Red Cross Deploys Volunteers to Support in Aftermath NC Tornado

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CHARLESTON, S.C. April 28, 2014 – The American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region is deploying three volunteers to support the ongoing recovery after Friday’s tornadoes in Eastern North Carolina. 

A volunteer will deploy today from Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry Chapter to serve as a logistics manager, and will join two volunteers are departing from the Coastal SC Chapter in Myrtle Beach who will drive Emergency Response Vehicles. The ERV is the most recognizable Red Cross vehicle and is commonly used after disasters to distribute water and hot meals. The three will report to Elizabeth City, N.C.

“Our hearts go out to those affected by Friday’s in North Carolina,” said Louise Welch Williams, chief executive officer of the Palmetto SC Region. “Our neighbors need some additional assistance after these devastating storms, and we are sending people to help and are prepared to send whatever resources they need to recover.” 

Every eight minutes the American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by disasters big and small. You can help people affected by disasters such as the tornadoes in North Carolina and Arkansas by making a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to donate. Also people can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. 

Severe weather can strike anytime and the Red Cross encourages everyone to have a plan. Please download the free Red Cross Tornado App from the Google Play Store for Android devices or from the app store for Apple. Please visit to learn how to prepare for a tornado and safety tips, and how to recover.
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,300 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since January 1. 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