RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The clock is ticking as organizations across the state mobilize to help people in the Carolinas get through some massive flooding.
WNCN checked in with the North Carolina National Guard and the Regional Red Cross to see how they’re responding. Both are planning to help North Carolinians make it through storms that have been pounding some cities for days.
“About 120 hours out we start the clock and we start moving supplies and materials because it can get bad enough that you can’t get materials and supplies moved,” said Barry Porter, American Red Cross Regional Director.
“We’re ready. We have thousands of guardsmen and airmen ready to respond,” said Lt. Col. Mat DeVivo, Spokesman for the North Carolina National Guard.
The Red Cross first sent disaster action teams to Asheville and Fayetteville when the forecast was focused there.
“Things haven’t materialized as severe as we thought so now what has been concerned is the Wilmington area in the next 36 hours,” said Porter.
The Director of the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management, Michael Sprayberry, says they have been closely monitoring the situation as well. They are mobilizing 70 National Guardsmen in several cities across the state to be prepared for action.
“For rescues or even bringing supplies, things like that. We also have swift water teams, swift water rescue teams. We also have a medical strike force that has ambulances and a medical bus,” said Sprayberry.
Officials are also responding to South Carolina, sending four National Guard helicopters and about 30 of the 70 mobilized Guardsmen. The Red Cross is also considering sending help to our southern neighbors, just as soon as they know North Carolina is in the clear.
“As that conditions change over the next 36 to 48 hours we’ll be able to asses, can we release supplies, materials, trucks to South Carolina which is obviously another area that’s been significantly impacted with multiple areas of flooding and severe flooding,” said Porter.
Both the Red Cross and National Guard will be working with local emergency crews and first responders to help keep citizens out of harm’s way over the next several days.