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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Red Cross Opens Assistance Center at University Mall
 

        

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES SHELTER TO TRANSITION TO
ASSISTANCE CENTER FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 5, 2013)—Orange County is announcing that efforts to assist those impacted by the flood will continue as the Red Cross shelter at Smith Middle School transitions to an Assistance Center and moves to a new location.

Beginning on Saturday, July 6, residents displaced by the flood can report to the Assistance Center seven days a week at the University Mall in Chapel Hill. The center will remain open as long as needed and the hours of operation are as follows:

Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Assistance Center will be staffed by the Red Cross, Orange County Department of Social Services, Orange County Housing, Human Relations & Community Development Department, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), and other community organizations. This effort is supported by the Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and Orange County.

The local governments and the Red Cross have been working together and around the clock to meet the needs of the residents impacted by the flood. Since Sunday, June 30, no residents in need of assistance have been nor will be turned away.

The purpose of the Assistance Center is to provide impacted residents with a one-stop-shop, where they can receive the necessary resources and immediate assistance that will enable them to recover from this flooding emergency.

To date, the Red Cross has provided the following services:
Red Cross Assistance Efforts
Meals Served = 770
Snacks Served = 2122
Overnight Shelter Stays = 102
Bulk Items Distributed (clean up kits, toiletry items, basic needs) = 309
A total of 55 families contacted through outreach teams

Community Partners
Catholic Charities
El Centro Hispano
Rotary Peace Fellows/UNC
Salvation Army
Southern Baptist Men Disaster Relief
Southern Village Pharmacy
  
American Red Cross
24-Hour Help Line: 919.489.6541 ext. 4141

Important Orange County Phone Numbers
Animal Services: 919.942.7387
Emergency Services: 919.245.6100
Department of Social Services: 919.245.2800
Department of Housing, Human Rights & Community Development: 919.245.2490
Orange County Health Department: 919.245.2400
Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall: 919.968.2743
Town of Carrboro Town Hall: 919.918.7314

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Attachments:
Assistance_Center_at_UMall.pdf

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