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McDowell County Shelter Opening

The Red Cross Western Carolinas is opening an evacuation shelter at 2 a.m. this morning due to flooding in McDowell County. The shelter is located at the Marion Elementary School, 209 Robert Street in Marion, North Carolina 29306 . This is the second Red Cross shelter to open due to this same rain event. The first was in Easley, SC.

Residents are being evacuated from campgrounds due to swift water and flooding and need a place to stay tonight so the Red Cross is answering their cry for help. In addition to providing a warm, dry, safe place to lay their heads tonight, the Red Cross will provide them with meals and basic health services if needed.

The Red Cross recommends that people who evacuate their homes bring the following supplies with them to the shelter:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
  • Extra clothing
  • Pillows
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Small board games
  • Books for entertainment
  • Specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • Basic snacks
  • Baby food and formula
  • Diapers
  • Beach chair or camp chair
  • Identification
  • Insurance information
  • Other comfort items

Additionally, shelter residents may not bring illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages or weapons into the shelter. Pets are not allowed in evacuation shelters (except service animals). If an evacuee arrives at the shelter with a pet, the Red Cross will work with the emergency management authorities to ensure that the pet has a safe and appropriate location to weather the storm.

This is an evacuation shelter and many of the items listed above will be supplied, but may not be available at first. Food and drinks will be provided.


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