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Red Cross distributing flood victim kits Wednesday

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 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The American Red Cross is working side-by-side with the community and partners to provide safe shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to people in need.
 
According to the Red Cross, more than 1,000  workers, 56 response vehicles and shelter and relief supplies for 5,000 people have been mobilized for disaster relief. As many as 300 people spent Monday night in 10 Red Cross and community shelters where they found a safe and dry place to sleep, food to eat, health services and emotional support.
 
Since the flooding began, the Red Cross has worked with community partners to serve more than 92,000 meals and snacks, hand out more than 52,000 relief items, and provide more than 2,400 health and mental health services. Red Cross caseworkers also are meeting one-on-one with people to help them plan their recovery and connect them with resources.
 
The Red Cross and its partners are distributing comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, as well as cleaning supplies such as tarps, flashlights, trash bags, shovels, rakes, bleach, work gloves and other items. Information about additional Red Cross services will also be available.
 
The following sites are open Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.:
 
Charleston County
Morris Street Baptist Church
25 Morris Street, Charleston, SC 29403
 
Georgetown County
Davis Aviation
184 Wire Road, Andrews, SC 29510
 
St. Paul’s Church
2569 Powell Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440
 
Williamsburg County
CE Murray High Old Gymnasium
222 CE Murray Blvd., Greeleyville, SC 29506
 
Central Fire Station
893 F. Guery Rd., Kingstree, SC 29556
 
Dept of Social Services
831 N. Eastland Ave., Kingstree, SC 29556
 
Chavis One Stop
2811 Hwy 41/51, Hemingway, SC 29554
 
St Lawrence Community Center
5321 US Hwy 521, Salters, SC 29590
 
The following sites are open Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Clarendon County
Summerton Baptist Church       
215 East Main Street, Summerton, SC 29148
 
Orangeburg County
Cope Volunteer Fire Department                                                                               
4216 Canaan Bridge Road, Cope, SC  29038
 
Richland County
Old Marwin Warehouse
1709 Atlas Road, Columbia SC 29209
 
Sumter County
Bethesda Church of God
2730 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 29151
 
The Red Cross is offering the following safety reminders:

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use. Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

HOW TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS
The Red Cross only accepts large, bulk donations of new items if they are suitable to the needs of a specific disaster. We do not accept small quantities or collections of new or used products, like household goods, clothing or food. The Red Cross works closely with local community groups and organizations that do accept in-kind donations. Please visit nvoad.org for a list of organizations accepting in-kind donations.
 
GIVE BLOOD NOW
The severe flooding has forced the cancellation Red Cross blood drives in South Carolina causing about hundreds of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. As flooded roadways and power outages continue, additional blood drives may be cancelled in the coming days. All eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by flooding are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood.

People affected by flooding can call the Red Cross Disaster Assistance Hotline at 855-773-3173 for information and how to connect with resources.
 
To make a donation visit redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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