The Red Cross Responds to Severe Weather from the Mountains to the Coast of NC

RALEIGH, N.C., April 30, 2014 — From the mountains to the coast, The American Red Cross is responding to severe weather impacting North Carolinians.
From tornadoes to flooding the Red Cross in Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington/Rocky Mount, Greensboro, and Raleigh have responded to assist residents reeling and many have lost so much. After another round of severe weather, Red Cross workers were again called to action, this time in the areas of Wilson, Cumberland and Pitt counties where homes sustained damage from wind and rain. 
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Smith Recreation Center located at 1520 Slater Avenue, in Fayetteville, and with more impending severe weather, Beaufort County has declared a state of emergency and has put a shelter on standby beginning at 3 p.m. at PS Jones Middle School at 4105 N Market St Ext, in Washington.
The Red Cross asks anyone staying in a shelter to bring essential items for each member of the family including prescriptions and emergency medications; identification; extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items; supplies needed for children/infants, such as diapers, formula and toys; and special items needed for elderly or disabled.
The Red Cross continues to feed, distribute supplies and meet with families to provide direct financial assistance to those most heavily impacted. In Beaufort, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank counties the relief operation continues as residents rebuild and recover from the storms.  The Red Cross continues to feed, distribute supplies and meet with families to provide direct financial assistance to those most heavily impacted.
In Buncombe County the Red Cross is assisting 33 people affected by flooding and is providing temporary lodging, clothing and replacement medications. Also due to flooding, the Red Cross has opened a shelter at Rescue Squad Building 1902 S. Tarboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893.
Since Friday the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross has:
·         Served 4,000 meals and snacks.
·         Distributed 200 supplies including blankets, comfort kits with hygiene items, clean up kits, and tarps.
·         Provided assistance to 44 families, 105 residents including direct financial assistance.
·         Mobilized more than 100 disaster workers.
List of Red Cross Shelters:
Rescue Squad Building 1902 S. Tarboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893
Smith Recreation Center located at 1520 Slater Avenue, in Fayetteville, NC 28301
Stand by: Jones Middle School at 4105 N Market St Ext, in Washington, NC 27889
Every eight minutes the American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by disasters big and small. You can help people affected by this disaster by making a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org to donate. Also people can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
The Red Cross continues to urge residents to prepare their homes and families for severe weather byupdating their family disaster plan and downloading any of the free Red Cross apps including the flood app and tornado app available at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, or visitwww.redcross.org/mobileapps to download. These apps feature an “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay and find the location of Red Cross shelters.
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 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 visit us on Twitter at @redcross
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