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Volunteers from Northeast Tennessee Red Cross responding in South Carolina

Contributed story • Oct 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

As rivers crest and new flooding threatens, the American Red Cross is providing safe shelter, food and comfort to people in South Carolina.

Five volunteers from Northeast Tennessee are now providing assistance in South Carolina. Two of them are assessing damage, traveling in affected areas to identify the damaged homes so that the Red Cross can provide appropriate and effective assistance. One is helping to set up and maintain the needed technology support for the relief operation. A nurse from the Northeast Tennessee chapter is working to assess and evaluate those affected for health related needs and another volunteer is working with the logistics aspect of the relief operation ensuring that required transportation is available.

More than 400 people spent Wednesday night in more than 20 Red Cross and community shelters in South Carolina.

About 600 Red Cross workers are on the ground, providing shelter, food and water and relief supplies.

More than 20 emergency response vehicles are helping distribute relief supplies throughout the region.

Since the flooding began, the Red Cross has worked with community partners to:

• Serve more than 41,000 meals and snacks;

• Hand out more than 4,500 relief items;

• Provide hundreds of health and mental health services.