Local Red Cross ready to assist those affected by Irene

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Now that Hurricane Irene is no longer a threat to South Carolina, Red Cross staff and volunteers have prepared to respond to deployment requests by affected Red Cross Regions along the East Coast. Louise Welch Williams, CEO, Charleston, SC Region, has deployed to Virginia. Pat Bos, disaster trained volunteer has also deployed to Virginia to help maintain the Red Cross fleet of Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV).

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Irene all along the eastern seaboard. Hundreds of people sought refuge in Red Cross shelters in North Carolina and Maryland. The Red Cross has additional shelters open in Delaware, New Jersey and New York where residents have been encouraged to evacuate. Additional shelters in other affected states will be opening as the storm moves up the coast.

The Red Cross encourages individuals to register on the Safe and Well website. Safe and Well helps people let friends and family know where they are and that they are safe. Individuals can also call a family member or friend who has internet access and ask them to register them. Register at www.redcross.org.

If you would like to support the Red Cross Disaster Relief, please click, text or call to donate. Your gift brings hope to those in need. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be sent to the American Red Cross, Charleston, SC Region, 8085 Rivers Ave., Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406.