The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, meals, cleaning supplies, other items, and help and hope to those affected by last week’s flooding across West Virginia. The Red Cross is constantly working to assess and fulfill the needs of the communities. More than 400 Red Cross workers from West Virginia and across country continue to support Red Cross shelter, staff distribution sites, and transport bulk items such as cleaning supplies and hygiene items to the neighborhoods where flooding occurred.
“Red Cross volunteers throughout the country have answered the call to help West Virginians in need,” said Erica Mani, Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Region. “They are delivering help and hope by providing shelter, food to eat and other vital services.” As of last night, Red Cross facilitated the delivery of more than 17,000 meals and 12,000 snacks, distributed more than 5,000 cleanup kits that contain cleaning supplies, more than 2,000 comfort kits containing hygiene items and 36,000 other essential items. “The Red Cross will be here for the days, weeks and months to come just as we are serving all of our communities, each and every day,” Mani said.
For anyone impacted by the devastating flooding please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcross.org for assistance. Those affected should let friends and relatives know that they are safe by updating their social media accounts or registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, www.redcross.org/safeandwell, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Concerned family and friends can also search the list of those who have registered themselves on the site. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.
Many families have lost their homes and everything they own in this flooding. People can donate to those affected in the West Virginia Floods by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word WVFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to West Virginia Floods enable the Red Cross to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from these disasters.
People are encouraged to download the Red Cross Emergency App for real time weather alerts, shelter locations and recovery resources. The App includes a “Family Safe” feature that allows people to check on loved ones and instantly see if they are okay – even if that person hasn’t downloaded the App. The Emergency App is available for free in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.