SC American Red Cross workers deploying to Kentucky to assist with disaster relief

Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 3:19 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The American Red Cross is sending at least four workers from South Carolina to Mayfield, Kentucky to assist with disaster relief efforts in the area.

The organization announced the move Sunday, saying the number of deployed workers may change in the coming days.


It comes less than 48 hours after Kentucky and other states in the mid-South were hit by a deadly pattern of severe weather, which included a tornado that traveled over 200 miles across four states.

“The American Red Cross and our partners are working around the clock across multiple states to help those in need and make sure everyone has a safe place to stay, food to eat, critical relief supplies, emotional support, and comfort in the face of one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in years,” the Red Cross said in a statement.

So far, the Red Cross has donated at least 160 units of blood for hospitals in the affected areas, according to Mandy McWherter, Interim Regional Director of Communications for SC Red Cross.

In an interview with WMBF News, McWherter also said volunteers are much needed, especially in the face of situations such as those in the mid-South.

“We need folks to join our disaster action team,” she said. “Those teams help meeting with families from a huge loss. Much like these families that are dealing with these tornadoes.”

The Red Cross has seen more families staying in shelters as a result of an increase in natural disasters across the country.

The organization also says anyone can help by donating to its disaster relief fund or by giving blood.

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