How to Help Mudslide Victims in Washington

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OSO, Wash. (KCPQ) — As the search for survivors of the devastating mudslide in Oso continues, Snohomish County officials have released information on how best to help mudslide victims, their families and struggling surrounding communities.

First and foremost, officials are requesting everyone stay away from the slide. The area remains very dangerous, and officials said non-dispatched individuals at the scene would complicate efforts. Please stay well clear of roadblocks and emergency workers.

The Red Cross has seen an outpouring of support in clothes and food donations. But now, monetary donations are what’s needed. Call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit RedCross.org to give. And the Red Cross reminded people NOT to bring donation items to area shelters.

Those missing for loved ones could visit Safeandwell.org. Family members could call the call center at 425-388-5088 to report a missing loved one.

Officials will continue to connect people with missing livestock and pets as they are found. If you believe you have found a pet lost in the slide that doesn’t belong to you, call the call center to report the lost animal.

If you call the info line or call center, please be patient. A very large number of people are calling in, with only six receivers available, officials said.

Read more on the massive mudslide HERE.

And read about this woman’s amazing survival story.  She said “I had a mouth full of mud and a nose full of mud and we were under everything’

Eight Killed, Many Missing After Major Washington State Mudslide
In this handout from Washington State Dept of Transportation, an aerial view of a breach where water from the Stillaguamish River begins to move through the dam created March 23, 2014 between Darrington and Arlington, Washington. Eight people have been confirmed dead and at least 18 others are still missing after a massive mudslide leveled homes and blocked a river and a road. (Photo by Washington State Dept of Transportation via Getty Images)

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