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AbledCauses Post banner shows an American flag flying on a post sticking out of the collapsed roof of a home that was crushed and carried away by a massive landslide in Oso, Washington. The bare mud cliff created by the slide is seen in the distance. The headline reads: AbledCauses: The Oso Mudslide: How to Help Survivors of the Washington State Mudslide Disaster.
AbledCauses - Aerial map shows the community of homes outlined in red scattered around the the base of the green tree-lined ridge before the site of a previous partial slide completely collapsed from a what's believed to be the subsequent consequences of that previous slide, a base saturated from recent heavy rains and a recent earthquake.

An Outpouring Of Support For A Community Reeling From Unspeakable Disaster

 

The crushed rooftop in our headline banner belongs to Mac McPherson. The house that the 78 year-old and his wife Linda lived in was directly in the path of the equivalent of 17 football fields filled 100 feet deep with mud and debris slamming down at over 100 miles per hour in a matter of seconds.

 

You might call Matt one of the lucky ones. On the one hand he survived. But on the other hand he, like so many in this small community in and around Oso and Darrington, Washington has suffered heartbreaking loss.

 

He and his wife Linda were sitting in their living room reading the newspaper on the morning of Saturday, March 22nd. In an instant, everything was lost . . . including his beloved Linda.

Like The Families Of The Missing Malaysian Airlines Passengers – Survivors Caught Between Hope And Despair 

 

It’s a community where people grieve as much for their neighbor’s losses as they do their own from the massive trail of destruction. Many are also caught in a limbo similar to the families of the passengers aboard missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 – keeping hope alive for missing relatives and friends while fearing the worst.

 

It’s a tightrope walk of emotions that’s even difficult for the first responders who’ve been working around the clock in extremely dangerous conditions because some of them have lost relatives and everyone has lost friends.

How To Get Help & How To Give Help

 

Here is a list of ways to contribute to the disaster relief or to seek help if you live in the area and have been affected by the slide. A number of organizations have been responding, and people have been starting crowdfunding campaigns on social media. Some people have even commented that it’s better to directly contribute to bank funds that have been set up to deliver 100% of the funds to the people in need, as opposed to the Red Cross, which one person claimed was only providing a maximum of $600 per family.

 

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. 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.

 

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has launched a mudslide relief campaign which allows you to donate to one of three organizations helping with the relief effort.

 

The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation has also established a fund for landslide victims. Click  here to make a donation and 100% of the funds raised will go to local families and individuals affected by the mudslide.

 

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.

 

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

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From King5 News:

Monetary donations are pouring from companies and organizations from around the region following the landslide in Oso.

Wednesday, Boeing announced that $100,000 from its employees and the company would go to Cascade Valley Hospital, United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound also said that it would match individual donations up to an additional $25,000.

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert said two local tribes had also donated. The Stilaguamish Tribe gave $100,000 and Tulalip Tribes made two donations totaling $150,000. They gave $100,000 to Red Cross of Snohomish County and $50,000 to the local fund at Union Bank.

Grocery chains Fred Meyer and QFC said 100 stores would be collecting cash for the Red Cross using register coin boxes or check stand donations of $1 or $5.

Alaska Airlines added another $25,000 in donations for the Red Cross to assist with disaster relief.

 

From The Everett Herald Tribune:

Where to donate


  • Red Cross: If you wish to help victims of the Oso mudslide, cash donations are preferred. The American Red Cross is no longer collecting items. Go to the Red Cross of Snohomish County atwww.redcross.org/snoco to donate. People also can text “RedCross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • United Way has established a community-wide recovery fund to assist those affected by the mudslide. Information on how to donate is at www.uwsc.org. Checks may be sent to: United Way of Snohomish County, Attn: Finance Dept., 3120 McDougall Ave., Ste. 200, Everett, WA 98201.
  • The Salvation Army is collecting donations for local disaster relief efforts. Donate by phone at 800-725-2769, online atwww.salvationarmynw.org or by mail to the Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N. #300, Seattle, WA, 98109. Designate your gift as “disaster relief.”
  • The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected. The Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington treated several victims in the aftermath of the mudslide. Donate at this site or by phone at 360-435-2133, ext. 7805. You can drop off/mail donations to 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington or donate to the fund through an account at Union Bank in downtown Arlington, 525 N. Olympic Ave.
  • The Coastal Community Bank is accepting donations for slide victims at all branches: Darrington, Camano Island, Everett, Monroe, Stanwood, Sultan, Silver Lake, Smokey Point, Snohomish and Whidbey Island.
  • A special Mudslide Relief Campaign has been organized by the Community Fund Drive, state government’s workplace giving program that invites state and higher education employees to give to the charity of their choice. For information, go to www.cfd.wa.gov.

 

 

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