(ASHEVILLE, N.C. – June 2, 2018) – The American Red Cross will have 2 trucks in the Old Fort area Saturday staffed with volunteers and stocked with emergency supplies that people may need to clean-up their homes. Volunteers will be going door-to-door along the Catawba River area from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. distributing the free supplies to families impacted by the storms who may need them. Trucks will be out again Sunday with locations to be determined.
In addition, 3 teams of disaster trained volunteers will be assessing damage to homes in Buncombe and McDowell Counties to help determine needs in those areas to assist in recovery planning efforts.
“As people start cleaning up their homes, we hope they’ll remain vigilant to changing weather conditions and take precautions to be safe. Water damage and unstable grounds can be dangerous,” said Alli Trask, executive director, Red Cross Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter. “The storm may be behind us but the road of recovery is ahead and long,”
Nearly 100 Red Cross disaster workers from across the Red Cross Western North Carolina Region have been running shelters, staffing resource centers, serving meals and distributing supplies.
During the past 2 weeks of the response to floods and mudslides, the Red Cross provided shelter support to 267 people, at one point staffing 6 shelters overnight. Red Cross volunteers have also served nearly 1,300 meals and snacks and distributed nearly 600 disaster emergency supplies. Red Cross nurses have treated 138 people.
HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross depends on volunteers and donations to respond to these disasters. Those interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer can sign up online at redcross.org/volunteer. To make a donation, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.