Red Cross has shelters ready

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The American Red Cross is ready to respond to the winter storm and is prepared to open shelters and feed those affected by the winter storm that is bearing down on South Carolina, bringing snow, sleet, ice, hazardous road conditions and possible power outages.

"We are making preparations for this winter storm, and we urge everyone who may be in the path of the storm to also get prepared and follow the instructions of local authorities," said Scott R. Salemme, Regional Chief Executive Officer. "Being ready is your best protection against a storm like this."

Statewide, the Red Cross is working with various state, county and local government officials to determine their needs. Emergency planning is taking place and the Red Cross is positioned to provide shelter when it is safe for citizens to travel.

The Red Cross has shelters ready to open and the Emergency Response Vehicles are gassed up and ready to go. As shelters open the Red Cross will send updates to inform the community on the shelters' locations. We strongly encourage citizens to not travel in hazardous conditions. In the event of a fire, please call 803-540-1215 or 1-800-922-4469. The Red Cross has trained disaster workers on alert to help respond.

Additionally, if anyone is scheduled to take a Health and Safety class today or tomorrow the Red Cross will contact you to reschedule your class.

To make a financial donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by this storm and other disasters here and around the world, please visit  The storm may also impact blood collections in the affected areas. To find out how you can be a blood donor, visit <>