With flooding a continued threat over the weekend in South Carolina, the American Red Cross is working alongside community partners to provide thousands of meals and snacks, distribute relief items and help people plan their recovery.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited flood-ravaged South Carolina on Friday, accompanied by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. Along with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and members of the South Carolina congressional delegation, the group toured various regions of the state impacted by the ongoing flooding, as well as the massive response underway to help people in South Carolina.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support disasters big and small.
2. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to get emergency alerts, find out where shelters are and have flooding safety information immediately available. The app can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
3. Download the Red Cross Monster Guard App to teach children what to do in case of a flood or other disaster.
5. Give blood.
The severe flooding has forced the cancellation of more than 50 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 1,260 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected over the past week. Most blood drives are open today in North and South Carolina and Virginia, and people are encouraged to give if they can get there safely.
In South Carolina, our blood donation center in Sumter is closed due to flooding damage. We are currently searching for an alternate blood collections site in the area. Across the state, we continue to experience some challenges transporting blood to hospitals with numerous road closures.
All eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by flooding are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood. Donors can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, which is free and available for download now. It can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download.