Hurricane Matthew has begun its trek up the South Carolina coast and is sending rain, storm surge and wind all the way into the central portions of the state. Last night, 6,300 people found shelter in 63 evacuation shelters that the American Red Cross and its partners are supporting in South Carolina.
“Working with its partners, we prepositioned trained volunteers, response vehicles and trailer loads of supplies in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, but now is the time for folks to stay safe and listen to emergency officials,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the Palmetto SC region of the Red Cross. “The storm surge, intense winds and heavy rain from Matthew could cause widespread devastation and recovery challenges that can’t be handled by just one organization. This is a time for neighbors and communities to come together and support one another—and the Red Cross is proud to be one of many organizations providing help.”
People affected by Hurricane Matthew and needing help can contact the Red Cross at 1-800-768-8048.
Safe & Well provides a central location for people in disaster areas to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information. Use the Safe & Well website to let loved ones know where you are staying during Hurricane Matthew and that you are ok after the storm passes.
The Red Cross wants people to continue to take precautions after the storm passes to keep them and their families safe.
• Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
• Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
• If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
• Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
• Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
• Stay out of any building that has water around it.
• Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
• Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
• Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
• Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
• Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
• Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
• Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.