The Red Cross and community partners are providing mass care, feeding and additional client services in communities facing the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Recovery needs are particularly great in the coastal counties of Volusia, Flagler and Brevard where flooding and power outages have been significant.
“The Red Cross is working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to make sure people get the help they need,” said Linda Jorge Carbone, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of Central Florida. “On the Space Coast, where coastal flooding and power outages remain a concern, we’re focused on sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, and other client service needs.”
RED CROSS RESPONSE. Overnight, more than 440 people were served in 21 shelters across Florida. Within the Central Florida region, two shelters are open for service in partnership with local relief agencies.
• Shelters (serving food and water):
o First United Methodist Church, 115 E. Howry Ave, DeLand (Volusia County)
o New Location - Church of the Rock, 2200 N. State, Bunnell (Flagler County)
In addition to the shelters, a number of feeding routes and several fixed locations have been established, serving hot lunch and dinner.
• Mobile feeding locations:
o Volusia: Oakhill; Deltona (Providence Blvd. area); Ormond Beach (along A1A)
o Flagler: Magnolia Road, Palm Coast; Beverly Beach; Bunnell (3600 Canal Ave.)
o Brevard: Titusville (Bay Towers area)
• Fixed feeding locations in Flagler County are available at:
o Flagler County Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137
o Adult Education - A1A Center, 5633 N. Highway A1A, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
o Palm Coast Town Center, 975 N Central Ave; Palm Coast, Florida 32164
o Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd, Bunnell, FL 32110
In addition, 20 emergency response vehicles are conducting supply routes in Volusia and Flagler counties with items like water, ready-to-eat meals, shelter and kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies and comfort kits, insect repellant, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, coolers and more. Ten disaster assessment teams are also covering the coastal areas with additional teams anticipated for interior areas.
To date for Hurricane Matthew, throughout the state of Florida, more than 27,000 individuals have registered in more than 100 American Red Cross, partner, and independently managed shelters. The American Red Cross has served more than 51,000 meals and snacks in partnership with local vendors and partner relief agencies.
POWER OUTAGES. Approximately 4 percent of Florida customers are without power at this time. The Red Cross has online resources available to help customers with food and water safety during power outages and floods. Visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/food-safety.
Remember: never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside any partially enclosed area. The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity or heat are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock, and fire. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location. Call for help and remain there until emergency personnel arrive.
EMERGENCY APP. The FREE Red Cross Emergency App provides real time safety information on your mobile device, including shelter locations. The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross, text GETEMERGENCY to 90999 or go to redcross.org/apps.
MAKE A DONATION. The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
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.