Help Continues: Students Involved in SR 530 Slide Recovery

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Release date: 
May 29, 2014
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011

Students have been helping with the SR 530 Slide recovery. One example is in Mill Creek, Wash., where a broadcast team of seven students from Henry M. Jackson High School produced one of the first newscasts that told the story of the SR 530 Slide. The newscast was produced for the high school’s news network as a way of increasing media awareness among younger audiences, said Zachary Anders, who is part of the broadcast team.High school students shoot in bright visibility vests and hard hats shoot a video to report on the SR 530 slide in Washington.Zachary Anders (left) and Zach Purnell, juniors at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Wash. shoot a stand up interview at the site of the SR530 Slide in Oso, Wash. Anders and his team produced their first newscast that covered the event in a way that could reach younger audiences.

“I believe our coverage reached the younger audience simply by us students covering it, and for those of our age being able to relate to us,” he said. “Many of the students I talked to told us they ignored the coverage by CNN and NBC, or that they don't watch the news at all.”

The newscast is available on Jackson M. High School's YouTube page.

Another example of student involvement in SR 530 Slide recovery is in Edmonds, Wash. Two Edmonds Community College students, Rob Matthews and Quincy Powell, are volunteering their skills to help survivors recover their memories from computer hard drives, flash drives and SD cards that were damaged as a result of the SR 530 Slide.

“I want to help the survivors by giving them back something they thought they had lost. Then they can maybe begin the healing process and get some remembrance and closure,” Matthews said.

Matthews, Powell and other students of the college are earning degrees in Information Security Technology and Data Recovery. They are working with members of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association to recover the data for free.

These are only a few examples of students helping with the SR 530 Slide recovery. There are many other ways to help. The United Way of Snohomish County has more information about how to volunteer.

For more information on data recovery through Edmonds Community College, contact Rob Matthews at r.matthews1234@edmail.edcc.edu or Quincy Powell at q.powell6908@edmail.edcc.edu.

The Edmonds Community College Information Security website provides details about what to do with a damaged hard drive.

For more information on the SR 530 Slide, visit the Washington Emergency Management Division website or FEMA.

The state of Washington and FEMA have been partnering in recovery since the SR 530 Slide. Those who were directly impacted by the slide may register for disaster assistance through June 2. Register online through midnight, Pacific Daylight Time or by phone by 7 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.

To register online, visit the Disaster Assistance website or FEMA. To register by phone, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Survivors who use TTY should call (800) 462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call (800) 621-3362. Survivors may call these toll-free telephone numbers to access the FEMA help line from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, seven days a week.

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June 3, 2014 - 12:48
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