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American Red Cross to open shelters as Hurricane Michael approaches South Carolina

American Red Cross to open shelters as Hurricane Michael approaches South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WACH) – The Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross has begun opening shelters at the request of local emergency management partners as Hurricane Michael nears.

Here’s the current list of planned openings as of 4 p.m. Wednesday:

• 3765 Leeds Avenue – North Charleston – Opened at noon

• First Baptist Church of Barnwell – 161 Allen Street, Barnwell – Opened at 2 p.m.

• Williamsburg Recovery Center – 2084 Thurgood Marshall Hwy, Kingstree – Opened at 10 a.m.

• Orangeburg City Gym - 1420 Broughton St, Orangeburg – Opened at 3 p.m.

• Kilbourne Park Baptist Church - 4205 Kilbourne Rd, Columbia – Opening at 5 p.m.

• Lee Central High School -- 1800 Wisacky Hwy, Bishopville – Opening at 6 p.m.

• James Brandt Building – 398 Barnwell Highway, Allendale – Opening at 6 p.m.

• Sumter County Recreation Center -- 155 Haynsworth St, Sumter – Opening at 7 p.m.

• St. Johns Methodist Church -- 102 E Butler Ave, Saluda – Opening at 7 p.m.

• Fairfield Magnet - 1647 Hwy 321 By-Pass N Winnsboro – Opening at 7 p.m.

• McCormick First Baptist Church – 108 S. Oak Street, McCormick – Opening at 8 p.m.

• Grace Community Church – 1611 Woodlawn Rd, Greenwood – Opening at 8:30 p.m.

Cots will be available at these shelters, but people are urged to bring important medications, pillows, additional blankets, hygiene items and other items for children or anyone with special needs.

People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find an open shelter. It is available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps. Additional details will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

The Red Cross also depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by storms and countless other crises by visiting the Red Cross website, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Severe weather like Hurricane Michael often force the cancellation of blood drives and decrease donor turnout in affected areas. To meet the needs in these impacted areas and throughout the country, the Red Cross asks individuals to give blood. There is a critical need for blood and platelet donations right now. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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