NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., October 10, 2016 – The American Red Cross and its partners are transitioning to recovery operations as families begin to return home. Last night, more than 20 shelters across the state remained open to serve those still displaced due to the storm. So far in South Carolina, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 700 Red Crossers and 10 emergency response vehicles that have provided nearly 14,000 overnight shelter stays, more than 5,000 meals and snacks, and had more than 1,600 health services contacts.
“In the aftermath of the hurricane, there are areas still without power and roads threatened by floods,” said Louise Welch Williams, CEO for the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross. “We are working with the entire response community to make sure 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
Williamsburg - Kingstree Rec Center, 375 Nelson Blvd., Kingstree
Hemingway - Hemingway High School, 401 S. Main St., Hemingway
Beaufort - Battery Creek HS, 1 Blue Dolphin DR., Beaufort
Bluffton - 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
Lake City - 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
Mullins - Palmetto Middle School, 127 Northside Avenue, Mullins
Marlboro - Marlboro HS, 951 Fayetteville Ave., Bennettsville
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.
SAFE AND WELL
Remember to update your Safe and Well status to let your friends and family know that you are safe and where you will be staying if you are unable to return home. Safe and Well is a free program that helps individuals keep in contact with their loved ones during a disaster. Visit safeandwell.org for more information or to register.
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.