Red Cross Helping People Clean Up and Begin Recovery

Water, Clean-Up Kits Being Distributed in North Charleston

The American Red Cross reminds families to prepare in case of winter home fire.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., September 1, 2015 – The American Red Cross continues to provide help for people affected by flooding in the Charleston area. Red Cross volunteers will be distributing clean-up kits with mops, buckets, bleach, trash bags, rakes, and more to help people whose homes were damaged during by the floods. The Red Cross will also be bringing snacks and water to residents.

All Red Cross assistance is free, and the clean-up kits, water, and snacks will be distributed via Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles in the following communities throughout the day today:

  • Charlestowne Village Mobile Home Park
  • Dorchester Village Apartments
  • Reserve at Ashley River Apartments

“The Red Cross is making sure that our neighbors affected by the recent flooding get the help they need,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.

STAY SAFE

With more rain forecasted over the holiday weekend, the Red Cross in encouraging Lowcountry residents to prepare now using the following tips.

  • Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • Because standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S.

We urge you to share these Red Cross tips with every member of your household so everyone can stay safe.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP

Download the Red Cross Emergency App for quick, expert advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. The app can help you locate an open shelter and includes a Spanish language toggle switch. It can be downloaded for free by visiting redcross.org/apps.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Help people affected by disasters like these floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate or call 843-764-2323. Contributions may also be sent to the Lowcountry SC Chapter of the Red Cross at 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC, 29406.

For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/sc or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.

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