Seven local Red Cross volunteers head to California to help those impacted by wildfires

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — As fast-moving wildfires threaten thousands of homes and businesses throughout Southern California, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross is quickly mobilizing to help.

Seven local volunteers are deploying to southern California Wednesday and Thursday. They will be assisting with a large sheltering effort unfolding in California. As many as 240 people spent Monday night in Red Cross shelters. The organization will continue to mobilize personnel and supplies to help those in need.

We expect to see additional South Carolina Red Cross disaster workers deployed in the coming days.

“In less than 24 hours, our volunteers stepped in to help those impacted by the horrific wildfires in Southern California,” said Louise Welch Williams regional CEO of the Palmetto SC Region. “This has been an unprecedented year for disasters, but we remain dedicated to preventing and alleviating human suffering.”

To stay connected to loved ones impacted by the wildfires, go to The site is always available, open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876.

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