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American Red Cross Continues Flood Relief Efforts with Additional Distribution of Emergency Clean-up Supplies and Damage Assessment

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(ASHEVILLE, N.C. – June 3, 2018) –  The American Red Cross will continue distributing emergency clean-up supplies and conducting damage assessment Monday from 2-7 p.m. in Buncombe and McDowell Counties.

Unlike Sunday, the supplies trucks will be mobile. One will travel around the Flat Creek Road area of Black Mountain in Buncombe County. A second will be around the Riverbreeze Road area of Marion in McDowell County. Supplies include tarps, heavy duty garbage bags, work gloves, bleach, mops, rakes, shovels, hand sanitizer, brooms, scrub brushes, and insect repellent.

 

Disaster trained volunteers will continue assessing damage to homes in Buncombe and McDowell Counties to help determine needs in those areas to assist in recovery planning efforts. 

Recovery outreach based on the damage assessments will begin. Trained caseworkers will reach out to people whose homes have already been assessed to help them form individualized recovery plans.

“While the storm is behind us, the road to recovery for many is still ahead,” said Alli Trask, executive director, Red Cross Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter. “Red Cross volunteers will be by the sides of those needing recovery assistance for weeks to come helping them down that road.”

SAFETY TIPS FOR RETURNING HOME AFTER A FLOOD:

 

·         After a flood, do not attempt to return to affected areas until officials say it is safe to do so.

·         Once you are able to go home, look for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, cracks in the foundation or other damage before you enter your home.

·         During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

·         Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.

·         If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

·         If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.

·         Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance     with disposal to avoid risk.

·         Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby   bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out.

For more tips on what to do before, during, and after flash floods or mudslides, visit RedCross.org or download the free Red Cross Emergency App. This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

HOW TO HELP:

Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Every single donation brings hope to those in need. Your gift enables the Red Cross to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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