The American Red Cross is responding to the life-threatening flooding and historic rainfall that is affecting the entire State of South Carolina. As shelters open and plans to assess damage are underway, the Red Cross is in need of additional volunteers to join its workforce in the areas of Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and the Upstate.
"We are helping families across South Carolina that are in need of shelter, disaster relief and comfort," said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in South Carolina. "We are also welcoming members of the community who want to help to join us as Red Cross disaster volunteers."
The Red Cross is especially in need of volunteers to be available to assist with opening and operating shelters as well as disaster assessment. Shelter volunteers provide a safe, warm, dry place for their neighbors during a disaster. These volunteers assist with registration, setup of sleeping areas, feeding, and sharing information. Disaster assessment volunteers travel to areas affected by a disaster to review and assess the amount and severity of damage.
New volunteers can visit RedCross.org/SC and click on volunteer to start their application. Red Cross volunteer training is free and open to the public. A background check will be performed on every volunteer applicant. New volunteers will be contacted by a member of the Red Cross team.
For more information please call:
· Charleston – 843-764-2323 x321
· Columbia – 803-508-5251
· Myrtle Beach – 843-764-2323 x321
· Upstate – 864-270-9575
The Red Cross is already on the ground in South Carolina, sheltering families and assisting residents impacted by flooding and storm damage, but more volunteers are needed. So far more than 60 staff and volunteers are responding in South Carolina, with additional support currently traveling from across the country to help our state. Ten emergency response vehicles from out of the state are in route to supplement the seven that are based in the state and tractor trailers of supplies are being pre-positioned distribution.
As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Red Cross has opened or is supporting the following shelters:
GEORGETOWN, SC 29440
J.B. Buck Education Center
2030 Church Street
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC 29405
United Methodist Church
1125 E. Montague Ave.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29582
First Baptist Church
Family Life Center (located behind the church)
200 Hwy 17 South (at the intersection of 2nd Ave.)
SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483
Summerville High School
1101 Boone Hill Road
Additional shelters across the state are on standby and the Red Cross is working closely with government partners to ensure immediate needs of residents are being met.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross of Lowcountry SC, 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, S.C. 29406.
For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC