New today, volunteers are at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church on Cherokee Road in Florence to assist families that have been evacuated from Sterling Apartments in Florence following a portion of the roof collapsed on Monday. Below is a snippet of the story from WPDE ABC 15.
From our media partner WPDE:
Florence, S.C. (WPDE) — About 42 people have been evacuated from an apartment on Mayfair Terrace in Florence after heavy rains caused the roof to collapse Monday morning, according to Levi James with the Florence County Emergency Management Division.
Florence County Emergency Management Department (FCEMD) said first responders received reports of the incident around noon.
James said the roof had already been weak from extensive rains during Hurricane Matthew and Monday's rain caused it to cave in.
Florence, S.C., April 24, 2017 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting multiple families whose homes, located on Mayfair Terrace in Florence, were damaged by weather late this morning. The Florence Fire Department are responding to the area to assist those in need. The Red Cross is helping 49 people by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
Natural disasters have no season, they can strike anytime of the year and often with little to no warning. Being prepared for an Emergency will keep you and your family safe, plus it is as easy as 1-2-3. Step One is to make an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Step Two is create an Emergency Plan. Step Three is Staying Informed. Think you are already prepared? Can you agree with these five questions:?
1. I know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in my community.
2. I have a family plan and we have practiced it.
3. I have an emergency kit
4. At least one member of the household is trained in first aid or CPR/AED.
5. I have taken action to help my community.
To help neighbors affected by disasters become a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial contribution to Red Cross by calling 843-764-2323 .