Red Cross asking people to take precautions when returning home

Red Cross asking people to take precautions when returning home

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Red Cross officials are asking Lowcountry residents to take precautions when returning to their home following Hurricane Matthew.

"As you prepare to return home after evacuating for Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross wants you to stay safe while inspecting and cleaning up the damage to your home," Red Cross officials said.

"The danger of a hurricane may have passed, but the Red Cross wants to make sure people are safe as they resume their normal activities," says Louise Welch Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross. "We know that returning to your home can be a difficult time, but the Red Cross is here to make sure you have the assistance and support that you need."

Before traveling, ensure local officials have declared that it is safe to enter your community and that you have the supplies you will need.

Items the Red Cross says you may need when returning include:

  • Government issued photo ID with proof of address
  • Important phone numbers
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods
  • First aid kit
  • Cleanser / hand cleaning gel for personal use
  • Hygiene products and toilet paper
  • Insect repellant and sun screen
  • Long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy waterproof boots and work gloves
  • Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries
  • Camera for photos of damage for insurance claims

For more information on returning home, repairing your flooded home, food and water safety, power outage checklist, taking care of your emotional health after disaster, helping children cope with disaster and many more resources please visit

If you are in need of safe place to sleep tonight, the Red Cross and its partners are operating the following shelters:


Al Cannon Detention Center

3841 Leeds Ave.

North Charleston


Battery Creek HS

1 Blue Dolphin DR


Bluffton HS

12 H.E. McCracken Cir



Beach Church

557 George Bishop Pkwy

Myrtle Beach


South Florence HS

3200 Irby Street


Lake City HS

652 N. Matthews Road

Lake City

Wilson Middle School

1411 East Old Marion



Dillon Middle School

1803 Joan Drive



Marion HS

1205 South Main Street


Palmetto Middle School

127 Northside Avenue



Marlboro HS

951 Fayetteville Ave


If you need to find a shelter, you can visit, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048.

The Red Cross, in partnership with other organizations, is providing shelter and meals as long as necessary while people are continuing to struggle with damage to their homes and power outages.  So far we have provided over 16,000 overnight shelter stays for members of the community and provided in excess of 51,000 meals and snacks.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.

Information provided by the Red Cross.