2. S.C. volunteers helping coordinate Red Cross tornado relief efforts; blood drive planned

info@islandpacket.comMay 21, 2013 

Local Red Cross volunteers are helping to coordinate relief efforts, while volunteers from across the country are distributing supplies, food and working to shelter people affected by the deadly tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore Monday.

Two Red Cross disaster responders from the Palmetto SC Region have deployed to the Disaster Operation Center at the national Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they are supporting logistical operations, according to a news release.

More volunteers could deploy in the coming days.

The Red Cross is also operating shelters and supporting people affected by Sunday's storms in Shawnee and other parts of the Oklahoma City area.

Anyone interested in becoming a local Red Cross volunteer can sign up for an orientation and disaster services course. The following sessions were previously scheduled:

  • In Bluffton, sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 5 and June 17 at the Palmetto Service Center, 59 Sheridan Park Circle.
  • In Beaufort, a session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 6 at Beaufort City Hall, 911 Boundary St.

Pre-registration is required. To register: redcross.org/carolinalowcountry or (843) 764-2323, ext. 321

Donations can be made at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999. A check can be mailed to American Red Cross, 8085 Rivers Ave., Suite F, North Charleston, SC, 29406.

The Palmetto SC Region consists of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35 counties in South Carolina.

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