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Red Cross Relief Ongoing as Georgians Recover from Matthew

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The Red Cross is grateful to the entire response community - Chris Baker

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:

  • Operate and support 45 shelters in our state for evacuees and those impacted by the devastating storm.
  • Provide a safe refuge for 7,073 people resulting in 16,992 overnight stays in shelters.
  • Serve more than 72,000 meals and 90,750 snacks in shelters and through mobile outreach with food preparation support from the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist mobile kitchens and other community partners.
  • Distribute more than 64,000 clean-up kits and bulk supplies such as rakes, shovels, work gloves and kitchen items in hard-hit areas.
  • In addition to client casework, make more than 4,400 health and mental health contacts to provide help and hope to those suffering.
  • Field more than 3,300 response center calls.
  • 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.”

    More Information:

    To learn more about the massive and ongoing Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, visit:

    How to Help:

    The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.