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Red Cross Opens Shelter for Families Affected by Tornado

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

(HICKORY, N.C., Oct. 8, 2017) Working with emergency management partners, the American Red Cross Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter has opened a shelter in Caldwell County for families impacted by a tornado. Officials estimate more than 30 homes were damaged. Red Cross disaster trained responders from across the Western North Carolina Region have been mobilized to Caldwell County to provide relief and comfort to families impacted.


“It’s heart-breaking to see the destruction this storm has caused and we may not see the full impact until the light of day,” said Jerri Jameson, Regional Communications Officer, Red Cross Western North Carolina Region. “Red Cross workers are here now, providing shelter, food and comfort, and to help our neighbors begin to recover.”


South Caldwell High School

7035 Spartan Dr., Hudson, NC 2863

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

•             Prescriptions and emergency medications

•             Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

•             Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

•             Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

•             Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

•             Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

•             Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

•             Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself



As residents begin to clean up, the Red Cross encourages people to remember the following safety tips:



•             Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.

•             If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

•             Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.

•             Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.

•             Stay out of damaged buildings.

•             Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings – do NOT use candles.

•             If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.

•             Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.

•             Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

•             Keep all your animals under your direct control.

•             Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.

•             Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.



The American Red Cross Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter serves a population of over 935 thousand people in the counties of Alleghany, Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes.



The Western North Carolina Region proudly serves 53% of the state’s population, providing services throughout the 47 counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Graham, Guilford, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey. Together, the five chapters serve more than 5 million people.