Snohomish County sets up fund to help victims of deadly wildfire
Snohomish County employees know all too well how tragedy can impact a community. They also know how important it is to pull together in a time of need. With that in mind, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick has created the Snohomish County Employees’ Fire Relief Fund to benefit the Community Foundation of North Central Washington (NCW) Fire Relief Fund. The Community Foundation of NCW is located in Wenatchee. All of the contributions the foundation receives will go toward helping those affected by the fires – both immediate needs and long-term recovery.
Here’s how to donate to this fund: In person: SnoCope members and the public are invited to make contributions at SnoCope Credit Union located at 3130 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, Wash. Over the phone: SnoCope members can call the credit union directly to arrange a donation Local: 425-405-9973 or Toll Free: 844 SnoCope (1-844-766-2673) Online: http://www.cfncw.org/snoco
You don’t have to be a Snohomish County employee to donate, and your donation is tax-deductible.
Thank you to SnoCope Credit Union for partnering with the County to create and promote the relief fund. SnoCope has waived all administrative and set-up fees so all of the money goes toward the relief effort.
Firefighters across Snohomish County have been deployed to the region. The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is using its newly developed support concept for Okanogan County’s Emergency Operations Center, the Emergency Management Assistance Team (EMAT). The Snohomish County EMAT is comprised of approximately a dozen emergency management professionals and some of its critical partners. The team’s focus will be to support the emergency operations center structure, its coordinator, and to transition the county and its impacted communities toward the recovery phase of the disaster. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has been requested to be prepared to offer mutual aid in the form of small teams, paired with Chelan County deputies, to help evacuate and secure property threatened by encroaching fires. We are proud of those providing critical support during this disaster and wish them continued safety.
Firefighters across the state, nation and even the world are on the front lines of these unpredictable and destructive fires. It is heartbreaking that this tragedy has taken the lives of three brave firefighters. Our thoughts are with their families and those who continue to battle the wildfires.
WILDFIRE RESOURCES for those impacted by wildfires. This includes information from local, state and federal agencies on everything from temporary shelters to health insurance to air quality updates.