Two weeks after Severe Storms, Red Cross Has Helped Over 500 People; Over 10,200 Meals and Snacks served

Red Cross S.C.April 27, 2020 – Disaster-trained team members with the American Red Cross of South Carolina have helped over 500 people after strong storms and multiple tornadoes hit parts of South Carolina on April 13th.

The Red Cross of South Carolina:
• Have helped over 500 people impacted
• Had over 2,400 overnight shelter stays in hotels across the state.
• Served over 10,200 meals and snacks
• Made over 800 Disaster Health and Mental Health contacts

We are currently still sheltering 110 people in hotels across the state and the case work emphasis has shifted to helping those families transition from the hotels to more permanent housing solutions. In some cases, this includes providing financial assistance to families to overcome barriers to finding that housing solution. In addition, we are providing home kits containing various household items like cleaning supplies, paper products etc, to clients staying in the hotels. To date, our teams have completed over 1,000 damage assessments.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our response is adjusted but our mission remains the same. We are conducting a large portion of our response virtually.

HOW TO HELP Help people affected by disasters and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC

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