Phoenix, Arizona (September 23, 2018) Over a week after landfall, the American Red Cross is working around the clock to do all it can to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of Hurricane Florence even as flooding continues. Hurricane Florence made landfall early on September 14 as a Category 1 storm just south of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Florence set tropical storm rainfall records in two states, surpassing 20 inches in South Carolina and 35 inches in North Carolina.
As of September 20th, more than 3,900 people stayed in 59 Red Cross and community shelters in the Carolinas. This included approximately 3,700 people in 41 shelters in North Carolina; more than 200 people in 14 shelters in South Carolina. More than 3,300 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country are helping to shelter, feed and support people affected across three states. In partnership with the Southern Baptists, the Red Cross is planning to serve some 100,000 meals per day.
We’ve distributed more than 8,800 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes. Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 11,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. In total, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 100,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters across the Carolinas and Virginia. The Red Cross has provided about 91 percent of these stays.
American Red Cross SW Region have deployed 90+ volunteers and staff from all around our Region.
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 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 us on Twitter at @RedCross.