As damage from heavy rain remains a threat to areas of the Cape Fear region, the American Red Cross continues to shelter residents displaced from their homes due to flooding.
The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the Red Cross has deployed three people to the Coast to help with relief efforts: Rick Schou, Vic McIntyre and Art Parker.
Vic and Art left this morning in the Emergency Response Vehicle. The vehicle serves as a mobile feeding unit, and Vic and Art will drive it into different areas that have been affected by the floods, providing residents meals.
The Red Cross currently has 12 shelters open along the Coast to help those who have been affected by the floods.
In preparation for this storm, the Red Cross prepositioned shelter support trailers with cots and blankets as well as kitchen support trailers throughout the state. 100 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) and their volunteer teams were placed on alert.
Last month Hurricane Earl made its way up the east coast past North Carolina. On one night alone more than 250 people stayed in a dozen Red Cross Shelters in North Carolina. The Red Cross was able to respond immediately to the needs of those affected because of our readiness efforts ahead of the storm. The Red Cross spent more than $250,000 responding to Hurricane Earl.