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Red Cross and Partners Sheltering 2,700+ in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., October 7, 2016 – With more than 2,700 people in South Carolina seeking refuge from Hurricane Matthew in evacuation shelters last night, the American Red Cross and its partners are continuing to open shelters and welcome people being evacuated from the coast. The Red Cross has also activated their Safe and Well system for people to notify their loved ones that they are safe.

“We urge everyone in the storm’s path to evacuate and are working with our partners to provide a safe place for you and your family to stay until the storm passes,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross. “Hurricane Matthew could leave widespread devastation in its wake and untold amounts of need for food, shelter, and help. We are proud to stand alongside our partners to serve those in our community who are being affected by this storm.”

FIND A SHELTER

The Red Cross and its partners have opened evacuation shelters across South Carolina for residents who are evacuating from the coastal areas. These shelters provide a safe, dry place for people to stay until the storm passes and they are able to safely return home.

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. It's also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.

To find an open shelter, visit redcross.org or download the free Red Cross Emergency App.


DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP

Everyone should also download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts and information on what to do in the case of a hurricane and other emergencies. The app also displays shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

REGISTER SAFE & WELL

Safe & Well provides a central location for people in disaster areas to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information. Use the Safe & Well website to let loved ones know where you are staying during Hurricane Matthew and that you are ok after the storm passes.

MAKE A DONATION

Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org/donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text “RedCross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.

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/SC or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.

For media inquiries contact Jennifer M. Heisler at 843-412-0018 or jennifer.heisler@redcross.org.