(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 19, 2018) – Rain continues throughout much of the region, and storm-related response by the American Red Cross continues.
In partnership with Polk County officials, the American Red Cross will reopen the shelter in Columbus for people impacted by flooding and travel.
Polk County High School
1681 NC 108 Hwy. East
Columbus, NC 28722
The shelter in Caldwell County remains open at Gamewell Middle School, 3210 Gamewell School Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Shelters in McDowell County and Watauga County remain on standby.
“We are staging equipment and supplies and have more volunteers on standby so they may be ready to be deployed as needed, where needed,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region. “Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere,” said “Please follow your local weather channel and follow instructions of your local emergency management officials.”
FLOOD SAFETY TIPS:
Staying Safe Indoors
Staying Safe Outdoors
For additional safety information, please visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood#About.
The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have 4 hours a month or 4 hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at redcross.org/volunteer.
The Red Cross is able to deploy resources where needed, and to provide services here at home thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross provide assistance to people impacted by disasters such as tornadoes, floods or home fires may donate at redcross.org/wnc, by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.