Helping provide shelter, food and hope to those impacted by the storm
Five days after Hurricane Michael slammed into the southeast, thousands of people are living in dire conditions. The American Red Cross is with them, helping people in Florida, Georgia and Alabama as they struggle to get back on their feet.
- Home after home is destroyed, many people have lost everything. Many areas are still inaccessible.
- The storm also damaged medical facilities, schools and businesses. Search and rescue efforts continue.
- Hundreds of thousands have no power as temperatures hover in the high 80s.
- In many areas, people have no water or sewer service and many that do have service are under boil advisories.
The Red Cross is doing all we can to get help to where it’s most needed, and we’re reaching more neighborhoods each day. We’re working around the clock with partners like the National Guard to move volunteers and supplies, and to support dozens of shelters where people can find comfort and refuge.
- With the magnitude of destruction and many roads impassable, we know that getting help into some areas will be challenging for some time.
- The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, health services and emotional support during this challenging situation.
- Some shelters are being relocated to more comfortable and appropriate locations.
- In some areas, emergency response vehicles are able to get through with meals and relief supplies.
More than 1,300 Red Cross disaster workers have been assigned to the Hurricane Michael disaster relief operation, including 19 volunteers from Northeast Ohio. Visit our YouTube channel to see and hear comments from the volunteers pictured below.
- This is a huge disaster, and the Red Cross is working closely with government and nonprofit partners to provide aid.
- It will take time and require the resources from a large variety of organizations to help families and communities recover.
- We are actively recruiting additional volunteers to help respond to disasters like Hurricane Michael, and to the home fires that occur, on average, three times every 24 hours in Northeast Ohio. You can visit our volunteer page to begin the application process.
After two major hurricanes in less than a month, thousands of people are looking for help. The Red Cross depends on financial donations to fund our relief services. Help people affected by Hurricane Michael by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word MICHAEL to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross has a critical need for blood and platelet donations to help meet patient needs. This fall, Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence have forced the cancellation of about 200 blood drives, causing approximately 7,000 units of blood to go uncollected in the Southeast.
- Low donor turnout is expected to continue in affected areas as communities recover.
- The Red Cross asks eligible individuals to make an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.