The American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region has deployed four disaster-trained workers to support Red Cross’ relief efforts for victims of this week’s tornados.
A disaster-trained staff member from the Coastal SC Chapter in Myrtle Beach was requested to go to Mississippi as a Site Director to be a part of the Red Cross’ Operations Management team.
Two disaster-trained volunteers were deployed from the Coastal SC Chapter to support the ongoing recovery in North Carolina. Those volunteers are driving Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) and distributing water and hot meals in the devastated communities there.
The Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry Chapter deployed a disaster-trained volunteer to serve as a Logistics Manager for disaster relief in North Carolina.
“We are grateful that we have such dedicated staff and volunteers that are experienced and eager to help those who have lost so much,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, Palmetto SC Region. “They will provide much needed support there, and they will bring home valuable disaster relief experience that will benefit our region.”
Red Cross has opened and is supporting shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. More than 800 Red Cross workers have already served more than 30,000 meals and snacks, and handed out 4,600 essential relief items to people in need. Red Cross workers are also providing health and mental health services throughout the affected states.
Every eight minutes the American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by disasters big and small. You can help people affected by disasters by making a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org to donate. Also people can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Severe weather can strike anytime and the Red Cross encourages everyone to have a plan. Please download the free Red Cross Tornado App from the Google Play Store for Android devices or from the app store for Apple. Please visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado to learn how to prepare for a tornado and safety tips, and how to recover.
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,400 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since January 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.