2011-04-08 / Front Page

American Red Cross responds after severe thunderstorms

Contributed by American Red Cross

American Red Cross disaster relief workers dispatched an Emergency Response Vehicle to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, located at 6236 Main Street after severe thunderstorms passed through the Midlands early Tuesday morning. The Red Cross served lunch, snacks, and drinks to first responders and individuals displaced due to wind damage that brushed through the Greenview Area, located off of North Main Street in Columbia.

In Richland County, five to seven homes had severe damage, which resulted in the evacuation of approximately 40 people from their homes in the Greenview Area. In addition to providing mass feeding to residents, the Red Cross assessed the situation to provide temporary housing to those displaced so they are not left homeless.

The Red Cross is also assisting residents displaced in three homes in Lexington County and one home in Fairfield County.

Because of ongoing disaster emergency training, Red Cross volunteers are fully prepared and ready to provide immediate response to our neighbors at their greatest hour of need. Every day disasters of this caliber reinforce the need for Red Cross volunteers to continue training to be ready when the time comes. The Red Cross relies on financial support from the community to have the resources available to recruit and train disaster volunteers, as well as fund Disaster Relief efforts.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

To make a financial contribution to the Red Cross, please send donations to: The American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC, 29202. Donations can also be made by visiting www.columbiaregionredcross.org or calling (803) 540-1242.

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