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Red Cross Shelters and Provides Assistance to Storm Victims

Red Cross disaster responding giving a bottle of water to a little boy
Those affected should travel only if necessary. If traffic lights are out, roads may be congested.

The Red Cross continues assisting families affected by Sunday night’s severe thunderstorms that caused major damage and power outages across Eastern NC. Yesterday, the Red Cross sheltered 10 people at the PS Jones Middle School located at 4105 North Market Street Extension, Washington, NC 27889 and this shelter will continue to remain open until all families have found other accommodations.

Last night, Red Cross volunteers made water drops in Martin County to the Jamesville and Williamston Fire Departments assisting with the storm relief operation.

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles will remain in Grimesland and Sticks Rd area of Pitt County providing food and water until power has been restored to those communities. Caseworkers are meeting with those affected by the storms and providing financial assistance to aid in their disaster recovery process.

If you have been affected by the storm and are in need of assistance please contact the Pitt County Chapter of the Red Cross at 252-355-3800 if you live in the Pitt County area or contact the Greater Pamlico Area Chapter of the Red Cross at 252-946-4110 if you live in the Pamlico County area.

POWER OUTAGE While their electricity is out, many people are resorting to generator power. They should connect the equipment they want powered directly to the generator outlets, and never connect a generator to the home’s electrical system.

  • Refrigerators can only keep food cold for about four hours with the door closed. A full freezer can hold its temperature for about two days if the door remains closed. Many areas have now been without power for several days. People should use caution before consuming food they’ve had on hand while the power is out.
  • People should turn appliances and electrical equipment off and unplug them, leaving one light on to know when the power is restored.
  • Those affected should travel only if necessary. If traffic lights are out, roads may be congested.
  • More information about what people should do during a power outage is available on the Red Cross web site.

    FIREWORKS WARNING The hot weather and dry conditions all across the country make the situation ripe for forest and brush fires. Officials urge people to avoid using fireworks at or near their homes, to enjoy the 4th of July holiday tradition at professional shows in their communities.

    HOW TO HELP If someone would like to help people affected by these disasters, they can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by clicking here, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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