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State update on support to Snohomish County’s response to Oso Landslide

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:10 pm

Camp Murray, WA – The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is continuing operations at Phase III activation in response to the Oso Landslide and impacts in Snohomish County. Local EOCs currently activated are the Snohomish County EOC in Everett, Arlington EOC and Darrington EOC.

Support to Snohomish County from state agencies and the State EOC has included:

• A team of geologists from the Department of Natural Resources to provide ongong assessments of stability and safety at the landslide scene. Today’s assessments revealed additional movement in the slide area that led to the temporary evacuation of personnel and equipment.

• Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

• Road crews cleared snow for the Mountain Pass Highway today. County crews will perform maintenance and expect to open the roadway to traffic Thursday morning.

• WSDOT has received $1 million in “quick Release” Emergency Relief Funds for damaged roads from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

• Six dog teams from search-and-rescue organizations around the state today, and six new teams tomorrow.

• The Washington State Patrol, which since Saturday has provided traffic control on and around State Route 530 and helped give communications repair teams access to closed areas. WSP aviation resources are assisting the response with overflights of the affected area.

• The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

• DSHS’s Mobile Community Services Office (CSO), which is bringing services directly to those in need. Hours on March 25 are 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; and on March 26, 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Operations began today in Darrington to support clients who need basic assistance and are unable to get to DSHS’s Everett or Smokey Point offices. The Mobile CSO can also facilitate additional resident/citizen needs for other types of assistance. For information, call 1-877-501-2233.

•Crisis mental health services in coordination with DSHS, including the Volunteers of America’s Care Crisis line at 800-584-3578; and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Line at 800-985-5990.

•Assets from the Washington National Guard that arrived on-scene in Snohomish County

today, including:

• A 50-person Search and Extraction Team trained in search and rescue; and

• An 11-person Fatality Search and Recovery Team trained in identification and recovery.

• The Consumer Hotline of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-562-6900, providing the public with a good way to get quick, expert answers to insurance questions.

• A special Mudslide Relief Campaign organized by the Community Fund Drive (CFD), 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 Relief-Campaign.aspx

• Liaisons to the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center from the State Emergency Operations Center.

• EMD’s Recovery program specialists to provide Snohomish County with assistance with damage assessment and initial recovery operations.

As a result of the federal Emergency Declaration request by Gov. Inslee and approved March 24, the following federal assets arrived in Snohomish County today:

• Regional and National Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs)

• Incident Support Team (IST)

• Technical program specialists

• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission assignment for debris planning

Also reporting to Snohomish County today was the Urban Search and Rescue team from Tacoma, comprised of fire and law enforcement personnel from Pierce County and fire personnel from King County and the city of Seattle. 

The SEOC at Camp Murray activated at Phase III at 6 p.m. on March 22 in support of the landslide response in Snohomish County. Snohomish County declared a state of emergency on March 22, followed by Gov. Inslee’s proclamation of emergency late that night.

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