Hundreds of thousands of people are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and will be for weeks to come as they start to recover from this deadly storm. The American Red Cross is helping people in Florida, Georgia and Alabama now and will be there in the weeks to come as people take their next steps.
Some people are still living without power, running water and other basic necessities. It could take several weeks to return power to the hardest hit areas. Many schools and medical facilities are closed. Roads are still blocked and several bridges have been damaged.
Wednesday night, more than 1,760 people stayed in as many as 16 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
More than 1,400 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground to support relief efforts across three states. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 379,000 meals and snacks. We’ve also distributed more than 14,300 relief items like clean up kits, rakes, shovels, bleach, garbage bags and much more to help with the massive clean-up effort.
How you can help:
This is the second massive hurricane response in the United States in less than a month. Thousands of people are looking to the Red Cross for help, and the organization depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. 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 disasters. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Michael relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.