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.”
SHELTERS OPEN AS OF 8 PM
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 redcross.org/apps.
Many communities are still feeling the effects of Matthew and it is critical for people to follow the advice of emergency officials.
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 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.
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, 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 redcross.org/SC or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.