Volunteers from Around North Carolina Respond to Hurricane Arthur

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We have been preparing to respond to this storm since early this week, and our volunteers are ready to assist where they are needed.

Red Cross volunteers from across central and eastern North Carolina are responding to Hurricane Arthur by providing shelter, food, comfort and hope to families affected by the storm.

Thirteen shelters were opened across the coastal area, providing shelter for more than 200 residents and visitors to the coast, to escape the heavy rain and winds that reached up to 100 miles per hour.

Since before the storm made landfall the Red Cross has:

  • Opened and supported 13 evacuation shelters that provided more than 250 nights of shelter.
  • Mobilized 6 Emergency Response Vehicles to deliver meals, water, snacks and relief supplies in the most damaged areas.
  • Served over 1800 meals and snacks to families affected by the storm.
  • Delivered more than 500 clean up kits and hygiene kits.
  • Deployed dozens of volunteers from throughout North Carolina.
  • “In the days and weeks to come, volunteers around eastern North Carolina will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the hurricane get back on their feet,” said Barry Porter, Chief Executive for central and eastern North Carolina. “Along with our partners, the Red Cross will work to determine where help is needed and begin mobile feeding, distribution of relief supplies, and emotional support to those affected by the storm.”

    The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in affected areas to stay safer:

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid damaged areas as your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of tornadoes.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Carry a map to help you route around heavy traffic or impassable roads.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Avoid using candles. If you must use candles take extreme care. Keep candles away from any combustible materials. Place candles out of reach of children or pets. Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Candles lit and left unattended lead to a large number of single family fires and fire deaths.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Telephone lines are frequently overwhelmed in disaster situations. They need to be kept clear for emergency calls to get through.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep all your animals under your direct control. Your pets may be able to escape from your home or through a broken fence. Pets may become disoriented, particularly because tornadoes and the heavy rains that accompany them will usually affect scent markers that normally allow animals to find their homes.
  • Let your Family Know You Are Safe

    The American Red Cross encourages all those affected by this disaster to register on the Safe and Well website. This easy-to-use tool, available at www.redcross.org/safeandwell, allows concerned loved ones all across the country to search for registrants’ posted messages, to see that they are safe.

    After going to the Safe and Well site, registrants can click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” option. They will be asked for their pre-disaster address and phone number. Then they can select from a list of standard messages the ones that best describe their status. Choices include such messages as “I am safe and well,” “Currently at shelter,” and “Will make phone calls when able.”

    Concerned family members and friends who want to check on the status of a loved one can choose the “Search” option on the Safe and Well site. They enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number or address. If their loved one has registered, they will be able to see their message. Note that the Safe and Well website safeguards the registrant’s privacy. Standard messages are enough to provide peace of mind, but the site does not reveal a registrant’s specific location or contact information.

    The Safe and Well website is also available in Spanish at www.sanoysalvo.org. People without access to a computer, without electricity, or in need of help from an interpreter can call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register. Family members outside the disaster-impacted area can register an evacuee as soon as they hear from them, to reassure other concerned loved ones.

    With one registration on the Safe and Well website, a person displaced by disaster can provide peace of mind to many loved ones. This also helps ease congestion on public and cellular telephone systems and reduces the burden on emergency responders. As the nation’s partner in emergency preparedness and response, the American Red Cross provides this tool to help those whose lives have been affected by disaster. The Safe and Well website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Families are encouraged to make the website part of their disaster preparedness planning.

    Dial TDD 1-800-526-1417 for the hearing impaired.