MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., October 16, 2016 – As rivers crest over the next two days, residents in affected areas need to be vigilant of rising waters and the dangers they represent.
"Safety is paramount in a flood situation." says Louise Welch Williams, Regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. "Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and follow all recommendations from local authorities."
The following are some tips for flood safety:
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:
Monday, October 17th
12:30 & 5:30 - National Guard Armory, 1018 Gilcrest Street, Mullens, SC
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.