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American Red Cross opens shelters during cold weather

SC (News Release) - As temperatures are dropping following the snow, sleet, and freezing rain that hit South Carolina, the American Red Cross is working with county emergency management offices in multiple counties to open shelters and is prepared to open additional shelters if requested.

The shelters open, as of 5 p.m. today, are:

HARTSVILLE, SC 29550

TB Thomas Gym

701 West Washington Street

MULLINS, SC 29574

Mullins City Fire Department

161 Northeast Front Street

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. It's also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.

An easy way to find an open shelter is to download the free Red Cross Shelter Finder App. The app displays open Red Cross shelters on an easy to use map interface and is updated every 30 minutes. http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/shelter-finder-app.

In South Carolina, the American Red Cross, on average, responds to a disaster every four hours. Because of volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the Red Cross was able to help more than 7,000 individuals affected by disasters in South Carolina last year.

To help neighbors affected by disasters become a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial contribution to Red Cross by calling 864-271-8222 or visiting www.redcross.org/upstateSC.

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