The American Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, meals, cleaning supplies, help and hope to those affected by last week’s flooding across West Virginia. As the situation continues to evolve, the Red Cross is constantly working to assess and fulfill the needs of the communities.
Hundreds of Red Cross workers from West Virginia and across country continue to support Red Cross shelter, staff distribution sites, and transport bulk items such as cleaning supplies and hygiene items to the neighborhoods where flooding occurred.
“I am always so humbled and amazed by the generosity of our state,” said Erica Mani, Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Region. “Our friends and neighbors have really stepped up to assist those affected. They are out there in the community handing out over 12,000 meals, helping people stay hydrated, passing out cleaning items, and so much more.”
Clean-up kits, which include items like bleach, mops, buckets, and garbage bags, are being delivered to areas such as Left Hand, Newton, Clay, Rainelle, Clendenin, Richwood, Webster and more. Supplies will be delivered to additional communities in the coming days. To date, the Red Cross has distributed nearly 4,500 kits throughout West Virginia.
In the next few days, Red Cross caseworkers will be meeting one-on-one with impacted individuals to help provide assistance, support, help to create recovery plans and identify additional resources.
Those affected should let friends and relatives know that they are safe by updating their social media accounts or registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, www.redcross.org/safeandwell, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Concerned family and friends can also search the list of those who have registered themselves on the site. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.
“As people begin to rebuild their lives, we are there with them,” said Mani, “every step of the way. Just as we are here, serving all of our communities, each and every day.”
HOW TO HELP Many families have lost their homes and everything they own in this flooding.. People can donate to those affected in the West Virginia Floods by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word WVFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to West Virginia Floods enable the Red Cross to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from these disasters.
People are encouraged to download the Red Cross Emergency App for real time weather alerts, shelter locations and recovery resources. The App includes a “Family Safe” feature that allows people to check on loved ones and instantly see if they are okay – even if that person hasn’t downloaded the App. The Emergency App is available for free in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.