LIST: American Red Cross opening shelters in SC ahead of Tropical Storm Michael

FIRST ALERT WEATHER 6 a.m. update on Tropical Storm Michael in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - At the request of local emergency management partners, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross has begun opening shelters as Tropical Storm Michael nears.

Here is the current list of planned openings, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 10:

  • 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. Paul United 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.

To find an open shelter, people can download the free Red Cross Emergency App. 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 social media (Twitter: @RedCrossSC | Facebook: American Red Cross of South Carolina).

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by storms and countless other crises by visiting redcross.org, 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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