HONOLULU – Two additional Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to Snohomish County in Washington to help with the Red Cross response to this weekend’s devastating mudslide in Oso. Esther Lau, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu, will be assisting in health services. She left Wednesday night. Trina Shepherd, a Red Cross volunteer from Maui, will be assisting in disaster mental health services and is scheduled to leave today or Friday. This brings the total number of Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deployed to four.
As people in Washington deal with the impact of the tragic mudslide and wait for information about their friends and family, the American Red Cross is with them, providing support and comfort. Since Saturday, the Red Cross has mobilized several response vehicles and nearly 100 trained workers to provide support. These workers have served 3,800 meals and snacks and handed out dozens of comfort kits. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with officials to determine how we can best help the community and support emergency workers over the coming days.