Following their assessment of the Oso mudslide and the initial response, Rev. David Alger and Morella Larsen of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) met with 25 Presbyterians at Mountain View PC in Marysville, WA on March 29th. This disaster, when all is said and done, may be the most costly natural disaster in the last century in Washington State in terms of human life.
Please be in prayer for all those engaged in the search for missing people, for the families and friends of those who have died, for the recovery efforts of everyone involved. And become prepared to help respond long after the cameras move on to the next story and this community tries to put a life back together.
If you want to be directly involved in coordinating the relief effort both now and over the long-term please email Corey Schlosser-Hall (Northwest Coast Presbytery Executive). They are forming a team that will coordinate ecumenically, with churches closest to Oso, and with other volunteer organizations actively involved in Oso relief efforts.
What's NOT needed right now?
- There are plenty of people searching through the area.
- There are plenty of chaplains functioning with the rescue workers right now.
- There is plenty of food, water and shelter provided to those displaced.
- There are plenty of blankets, sweaters, clothing.