Red Cross helping Burke County residents after severe weather

American Red Cross volunteers are canvassing neighborhoods in Burke County after severe weather last night rolled mobile homes and caused major damage.

 Early assessment numbers show 56 homes were affected by the weather, nine of those completely destroyed and five with major damage. Those numbers are subject to change as volunteers continue to move through the county.

 “The people who have been affected didn’t have much before the storms,” said Suzan Anderson, community chapter executive in Burke County. “These people truly need the help of our community and the Red Cross.”

Twenty-four residents – including a 1-month-old – sought refuge in the Red Cross shelter at First Baptist Church on U.S. Highway 70 in Icard, where volunteers provided a warm, safe place to stay, food and other emergency needs. The shelter will remain open as long as there is a need.

Numbers at a glance: 

The Red Cross has:  

  • Provided shelter for 24 residents
  • Served 200 meals to first responders and shelter residents
  • Served 90 snacks to first responders and shelter residents
  • 20 volunteers and staff working to support affected residents

 Those who want to help people affected by storms and other disasters can make a contribution to Red Cross Disaster Relief:

  • Visit www.redcross.org
  • Call 1-800-REDCROSS
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation