SAVANNAH – October 18, 2016 – Now in its third week of providing Hurricane Matthew relief for thousands in Georgia, the American Red Cross continues to meet immediate emergency needs while helping families and communities with the recovery process.
With power restored and schools back in session, the last remaining Red Cross shelter at Compassion Christion Church in Savannah has seen a steady drop in residents in recent days. The generously donated space will transition back to the church on Wednesday. Red Cross caseworkers met one-on-one with individuals and families at the shelter to provide resources and help put plans in place. Recovery support will continue through mobile outreach and calls to 800-768-8048.
“As we gradually transition operations this week to the Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia, I want to assure all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew that we are still there for them in their local communities,” said Chris Baker, director of the Hurricane Matthew relief effort in Georgia. “The Red Cross will continue to work with partners and do everything we can to connect people with the resources they need for recovery.”
In response to Hurricane Matthew in Georgia to date, more than 1,800 Red Cross disaster workers and 40 Emergency Response Vehicles from across the country have helped to:
Hurricane Matthew created widespread damage across four states and more needs than any one organization can meet on its own. “The Red Cross is grateful to the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others who came together to coordinate emergency relief efforts in Georgia,” said Baker. “We’re seeing Georgia at its best and it’s inspiring to be a part of it.”
To learn more about the massive and ongoing Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, visit: http://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/hurricane-relief/hurricane-matthew.
How to Help:
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
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.