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:
“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:
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.
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