As rivers crest and new flooding threatens, the American Red Cross is providing safe shelter, food and comfort to people in South Carolina.
"The Red Cross is there, and we're there for the long haul," said Rebecca Jordan, executive director of the Red Cross of Central South Carolina. "It (the flood) is impacting more communities, and we want to be there with a safety net to catch them and help them through it - not only today and tomorrow but in the months to come."
RED CROSS RESPONSE
Red Cross disaster workers are helping with damage assessment – going door-to-door in affected communities to see the damage and determine what help people need. Watch this video to see why Red Cross damage assessment is important.
More than 400 people spent Wednesday night in more than 20 Red Cross and community shelters in South Carolina.
During large disasters like the flooding in South Carolina, the Red Cross relies on working closely with the entire response community – federal, state, county and local agencies, other non-profit organizations, churches, area businesses and others - to help coordinate the relief effort and deliver services quickly. That’s exactly what is happening in South Carolina. In North Charleston, a church and local businesses, nonprofit organizations and neighbors are working together to help during the flooding. Here is the story of a community helping their neighbors.
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.
Since Friday, more than 50 blood drives have been cancelled in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, causing more than 1,260 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Many blood drives are open today in these states, and people are encouraged to give if they can get there safely. However, as high floodwaters continue in some areas, additional blood drives could be cancelled in the coming days. 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.