Red Cross Opening Shelters in Pee Dee

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter

FLORENCE, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 12 – In response to power loss impacting the Pee Dee, the Red Cross, in conjunction with local county emergency management offices, has opened two emergency shelters tonight. The shelters are located at Marion High School at 1205 S. Main Street in Marion and Dillon High School is located at 1730 U.S. 301 in Dillon.

The overnight shelters will remain open as long as there is a need.

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to an emergency shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, 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 a shelter near you download the free shelter app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps or on iTunes. The app is updated every 30 minutes when a shelter is open. People can also visit http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter.

The Red Cross Pee Dee Chapter needs the support of the community to provide assistance to families impacted by the winter storm. Anyone interested in supporting the Pee Dee Chapter, can make a financial contribution by calling 843-662-8121 or mailing a check to 1601A West Lucas Street, Florence, S.C., 29501.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 700 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since Jan. 1, 2014.  On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.  The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit Redcross.org.