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Red Cross recommends tips on flood safety

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and follow all recommendations from local authorities."

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:

  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • 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

    Dillon County

  • 12:30 & 5:30 - Lakeview Community Center, 205 N. Main St., Lakeview, SC
  • 12:30 & 5:30 - Outreach Community Church, 136 Pee Dee Church Rd, Dillon, SC
  • Marion County

    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.

    DONATE BLOOD

    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.