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Red Cross Asking People to Take Precautions When Returning Home

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
The danger of a hurricane may have passed, but the Red Cross wants to make sure people are safe as they resume their normal activities.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. October 11, 2016 – As you prepare to return home after evacuating for Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross wants you to stay safe while inspecting and cleaning up the damage to your home.

“The danger of a hurricane may have passed, but the Red Cross wants to make sure people are safe as they resume their normal activities,” says Louise Welch Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross. “We know that returning to your home can be a difficult time, but the Red Cross is here to make sure you have the assistance and support that you need.”

Before traveling, ensure local officials have declared that it is safe to enter your community and that you have the supplies you will need.

Items you may need when returning include:

  • Government issued photo ID with proof of address
  • Important phone numbers
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods
  • First aid kit
  • Cleanser / hand cleaning gel for personal use
  • Hygiene products and toilet paper
  • Insect repellant and sun screen
  • Long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy waterproof boots and work gloves
  • Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries
  • Camera for photos of damage for insurance claims
  • For more information on returning home, repairing your flooded home, food and water safety, power outage checklist, taking care of your emotional health after disaster, helping children cope with disaster and many more resources please visit

    If you are in need of safe place to sleep tonight, the Red Cross and its partners are operating the following shelters:

    Charleston - Al Cannon Detention Center, 3841 Leeds Ave., North Charleston

    Beaufort - Battery Creek HS, 1 Blue Dolphin DR, Beaufort

    Beaufort - Bluffton HS, 12 H.E. McCracken Cir, Bluffton

    Horry - Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Pkwy, Myrtle Beach

    Florence - South Florence HS, 3200 Irby Street, Florence

    Florence - Lake City HS 652 N., Matthews Road, Lake City

    Florence - Wilson Middle School, 1411 East Old Marion, Florence

    Dillon - Dillon Middle School, 1803 Joan Drive, Dillon

    Marion - Marion HS, 1205 South Main Street, Marion

    Marion - Palmetto Middle School, 127 Northside Avenue, Mullins

    Marlboro - Marlboro HS, 951 Fayetteville Ave, Bennettsville

    If you need to find a shelter, you can visit, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048.

    The Red Cross, in partnership with other organizations, is providing shelter and meals as long as necessary while people are continuing to struggle with damage to their homes and power outages. So far we have provided over 16,000 overnight shelter stays for members of the community and provided in excess of 51,000 meals and snacks.

    The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

    For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.