As heavy rainfall and the potential for widespread flooding continues to threaten communities across South Carolina, the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to join its workforce in the areas of Charleston, Columbia, and the Upstate.
"When families across South Carolina need shelter, disaster relief and comfort, the Red Cross is there to help them," said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in South Carolina. "We are asking people in the community to step up and help their neighbors in need by becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer."
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 of information.
Disaster assessment volunteers travel to areas affected by a disaster to review and assess the amount and severity of damage.
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.
The Red Cross is already on the ground in South Carolina, preparing to shelter families and assist residents impacted by flooding and storm damage, but more volunteers are needed. Anyone affected by this weekend's storms and needing assistance is encouraged to reach out to the Red Cross by calling their local chapter.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
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