Permanent disaster relief center opens in Pateros - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Permanent disaster relief center opens in Pateros

Posted: Updated:

"Immediate needs of food, water and clothing, along with generators loaned by citizens, have come in abundance. We are now moving into the stage of providing these items over the months to come, with seasonal items to be brought out as summer turns to fall and winter." In the future, as victims begin to rebuild their lives, other donations of building supplies, furniture, and financial assistance will be sought. Emotional counseling will be a need for many victims as well. "Having lived through a previous loss to fire, I know all too well the ache that victims will live with in the future; I just had to help," said Heather Carrington, community volunteer at the Pateros High School donation center.

PATEROS, Wash. - Community volunteers, in association with various charities, private donors, local businesses and government emergency response agencies have worked together to open a more permanent disaster relief center in Pateros, WA. The new center will act as a distribution site for the large volumes of donated items including food, clothing, household supplies, baby items and so forth. The donated items previously distributed at Pateros High School, the Brewster Recreation Center, the Okanogan Agriplex, and the Colville Tribal Center, will now all be distributed from the new central location in Pateros.

A private donor has made available the former Pateros grocery store building, which has been vacant for some time, to act as the new aid center. The new site should be fully functional within days.

Some have suggested that a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) also be invited to use part of the new space to provide other resources and support to fire victims.

Eric Driesen, Superintendent of Brewster Schools and community volunteer at the Brewster Recreation Center site says, "The fire victims have been greatly blessed by generous donations from throughout the country. Volunteers in our communities have donated thousands of hours to receive, sort, process, and prepare for distribution, tremendous volumes of needed aid." He notes that the supplies will be warehoused in a large facility donated by a local fruit company. That warehouse will supply the Pateros supermarket site for free distribution to fire victims over the next eighteen months or so.

Heather Carrington, community volunteer at the Pateros High School donation center says the new location will allow Pateros High School to be cleaned and prepared for school to start in about one month. "We needed a new distribution location so we could relieve the school. Our communities have worked well together to sort and inventory donations so they can be handled like a wholesale and retail distribution center. We are in this for the long run and have planned for these supplies to be distributed for as long as the fire victims need them."

Both Driesen and Carrington agree that the initial donations are only the first step in a long road to recovery. "Immediate needs of food, water and clothing, along with generators loaned by citizens, have come in abundance. We are now moving into the stage of providing these items over the months to come, with seasonal items to be brought out as summer turns to fall and winter," Carrington says. In the future, as victims begin to rebuild their lives, other donations of building supplies, furniture, and financial assistance will be sought. Emotional counseling will be a need for many victims as well. "Having lived through a previous loss to fire, I know all too well the ache that victims will live with in the future; I just had to help," she said.

"There are many sources of aid being made available to our victims, from volunteer help, donations, emotional support, health services, and government relief -- we are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support from so many agencies," says Lois Davis head of the Pateros Chamber of Commerce and Superintendent of Pateros Schools.

"Hundreds of volunteers come to help everyday", said Welcome Sauer, Business Development Manager at Gebbers Farms, who, along with a team of other employees have been dedicated by the company to assist in disaster recovery. He noted that one ten-person crew traveled 2.5 hours each way and helped a homeowner clear trees and debris from his lot for 9 hours in the hot sun. "One large church sent from their distribution center in Salt Lake City 50 wheelbarrows, 25 chain saws, pallets of tools, supplies, food, tents, tarps and other emergency supplies, and they dedicated volunteers for every day into the foreseeable future, and they come."

Staffing for the new Pateros distribution facility has not yet been announced.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Kids walk home due to crowded bus

    Kids walk home due to crowded bus

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:18 PM EST2018-02-24 01:18:23 GMT
    School bus crash in Rathdrum, IDSchool bus crash in Rathdrum, ID
    School bus crash in Rathdrum, IDSchool bus crash in Rathdrum, ID

    Spokane Valley, Wash. As a father of four, Justin Hein was not happy that his 12-year-old daughter and five other students walked over a mile from Centennial Middle School to her home last week, “Kind of Frustrated,” said Hein. He continued by saying, “I had no clue that my kid was even nominated or telling to walk home from school with slippery ice, people driving, that aren't watching where they are going,  and trying to watch a cell phone. And I have to worry

    >>

    Spokane Valley, Wash. As a father of four, Justin Hein was not happy that his 12-year-old daughter and five other students walked over a mile from Centennial Middle School to her home last week, “Kind of Frustrated,” said Hein. He continued by saying, “I had no clue that my kid was even nominated or telling to walk home from school with slippery ice, people driving, that aren't watching where they are going,  and trying to watch a cell phone. And I have to worry

    >>
  • Liquor store clerks shoot armed robbery suspect, fight over gun

    Liquor store clerks shoot armed robbery suspect, fight over gun

    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:27 AM EST2018-02-24 05:27:46 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. - The owner of an Oklahoma liquor store has released graphic surveillance video showing a violent run-in with an armed robber.  KTUL reports that police responded to Forest Acres Liquor Store in Tulsa Thursday evening after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect several times. The suspect took off before officers arrived, but he later showed up at a nearby hospital.  Police identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee, and 

    >>

    TULSA, Okla. - The owner of an Oklahoma liquor store has released graphic surveillance video showing a violent run-in with an armed robber.  KTUL reports that police responded to Forest Acres Liquor Store in Tulsa Thursday evening after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect several times. The suspect took off before officers arrived, but he later showed up at a nearby hospital.  Police identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee, and 

    >>
  • One dead, one injured in crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park

    One dead, one injured in crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:33 AM EST2018-02-24 06:33:14 GMT

    DEER PARK, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park. WSP officials said they were working to rescue two people who were trapped as a result of the crash Friday evening. Troopers said two cars were involved and there are serious injuries.  Highway 395 is blocked in both directions. Traffic is being divert southbound at Owens and northbound at Burrows.  Avoid the area if possible. 

    >>

    DEER PARK, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park. WSP officials said they were working to rescue two people who were trapped as a result of the crash Friday evening. Troopers said two cars were involved and there are serious injuries.  Highway 395 is blocked in both directions. Traffic is being divert southbound at Owens and northbound at Burrows.  Avoid the area if possible. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Coast Guard rescues 68-year-old hiker after fall from Clallam County waterfall

    Coast Guard rescues 68-year-old hiker after fall from Clallam County waterfall

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:51 PM EST2018-02-25 04:51:50 GMT

    SEATTLE, Wash. - A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 68-year-old hiker who suffered reportedly non-life threatening shoulder and back injuries after he fell from the Hoko Waterfall in Clallam County, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, safely transported the hiker to the air station where he was transferred to waiting emergency medical service personnel, who 

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. - A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 68-year-old hiker who suffered reportedly non-life threatening shoulder and back injuries after he fell from the Hoko Waterfall in Clallam County, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, safely transported the hiker to the air station where he was transferred to waiting emergency medical service personnel, who 

    >>
  • Team USA skier Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

    Team USA skier Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:49 PM EST2018-02-25 04:49:26 GMT
    Courtesy @guskenworthyCourtesy @guskenworthy

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy is leaving the Winter Olympics with a new rescue pet, once again. In 2014, the freestyle skier went through the long process of bringing two puppies he found near Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, back home to America.  In a lengthy Instagram post, Kenworthy announced Friday that he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, visited one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat 

    >>

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy is leaving the Winter Olympics with a new rescue pet, once again. In 2014, the freestyle skier went through the long process of bringing two puppies he found near Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, back home to America.  In a lengthy Instagram post, Kenworthy announced Friday that he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, visited one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat 

    >>
  • World-famous evangelist Billy Graham's body travels 130 miles in procession to his hometown

    World-famous evangelist Billy Graham's body travels 130 miles in procession to his hometown

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:54 PM EST2018-02-25 03:54:00 GMT

    ASHEVILLE, N.C.  (AP) - The Latest on the procession for the Rev. Billy Graham (all times local):  3:30 p.m. The body of the Rev. Billy Graham has reached the library bearing his name, ending a journey which took him down North Carolina roads filled with mourners paying their final respects.  The procession reached the Billy Graham Library literally four hours after it left the training center to head for Charlotte, where the evangelist was born. 

    >>

    ASHEVILLE, N.C.  (AP) - The Latest on the procession for the Rev. Billy Graham (all times local):  3:30 p.m. The body of the Rev. Billy Graham has reached the library bearing his name, ending a journey which took him down North Carolina roads filled with mourners paying their final respects.  The procession reached the Billy Graham Library literally four hours after it left the training center to head for Charlotte, where the evangelist was born. 

    >>