- Published on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:00
- Written by Super User
The American Red Cross has been helping residents recover after tornadoes struck 12 counties in NC damaging and destroying hundreds of homes. Since Friday, volunteers have met with dozens of families, handed out supplies, and served more than 1,000 meals in snacks.
In the hardest hit counties of Beaufort, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank over 60 Red Cross workers from around the region are providing support where it is needed most. Red Cross emergency response vehicles are driving through these areas handing out supplies and meeting with residents to determine their needs and discuss disaster recovery planning for the weeks and months ahead. Today, the focus will be getting tarps and clean up supplies to people with damaged homes in advance of rain and bad weather expected to hit eastern NC throughout the week. Many homes remain without power and the Red Cross will also be delivering meals, water and snacks to the affected communities.
“We want to make sure our community members affected by these tornadoes get the help they need,” said Lynwood Roberson, Regional Executive CEO for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross. “Not only are we here to provide food and supplies but we’re here to support the emotional well-being our residents by providing an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on.”
One shelter remains open in Beaufort County at Snowd Branch Church of God (3283 VOA Rd, Washington). Anyone in need of assistance should call 1-800 RED CROSS. The work of the American Red Cross is made possible by the generosity of volunteers and donors. All disaster assistance is provided free to anyone who has experienced a disaster to meet their immediate emergency needs. Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be sent by mail to a local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross via P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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 @RedCrossENC.