Silicon Valley Red Cross Volunteers Head to Mudslide to Provide Comfort

By Bob Redell
|  Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014  |  Updated 11:56 AM PDT
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Volunteers from the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Red Cross are heading to the scene of the Washington mudslide to help out. Bob Redell reports.

Volunteers from the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Red Cross are heading to the scene of the Washington mudslide to help out. Bob Redell reports.

Emergency volunteers who specialize in providing comfort are flying from Silicon Valley to north of Seatlle to provide emotional support for family members whose relatives are unaccounted for in the Washington state mudslide.

Nancy Blodgett, of Sunnyvale, and two other volunteers from Morgan Hill and Woodside American Red Cross Volunteers from Silicon Valley will be flying to Seattle to drive to the site of the Oso mudslide.

A hillside collapsed on March 22, killing 14, and leaving dozens of people unaccounted for. As of Tuesday, there were reports of 176 people missing, but authorities thought that number might be too high.

Blodgett, who is a "client responder" for the Red Cross, said on Tuesday that she hopes to be some sort of comfort for families whose loved ones are still missing, or "a shoulder to cry on, somebody to talk to."

"We've been told it'll be a very emotional trip," Blodgett said. "I'll have to stay strong for them, it's about them."

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