Disaster Recovery Centers organized in Washington following landslides

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Monday that Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are available in the state of Washington to make sure survivors of recent landslides receive disaster assistance.

"We're working with FEMA to quickly bring the next phase of federal and state assistance to help survivors and affected families," State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin said. "This aid is part of the overall resources they will need to start their long-term recovery."

Disaster assistance was offered when President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Washington.

"We are determined to provide as much personalized attention as possible here to survivors of this heart-breaking tragedy," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Hall said. "Our goal is, when desired, to meet personally with each individual - whether they lost a loved one, their home or were severely impacted in some other way."

Three Disaster Recovery Centers are located in Arlington, Darrington and Oso. Representatives from local, state and federal agencies and nonprofits, including the Internal Revenue Service, the American Red Cross and the U.S. Small Business Administration, are available at the centers to help people affected by the landslides.

FEMA encourages the public to apply for assistance prior to visiting a recovery center.