The Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross is readying its workforce and says it is staying in close contact with government and community partners as Hurricane Michael moves closer to the state.
In a release, the Red Cross said hundreds of Red Cross disaster-workers are continuing to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Roughly 30 evacuees spent the night in one shelter Monday. Already, the Red Cross has provided nearly 24,000 overnight shelter stays in South Carolina. It has also distributed more than 200,000 meals and snacks to victims.
“We will continue to stay in close contact with our government partners to determine the location and timing of any additional shelter openings, should we be requested to do so,” regional CEO Louise Welch Williams said.
The Red Cross is counting on sponsors in unaffected areas to help ensure it has enough blood products to support patient needs.
Hurricane Michael is expected to cross from Georgia into South Carolina on Thursday, just 26 days after Hurricane Florence entered from the North Carolina border. Forecasters believe Michael will downgrade into a tropical storm before it reaches the Palmetto State.