Hurricane Florence is gone but her devastating effects continue in the Carolinas where dangerous flooding is still occurring, forcing more people to leave their homes. Officials say it could be weeks before the flooding ends. Thousands of American Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, providing food, shelter, relief supplies and other services.
Monday night, nearly 2,000 people stayed in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in the Carolinas. This included approximately 1,750 people in 27 shelters in North Carolina; more than 200 people in 9 shelters in South Carolina. In total, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 109,700 overnight stays in emergency shelters across the Carolinas. The Red Cross has provided about 91 percent of these stays.
Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 656,900 meals and snacks.
Volunteers from partner organizations are cooking hot meals at 15 kitchens. These meals are being served at shelters or from more than 100 Red Cross food trucks circulating through affected neighborhoods. Since September 11, more than 5 million weather alerts have been sent through Red Cross apps to help people make lifesaving decisions.
Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 22,600 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. We’ve also distributed more than 89,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes.
Today, more than 3,200 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country are helping to shelter, feed and support people affected.
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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.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit them on Twitter at @RedCross.