Press release: Red Cross continues sheltering, feeding efforts

 
Red Cross continues sheltering, feeding efforts in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties
Shelters open in 11 states to help people in the path of the storms
 
The American Red Cross has an ongoing response to severe weather across 11 states in the country.
 
In North Carolina, the western part of the state was hit hard in Murphy and Hiwassee Dam and the Red Cross has opened a shelter there. Locally, severe weather caused damage in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties. The Red Cross was on the ground immediately, providing food, drinks, clean-up supplies and emotional support to those affected.
 
Preliminary Damage Assessment numbers:
Cabarrus: 49 houses total; 14 major, 4 destroyed
Mecklenburg: 132 houses total; 8 major; 3 destroyed
 
The Red Cross has set up two shelters in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg:

Hickory Ridge High School – will close at 1 p.m. Sunday
7321 Raging Ridge Road  

Harrisburg, NC 28075
 
North Ridge Elementary School
7601 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28215
Numbers at a glance:
  • Shelter residents: 20
  • Meals served: 555
  • Snacks served: 550
  • Comfort kits provided (basic toiletries): 48
  • Bulk items distributed (including cleaning supplies): 763
  • Volunteers and staff on the ground: 52
Weather experts reported as many as 95 confirmed tornadoes touched down across the country, destroying communities from the Great Lakes to the Southeast. Friday night, the Red Cross opened or supported 22 shelters in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow safety steps. As people begin to deal with the aftermath of the tornadoes, the Red Cross reminds people they should return to their neighborhood only when officials say it is safe to do so.
They should also:
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and immediately report any fallen power lines or broken gas lines to the utility companies.
  • Use flashlights, not candles when examining buildings. If someone smells gas or hears a hissing noise, they should open a window, get everyone out of the building immediately and call the gas company or fire department.
  • More tornado safety information is available on the Preparedness Section on www.redcross.org
 
TO HELP:
 
You can help people affected by disasters like floods and tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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