WNRR Augusta – The American Red Cross released the following information concerning disaster relief in Aiken County:
“American Red Cross Deploys to Disaster Areas
Columbia, SC, Saturday, March 15, 2008 — American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Teams in Aiken have been deployed to the town of Bath to operate a mobile food unit to provide food and beverages to more than 200 first responders working to clear debris from Highway 421.
As of 11:00 p.m. Red Cross aid includes:
* Dispatching emergency response vehicle to Bath
* Providing food and beverages to first responders
* Supplying and collecting water
Red Cross emergency teams are working with local emergency management to assess affected areas in the state and provide aid to those affected. More information will be released as it becomes available.
RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY TONIGHT’S SEVERE WEATHER SHOULD CALL THE RED CROSS AT (803) 641-4152 FOR ASSISTANCE. RED CROSS ASSISTANCE INCLUDES: PROVIDING SHELTER, FOOD, CLOTHING, LIFE-SUSTAINING MEDICATION, MENTAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, REFERRAL TO PARTNER AGENCIES FOR LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE, AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT.
The Red Cross encourages families forced from their homes to register on the Red Cross Safe and Well web site, available at http://www.redcross.org <http://www.redcross.org/> . On this site, people within a disaster area can register themselves as “safe and well” by selecting and posting standard messages for friends and family. If you are unable to register, you can ask a family member to register on your behalf. Concerned family members who know the sought person’s phone number (home, cell or work) or a complete home address can search for the messages posted by those who register.
You can help your neighbors recovering from the devastation of today’s storms. Make checks payable to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina, earmark funds to ‘local disaster relief’, and mail to 1314 Pinelog Road, Aiken, South Carolina 29803.
You can help the victims of thousands of disasters by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donations. To ensure that donations are used to support the local disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross, donors should earmark funds for ‘local disaster relief.’
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. An average of 94 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.”