The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Florence as the threat from the devastating storm continues.
The storm is still bringing extremely dangerous flooding to the affected region and getting help into some areas will be difficult for some time. More than 1,100 roads remain closed due to flooding, including a large stretch of I-95 and I-40 and road conditions are expected to worsen. The Red Cross is doing everything we can, including working with partners like the National Guard, to move volunteers and supplies to critical areas.
Disasters are upsetting and difficult experiences for everyone involved. For people in the path of this storm who may have been affected by other disasters, this is a particularly stressful time. So many have had to leave their homes and belongings behind and are worried about what their future will bring. The Red Cross is prepared to support those affected and asks for patience as the entire disaster response team – federal, state and local – works together to get everyone the help they need.
WHAT THE RED CROSS IS DOING Monday night, more than 11,700 people sought refuge in 114 Red Cross and community shelters. This included approximately 11,500 people in 105 shelters in North Carolina, and 284 people in 9 shelters in South Carolina. In total, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 82,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters.
Working with partners, the Red Cross has served 178,200 meals and snacks. Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 7,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. We’ve also distributed more than 2,600 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes. Since September 11, more than 4.5 million weather alerts have been sent through Red Cross apps to help people make lifesaving decisions.
About 3,100 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been mobilized to help shelter, feed and support people affected by Florence. The Red Cross is also mobilizing more than 140 emergency response vehicles and more than 110 trailers of equipment and supplies, including ready-to-eat meals and enough cots and blankets for more than 100,000 people.
We’re also working with the Southern Baptists to deploy multiple field kitchens that can together produce 170,000 meals per day.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD Nearly 200 blood drives have been forced to cancel through this week due to Hurricane Florence, resulting in over 5,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
The Red Cross urges people in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to care for patients in the Southeast and throughout the country. There is a critical need for platelet and type O blood donations. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross has launched a massive response to this disaster and depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
CORPORATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.
ADGP $1 Million members are: Adelson Family Foundation; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Anthem Foundation; Bank of America; Brown & Brown Insurance; Caterpillar Foundation; The Clorox Company; ConocoPhillips; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Grainger; The Home Depot Foundation; LDS Charities; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; New Balance Foundation and New Balance Athletics; PepsiCo Foundation; State Farm; Verizon; VSP Global; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and The Walt Disney Company.
ADGP $500,000 members are: 21st Century Fox; Altria Group; AmazonSmile; American Express; Aon; Capital One; CBS Corporation; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation; Discover; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company; General Motors; Humble Bundle; IBM Corporation; International Paper; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; LabCorp; Medtronic Foundation; Meijer; Merck Foundation; Mondelēz International Foundation; Nissan; Procter & Gamble Company; PwC; Southwest Airlines; Target; Tata Consultancy Services; TD Ameritrade; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United Airlines; UPS; The USAA Foundation; The Wawa Foundation; and Wells Fargo.
Disaster Responder Program members are: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; AdvoCare International L.P.; Alliance Data; Assurant; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; AXA Equitable Life; The Ball Foundation; Barclays; BMW of North America; Boise Paper; CarMax; Choice Hotels International; Cox Automotive; DICK’S Sporting Goods; Duke Energy; Entergy Corporation; Farmers Insurance; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; HSBC Bank; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; The J.M. Smucker Company; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Mastercard; Morgan Stanley; Neiman Marcus Group; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Prudential Financial; Raytheon Company; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation; Ryder; SC Johnson; Southeastern Grocers Home of BI-LO Harveys Winn Dixie; Standard Textile; Stearns Bank; Toyota; U-Haul International; United Technologies Corporation; U.S. Bank; and Visa.