As relief and recovery efforts continue, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is standing with the people of Haines, helping to care for families and community members impacted by the devastating landslides of December 2.
In the wake of the slides and heavy rainfall that decimated roads, destroyed houses and left many people missing, Haines experienced an outpouring of support and aid from many organizations, including the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Capital City Fire/Rescue, the Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard. Members of Juneau Mountain Rescue and Juneau Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search deployed to help with search and rescue operations in the town.
To assist the community in meeting their needs throughout the long process of rebuilding, SEARHC has made significant donations to the Tlingit & Haida Tribal Emergency Operations Center (TEOC), Juneau Mountain Rescue and the Salvation Army. The TEOC played a central role in responding to the disaster, coordinating relief and rescue efforts with state and local agencies and providing supplies to help 50 displaced residents.
“The health and safety of our neighbors and community in Haines are a foremost concern for SEARHC,” said Charles Clement, SEARHC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Partnering with our communities is at the heart of our mission and vision. We will continue to be there for everyone in need — both now and in the future.”
The lives of Haines residents have been upended and forever changed by these tragic events. Throughout this most difficult time, SEARHC is committed to helping our friends and neighbors in Haines rebuild their lives and their town.
If you are interested in helping the people of Haines, please consider making a donation to one of the following organizations. as pulled from KHNS.
Chilkoot Indian Association has created a disaster relief fund to provide housing, rental cars (for those who lost or don’t have access to their vehicles), reparation of property damage and other essential items.
The Haines Salvation Army has been coordinating volunteers to provide housing, counseling and other assistance to displaced families. Donations are being accepted directly to the Haines Salvation Army, PO Box 550, Haines, AK 99827. Donations can be submitted online here.
The American Red Cross has been working in Haines to provide safe shelter, food, relief supplies and other support to people in need. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation.
The American Legion in Haines has become a hub for disaster relief. The main hall is used for updating evacuees on the latest news from the borough, coordinating accommodation for displaced people, counseling services and providing meals and other goods. Checks for the American Legion Lynn Canal Post 12 can be sent to PO Box 452, Haines, AK 99827. Call 907.766.2530 before donating any items.
If you or your family members are impacted by the disasters and need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1.877.294.0074 or the Lynn Canal Behavioral Health Clinic at 907.766.6313.