NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., October 15, 2016 – Many residents are starting to return home and start the cleanup efforts while other community members are watching the rivers to determine if they will need to evacuate to shelters. This has been an unfortunate 1 – 2 punch for many people who struggle to deal with this continuing event.
"Please be careful while cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew and take time to monitor your own health. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and take breaks to eat." says Louise Welch Williams, Regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. "Continue to maintain awareness of conditions around you and be prepared to seek shelter if appropriate."
Two applications you should consider downloading to you smart phone are our First Aid App, which provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies, and our Emergency App, an all-inclusive app that lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe. These, and other Red Cross apps, can be found at your App Store or Google Play.
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
Horry - Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2105 Hwy 501 East, Conway, SC
Horry - Grand Strand Church of Christ, 2212 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach, CS
Florence - Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1300 Second Loop Road, Florence, SC
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:
Sunday, October 16th
12:30 & 5:30 - Kingstree Recreation Center – 423 School Street, Kingstree, SC
12:30 & 5:30 - Hemmingway Fire Department, 110 Main Street, Hemmingway, SC
MAKE A DONATION
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redress.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.