NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., October 14, 2016 – More than a week ago Hurricane Matthew devastated many residents of South Carolina, leaving them without food and shelter. This has been even more overwhelming for some families that were also impacted by flooding more just a year ago.
"Disaster fatigue is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual, family or community is faced with a string of crises, as in the case of the neighborhoods of South Carolina who have had storm after storm and flood after flood," says Louise Welch Williams, Regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. "The emotional strain around having to rebuild lives is difficult enough the first time, but doing it over again compounds the stress."
The families who come to the Red Cross are dealing with the challenges in different ways. Often people under stress feel physically and mentally drained and get frustrated more quickly and more often. But there are some things people can do to cope with events over which they have no control:
The Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina continues.
FIND A SHELTER
The Red Cross and its partners have shelters across South Carolina for residents who are evacuating from the coastal areas. These shelters provide a safe, place for people to stay until they are able to safely return home:
Beaufort - Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC
Williamsburg - Kingstree Recreation Center, 375 Nelson Blvd., Kingstree, SC
Horry - Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2105 Hwy 501 East, Conway, SC
Florence - Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1300 Second Loop Road, Florence, SC
Dillon/Marion - National Guard Armory, 1018 Gilcrest Street, Mullens, SC
ENJOY A HOT MEAL
Meals are provided free of charge at the following locations and times:
MAKE A DONATION
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or text “RedCross” 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
We strongly encourage eligible donors unaffected by the storm to please give blood or platelets now to help ensure we have a readily available blood supply for patients in need. Appointments can be made using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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