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Red Cross Sheltering and Providing Meals, Clean-Up Supplies throughout West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, WV, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016 — The American Red Cross continues to assist those affected by last week’s devastating flooding across West Virginia. Currently, the response includes operating shelters and providing cleaning supplies, meals, snacks, water and hope. The Red Cross response will continue to increase as additional community needs become evident. Over four hundred Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground helping the thousands of people impacted.

Red Cross workers from all over the state and country continue to support Red Cross shelters open throughout the affected areas of Fayette, Kanawha, Greenbrier, Nicholas and Roane Counties. Over 350 individuals stayed in Red Cross shelters on Sunday night. Disaster health volunteers are also helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The Red Cross has also distributed over 10,000 meals and snacks. “At this time, the primary focus of the Red Cross is providing for immediate needs, such as shelter and food, to those affected,” said Erica Mani, Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Region. “As the situation unfolds, we are beginning to provide other services such as distributing cleaning items. We will continue to be here for our friends and neighbors, just as we always have been, in the coming weeks.”

Clean-up kits, which include items like bleach, mops, buckets, and garbage bags, are being delivered to these impacted areas with more supplies being delivered to more communities in the coming days. To date, the Red Cross has distributed nearly 2,000 kits throughout West Virginia. 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. In the coming days, Red Cross caseworkers will be meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans and identify additional resources. HOW TO HELP 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.

“We need the public’s support now,” said Mani. “Entire families have lost their homes and everything they own to these floodwaters. The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by this disaster and other emergencies big and small.”

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.

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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.