Periods of Very Heavy Rainfall are Expected to Produce Flash Flooding

October 1, 2015

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The combination of storms and already soggy ground sets us up for widespread flooding.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area

 Knowing the difference between a Flood Watch and Flood Warning could actually Save Your Life!

Do you know the difference?

  • Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
  • Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.


The American Red Cross encourages everyone to get prepared now, before the storm begins by using three simple steps…

Make A Plan
Gather your family members around to develop your plan today.
*If you have children who attend school, make sure you are aware of the schools evacuation route.

Get A Kit      
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency, like:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person
  • Non – Perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • Extra Clothing and Blankets
  • Cell phones and Chargers
  • Money
  • Important Documents
  • Medications – 7 day supply
  • First Aid kits
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Rain Gear

For more information, please visit:

Stay Informed   
By watching the news and listening to the national weather reports to stay abreast of changing conditions.


Flood Safety Tips:                                                                                                                                                          
If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, you should be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary. Some safety steps to remember include:

  • Head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

Red Cross Emergency App offers the vital information you need to be prepared : To download search the American Red Cross Emergency App in the Apple App or Google Play Stores



September 14, 2015

The American Red Cross is recruiting Disaster Volunteers in the Mecklenburg County! Register today and become a Red Cross volunteer. Tamrah Charlotte

Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Annie Bynum Reflects Back on 9/11

September 11, 2015

As I reflect back on September 11, 2001 (9/11) I can remember getting that phone call from the Red Cross saying, “Annie we need you now in New York.” The next day, I was packed headed there with no hesitation.

I remember first coming into the city and feeling like I’d stepped into a war zone.  But the shocking reality was, I really had stepped into a war zone.  I see tragedy of this kind on television all the time, but to see it in person, in my own country, was absolutely mind-boggling.

But, we had no time to waste. It was very apparent the need for help. We started working immediately.  My first task was driving the Emergency Response vehicle.  We traveled the streets in the area, providing meals to any victims and responders we encountered. This seems easy, but it was a 12 hours a day process. The need was ever growing because survivors were found at any moment.  For six weeks we had a routine of searching, providing and comforting.

Then I moved to Distribution. Responders in the area weren’t able to leave, and often spent days on site looking for the deceased. We provided these relief team members with fresh clothes and shoes each day before they headed out again to look for the lost. It was here that I spent a few months setting up mobile showers, comfort kits, and food stations.

Eventually this led to me joining the Distribution team that circulated looking for surrounding residents who couldn’t reach our rescue locations. It was a nonstop assignment, and after six months of deployment I was able to leave feeling I did     my duty.

Many times though, during my deployment, it was very hard emotionally.  Some days I would be trying to comfort the hurt, and find myself crying along with them.  I was watching people lose their way of living or loved ones to this attack, and I couldn’t change that for them. What I could do, was provide them with hope. Give them love and show them they      Annie Bynum-1

weren’t alone.

It was a tragic time that will never be forgotten by millions or myself.

But it’s the strength and support each person gave that will last in my mind. And I’m very proud to say I was a part of that Red Cross team.

National Dog Day

August 26, 2015


National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

Honor your pets today with a little affection and something great to eat!! :)

Remembering Katrina

August 25, 2015


Remembering Hurricane Katrina as it Made Landfall 10 Years Ago Today in Louisiana

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina reminds us that being prepared for disaster is a community-wide effort that includes organizations, businesses, individuals and families taking preparedness action. We must work together to build a more prepared and resilient community that can withstand, quickly respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies.

If disaster strikes, will you be ready?

Being Prepared is the Best Defense Against Disaster, so the American Red Cross encourages everyone to become better prepared.

Don’t know where to start?

The three keys to being prepared are to build a kit, make a plan and be informed.

Get A Kit includes food, water, essential medications, copies of important documents

and other basic supplies.

Make A Plan in case you are separated from your family, and what to do if you must evacuate.

Be informed about what disasters or emergencies may occur and how to respond.

Download the Red Cross Emergency App which puts help right in your hands. The App combines severe weather and emergency alerts. Search “Red Cross Emergency” in theApple App Store or Google Play Store.

No one can predict where or when the next disaster will strike, but getting ready now can help save lives when the time comes. For more information on how your family can prepare for disasters and other emergencies, visit

In an emergency, every second counts- that’s why it’s crucial to have a game plan!

Story Telling Tuesday:

August 18, 2015

Meet Shawn Marler


Shawn volunteers with American Red Cross Health & Safety, by training others and assisting the Red Cross team.  Shawn knows that he makes a real difference everyday and can see the impact of his work. He’s encouraged every time a participant shares their confidence in being able to respond to a first aid emergency. “It goes from training to real life”, he says “you see the participants gain experience in saving others, and it makes you feel good knowing they have real people in mind when they say “save a life.” And Shawn is right. These trainees have specific family members, neighbors, classmates, co-workers and clients who will be safer because of their Red Cross training. Shawn knows he will never meet all of the people who’s lives are saved, but he catches a glimpse of the impact, as each certified person walks out the door and back into the community. For that kind of change, Shawn. We say Thank You.

Story Telling Tuesday:

August 11, 2015

Meet Annie Bynum:

Annie Bynum is unlike most of Red Cross volunteers. She puts in time just like the rest of our dedicated patrons, but Annie is also a Certified Fork Lift Driver. She purchases everything needed; from office items, food & beverage, to clean up supplies. Everything included in the ERV that delivers to families, Annie is sitting behind the wheel. Most wouldn’t realize that this retired women serving 20+ years for Red Cross, has such a heavy duty job. And boy does she get the job done. Listen as she speaks on the Annual 2015 Meeting panel and talks about her experiences:


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