funds raised will go to those affected by the landslide.

A landslide information and relief effort Facebook page has also been set up with information on relief efforts and how residents can find resources.

Snohomish County is urging anyone affected to get updates on Facebook or on Twitter at @snocounty and @SnoCoSheriff for all information related to #530slide. Those offering localized help for anyone affected are also posting on the Facebook page. Additional updates can also be found on their slide news and resources page.

SOURCE: Katie Walmsley
CNN

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