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Hurricane Matthew leaves NC, Red Cross shelters 3,800+ people

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Hurricane Matthew has devastated our communities and recovery will be a group effort, said Barry Porter

RALEIGH, Oct. 9, 2016 — Overnight, Eastern North Carolina experienced power outages, flooded and closed roads, and water shortages, that forced many to seek refuge in Red Cross shelters.

In Eastern North Carolina, 80 Red Cross and partner shelters were open with 3,824 people in them. The number in those shelters will continue to increase as people assess the damage of their homes.

As roads are deemed safe today, Red Cross will deploy 14 emergency response vehicles into communities to distribute food and clean-up kits to residents. About 20 more of those response vehicles are traveling to North Carolina to help from other states.

More than 180 Red Cross volunteers are currently helping those affected by Matthew in Eastern North Carolina, and hundreds more have generously signed up and will be sent out into the field. Right now, volunteers are making sure basic needs are being meet, providing food, shelter and mental health services.

“Hurricane Matthew has devastated our communities and recovery will be a group effort. Volunteers, partner organizations, and state and local officials will work together day and night until every need is met,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “And while the storm has passed, we’re not out of the woods yet. We expect most of the rivers to crest mid-week and cause additional flooding. Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks to come.”

Find a shelter. For those seeking a shelter, check the Red Cross Emergency App that can be downloaded on your phone, or call 1-800-768-8048.

Want to help? Become a volunteer. Red Cross is also seeking nurses and disaster mental health volunteers to assist in shelters. Volunteering is easy. To sign up to assist, visit and click on “volunteer” to start your application.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross