Relief services available for mudslide victims
Several resources are available for those affected by the landslide and there are several ways people can contribute to relief efforts.
Seattle Times staff reporter
There are several resources available for people affected by the Snohomish County mudslide and several ways people can contribute to relief efforts.
• A Family Assistance Center has opened in Arlington for families of mudslide victims. The center is specifically for those in the grieving process, according to John Pennington, director of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.
• Community Transit (communitytransit.org/alert/1916) is providing emergency bus service to connect Darrington residents with grocery and medical services in Skagit County and job centers in Arlington and Everett. Route 231 will operate morning and midday trips between White Horse and the Chuckanut Park and Ride in Burlington, with stops in Darrington, Concrete and Sedro-Woolley. The evening bus route will be the reverse. Buses will operate Monday through Friday. Fares are $2 for adults, $1.50 for youth and $1 for reduced fare. Community Transit will also provide a 7- to 15-passenger van to groups of local residents with the same or similar destinations. The route and schedule are set by the van group.
• Property owners affected by the mudslide are eligible for services including tax relief, immediate health insurance and disaster unemployment assistance. More information is available at the Governor’s Office website, governor.wa.gov/news/landslide/.
• Those who need vital records such as birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates should contact the state Department of Health. (1.usa.gov/1gDZodL).
• A crisis-care hotline is available for people who have been affected by the mudslide. The 24-hour hotline: 1-800-584-3578.
• The U-Haul companies of South Seattle, North Seattle and Southern Washington are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box portable moving and self-storage to those affected by the mudslide. In addition to self-storage assistance, those who need boxes can get them as part of U-Haul’s “Take a Box, Leave a Box” program. More information is available at the three U-Haul locations in Seattle, Arlington and Auburn.
How to help
• American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website, www.redcross.org, at 1-800-REDCROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, which will be added to the sender’s cellphone bill.
• United Way has established a recovery fund to assist those affected by the mudslide. Donations are accepted online at uwsc.org or can be sent to United Way of Snohomish County, ATTN: Finance Department, 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201.
• The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is accepting monetary donations online at youcaring.org/ososlide or donations can be sent to either Union Bank, ATTN: Tina Davis, 525 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223, or to Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, 330 Stillaguamish Ave., Arlington, WA 98223.
• The Coastal Community Bank is accepting donations for mudslide victims at all branches. Branches are in Darrington, Camano Island, Everett, Monroe, Stanwood, Sultan, Silver Lake, Smokey Point, Snohomish and Whidbey Island.
• The Skagit Food Distribution Center, a program of Community Action of Skagit County, is seeking cash donations to cover the fuel costs of taking emergency food supplies to Darrington several times per day. Food and supply donations are also needed, the center said. Donations are being accepted on its website, communityactionskagit.org.
• The Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) is accepting donations for residents who have taken in livestock for those who cannot care for them as a result of the mudslide. Several people are in need of supplies including hay, halters, lead ropes and wormers, the district said. The SCD is serving as a drop-off point for supplies except feed, which can be donated, along with hay, at the Arlington Cenex. Donors should contact SCD at 425-377-7003 before bringing supplies.
• Anyone with information about a missing person is asked to call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425-388-3845.
Tribes, businesses donate
• Washington tribes have donated $560,000 for the relief effort. The Snoqualmie Tribe said on Friday it will donate $275,000, with funds going to the Darrington, Arlington and Oso fire departments, Red Cross, Cascade Valley Relief Foundation and K-9 efforts. Tulalip Tribes donated $150,000, with $100,000 going to Red Cross of Snohomish County and $50,000 to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation. The Stillaguamish Tribe donated $100,000, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community donated $30,000 and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe donated $5,000.
• Several companies have pledged donations, including Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Safeway, Costco, Home Depot, Nordstrom and Starbucks.
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