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Red Cross and Partners Supporting Families in Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
We are working with the entire response community to make everyone safely gets the help they need.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., October 8, 2016 – With the coast of South Carolina left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross and its partners are supporting families as they begin the recovery process. Last night, 4,500 people remained in more than 60 shelters across the state. So far in South Carolina, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 700 Red Crossers and 10 emergency response vehicles that have provided nearly 10,000 overnight shelter stays, more than 5,000 meals and snacks, and had more than 1,600 health services contacts.

“Our first priority is keeping people safe,” said Louise Welch Williams, CEO for the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross. “We are working with the entire response community to make everyone safely gets the help they need.”


Berkeley - Cane Bay High School (Pet Shelter), 1624 State Rd Carnes Crossroads

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

Colleton - Colleton Middle School, 1739 Mighty Cougar, Walterboro

Georgetown - Andrews Elementary School, 13072 County Line Rd, Andrews

Hampton - Hampton Elementary School, 505 Hoover, Hampton

Hampton - Estill High School, 1450 Columbia Hwy, Estill

Jasper - Ridgeland High School, 250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland

Williamsburg - CE Murray High School, 222 CE Murray Blvd.,Greelyville

Williamsburg - Hemingway High School, 401 S. Main St., Hemingway

Williamsburg - Kingstree Middle School, 423 School St., Kingstree

Williamsburg - Kingstree Rec Center, 375 Nelson Blvd., Kingstree

Beaufort - Whale Branch HS, 169 State Hwy S7-549, Seabrook

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

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

Horry - North Myrtle Beach HS, 3750 Sea Mountain Hwy, Little River

Horry - Ocean Bay Middle School, 905 International Drive, Myrtle Beach

Horry - Loris HS, 301 Loris Lion Road, Loris

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

Darlington - Darlington Middle School, 150 Pinedale Road, Darlington

Marion - Marion HS, 1205 South Main Street, Marion

Marion - Palmetto Middle School, 127 Northside Avenue, Mullins

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. It's also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.

An easy way to find an open shelter is to download the free Red Cross Emergency App. The app displays open Red Cross shelters on an easy to use map interface and is updated every 30 minutes. The app is available in app stores by searching for the Red Cross Emergency or by going to


Many communities are still feeling the effects of Matthew and it is critical for people to follow the advice of emergency officials.

  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoided flooded roads and bridges.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them to the power company.
  • Use flashlights in the dark, not candles.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Watch animals closely, keep them under your direct control.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

    People who would like to help their friends and neighbors can volunteer with the Red Cross. Volunteers are currently helping with sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, and operational support. Getting started is easy. New volunteers can visit 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.


    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.