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Red Cross Responds to Devastating Floods in West Virginia

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RALEIGH – June 27, 2016 — The American Red Cross is responding to devastating flooding in West Virginia that has rendered hundreds homeless. 

Crews from the Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross traveled to West Virginia over the weekend and are helping those affected by the storm. 

Currently, thousands of people are without power and gas service and as many as 60 roads are closed because of flooding and flood damage. There are nearly 20 Red Cross and community shelters open across the affected counties where hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding. 

Red Cross workers are providing meals, relief supplies and other assistance to those affected, as well as meals for first responders. Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope. Health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials and partners to help ensure people get the help they need. 

“We have 14 volunteers from the Eastern North Carolina Region on the scene in West Virginia,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “In times of crisis, the Red Cross comes together to make sure people get the help they need.”

HOW TO HELP This is a large relief response and the Red Cross needs the public’s support now. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding, and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. 

SAFE AND WELL People can register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website so loved ones can see their situation. Those who can’t access a computer can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and a Red Cross operator can help them register. They can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website or visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell on their smart phone and click on the “List Yourself as Safe and Well” or “Search for friends and family” link. 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding, wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Important Red Cross flood safety information is found here.

CORPORATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.

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.