Disaster-trained team members with the American Red Cross of South Carolina are helping dozens of people after strong storms, several tornadoes and heavy rain ripped through parts of South Carolina on Monday.
The Red Cross, along with its partners, are working to identify areas that were impacted and those that will need assistance. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our response will be adjusted but our mission remains the same. Our teams are in the process of identifying appropriate lodging in order to house the impacted individuals and have begun mobile damage assessment.
At this time, we are unsure of the total number of people that will need help.
“First, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that was impacted by Monday’s storms. The damage in many communities is extensive,” said Louise Welch-Williams, the Regional CEO of the Red Cross of South Carolina. “Our teams are already busy working to identify and help those that need it across the state. This certainly is a challenging time in our state, but we will get through this together.
After a tornado or severe storm damage
- Let friends and family know you’re safe
- If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions
- Stay out of damaged buildings
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the local utility company immediately.
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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 www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC