At the peak of evacuations last week, Georgia's Red Cross and our local community partners provided safe sanctuary, meals and comfort for more than 6,000 people in 34 shelters statewide. Now, as most evacuees have returned to their homes in hard-hit coastal Georgia, Red Cross disaster workers are taking food, water and relief supplies into accessible areas where people are focusing on clean-up and repair. A shelter remains open in Savannah for residents displaced by the hurricane at Compassion Church. In addition, Red Cross assessment teams continue to canvas impacted areas to document damage and identify needs.
For more information about Red Cross services in coastal Georgia, call 1-800-768-8048 or visit: www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossofSoutheastandCoastalGeorgia.
Powerful storms like Hurricane Matthew create widespread damage and more needs than any one organization can meet on its own. The Red Cross is working closely with the entire response community - government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others - to provide emergency relief.
Since Hurricane Matthew first threatened the U.S, Red Cross and its partners have served more than 444,000 meals and snacks, distributed nearly 78,000 relief items and provided 85,000 overnight stays in shelters. The Red Cross has mobilized more than 4,400 disaster workers - more than 800 of them to support the relief effort in Georgia. In addition, the Red Cross deployed 225 response vehicles, 35 in Georgia - three quarters of our entire vehicle fleet - and more than 100 trailers loaded with water, ready-to-eat meals, cots, blankets, kitchen items, cleaning supplies and comfort kits, insect repellant, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, coolers and more.
The Red Cross is committed to providing relief services to affected communities as long as we are needed. For more information about what the Red Cross is doing in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, both in the United States and in Haiti, visit redcross.org/hurricane-matthew-information The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide immediate relief.
You can help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 on your mobile device to make a $10 donation.
Under blue skies and gray, the Red Cross provides more than 40% of our nation's blood supply and Hurricane Matthew has forced the cancellation of many blood drives along the East Coast. If you're in an unaffected area, please give blood or platelets now, so we can continue to help patients in need. Go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster and others across the country every day.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.