(GREENSBORO, N.C., April 15, 2018) – Working with emergency management partners, the American Red Cross serving the Piedmont Triad has opened a shelter in Guildford County for families impacted by today’s storms. Red Cross disaster trained responders have been mobilized to provide relief and comfort to families impacted.
“A shelter has been opened in Guilford County to provide safe refuge for anyone whose home may have been impacted by storms,” said John Hughes, executive director, Red Cross Piedmont Triad Chapter. “Our volunteers stand ready to respond should additional shelters or assistance be needed. Tornadoes and flooding are dangerous, damaging and can be deadly. We urge our neighbors to follow guidance from local emergency management officials.”
2010 Coliseum Blvd.
Greensboro, N.C. 27403
People may check shelter availability and whether a shelter is open on the Red Cross Emergency App. It may be downloaded in your mobile phone app store or you may text “GETEMERGENCY” to 90999.
The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:
• Prescriptions and emergency medications
• Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
• Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
• Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
• Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
• Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
• Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
• Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
WHAT TO DO AFTER A TORNADO
• Continue listening to local news 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.
• 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.
• Stay out of damaged buildings.
• Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings – do NOT use candles.
• If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
• Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
• Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
• Keep all your animals under your direct control.
• Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
• Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have 4 hours a month or 4 hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at redcross.org/volunteer.
The Red Cross is able to deploy resources where needed, and to provide services here at home thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross provide assistance to people impacted by disasters such as tornadoes, floods or home fires may donate at redcross.org/wnc, by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.