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Red Cross shelters more than 13,400 in five states in response to hurricane

The American Red Cross provided a massive sheltering effort in response to Hurricane Matthew that as of Sunday included 80 evacuation shelters in North Carolina with more than 4,000 people being served.

“Here is a quick update on what our Red Cross staff and volunteers are providing (in) hope and relief to those impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” Theresa Jones, a spokesperson for the Western North Carolina Region of  the American Red Cross, wrote to the Post Sunday.

“Our massive sheltering effort now spans five states. More than 13,400 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia woke up in 248 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters.”

Here’s a breakdown of the Red Cross shelter numbers:

• In North Carolina, 80 evacuation shelters with over 4,000 people.

• In South Carolina, 61 evacuation shelters with over 4,500 people.

• In Georgia, 34 evacuation shelters with 4,500 people.

• In Florida, 72 evacuation shelters with more than 340 people.

• In Virginia, one evacuation shelter with 25 people.

Sheila Crunkleton, executive director of the Southern Piedmont Chapter, which includes Rowan County, deployed Sunday morning to eastern North Carolina (Fayetteville and Greenville) “to help those who are suffering at this moment,” Jones said.

“We’ve mobilized 133 response vehicles, three kitchens and 97 trailers filled with water, ready-to-eat meals, shelter and kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies and comfort kits, insect repellant, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes and coolers,” Jones added.

“Our disaster teams are currently working with government officials, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and community partners to coordinate response efforts.”

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