As Hurricane Sandy continues to put the northeast under water, Richmond County is still in for some gusty weather and potential freezing. According to the National Weather Service of Raleigh, gusty winds will gradually subside Tuesday evening but frost or freezing conditions are possible Wednesday night, and are likely Thursday and Friday nights. This “Hazardous weather outlook” is also in effect for Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Hoke, Cumberland and Scotland counties, to name a few.
People along the East Coast are picking up the pieces left behind by Hurricane Sandy, and many relief organizations are mobilizing to come to the aid of the displaced and injured.
The American Red Cross is providing help and comfort to people in communities across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast who are coping with damaging winds, flooding and power outages from Sandy. The relief effort stretches across several states includes food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort for people dealing with this storm. Nearly 11,000 people spent Monday night in 258 Red Cross shelters in 16 states — New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, and Michigan.
The Red Cross also has deployed more than 1,300 trained Red Cross disaster workers to the region to help those affected, including one from Moore County and one from Richmond County.
“We have sent in as many as 160 emergency response vehicles, shipped hundreds of thousands of meals and will be providing people with other relief supplies in the days to come,” said Emily Everett of the American Red Cross. “Right now, 16 volunteers and three Emergency Response Vehicles from the Triangle Region are on standby for deployment within the next 48 hours to the affected Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.”
There are ways in which you can help.
“This will be a large, costly relief response and the Red Cross needs help now,” said Barry Porter, Regional Executive Director. “People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone.”
Financial donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.