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Important information regarding Hurricane Matthew:

East TN Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Matthew

Contact: Scott Toncray

Telephone: (407) 375-2770

scott.toncray2@redcross.org

FOR MEDIA ONLY

KNOXVILLE – Oct. 7, 2016 – The Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross has deployed 55 people and eight emergency response vehicles to assist evacuation shelters open now in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The chapter is supporting a massive sheltering operation in response to Hurricane Matthew with more than 27,000 people seeking refuge in almost 200 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters across three states Thursday night. This included 133 shelters in Florida with more than 22,000 people; 18 shelters in Georgia with more than 2,100 people; and 47 shelters in South Carolina with more than 2,500 people.

 

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can visit redcross.org, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048.Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. They should also include any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.

VOLUNTEER

You can make a difference by volunteering with the American Red Cross. We’ll find the position that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. To learn more about becoming a Red Cross Volunteer – please visit redcross.org/volunteer. From there you will submit an application which takes approximately ten minutes to complete, create a profile, and within minutes we will be in touch or call Kristin Manuel at (865) 584-2999.

DISASTER TRAINING

The East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting volunteer training classes for community members interested in potentially deploying for two weeks on:

Shelter Fundamentals and Exercise on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Logistics Overview on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Shelter Fundamentals on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
For more information about volunteer classes, contact Kendra Taylor at (865) 584-2999.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP

Everyone should also download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts and information on what to do in the case of a hurricane and other emergencies. The app also displays shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

MAKE A DONATION

Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 

VIDEO

B-roll: https://vimeo.com/americanredcross/review/185977476/fd4dd139ec

Shelter video from FL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQMbWzyBtV0&feature=youtu.be

 

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.