Red Cross offers shelters, relief

PARKERSBURG — Disaster relief from the American Red Cross continues around the clock in the impact zone from Hurricane Florence, the organization reported on Wednesday.

More than 8,100 victims were housed overnight Tuesday in 94 Red Cross and community shelters, Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross Northwest West Virginia Region, said.

Most of the residents, about 7,800 people, were in 80 shelters in North Carolina while the others were in South Carolina and Virginia, she said. The Red Cross and other disaster relief partners have served more than 254,200 meals and snacks, she said.

Other statistics are:

* More than 2,800 Red Cross disaster workers from around the country have been mobilized to work in shelter, feed residents and support people affected by the storm.

* The Red Cross mobilized more than 140 emergency response vehicles and more than 110 trailers of equipment and supplies.

* Volunteer mental health and health services professionals provided 8,500 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.

* The Red Cross has distributed more than 3,000 relief items including diapers and comfort kits of deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes.

* With the Southern Baptists, multiple field kitchens are being established that can provide 170,000 meals a day.

* Two hundred blood drives have canceled because of the storm.