The American Red Cross continues to support people impacted by Hurricane Isaias and July’s Hurricane Hanna as weather experts predict we could see an extremely busy hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean this year.
In their updated Atlantic forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the country could see one of the most active hurricane seasons in 22 years. The updated outlook calls for 19 to 25 named storms, 7 to 11 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or more.
The Red Cross is getting ready to respond to any storms that may hit the U.S. and urges everyone to get prepared too. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, getting prepared this year will be a little different. See what you should do here.
ISAIAS AND HANNA More than 1,660 Red Cross disaster workers have been working for weeks to help people affected by these hurricanes. They have provided more than 2,100 overnight stays in emergency hotel lodging and shelters and served more than 45,400 meals and snacks. In addition to providing a safe place to stay and food to eat, the Red Cross has provided health services, relief items, comfort and help as people plan their next steps. Additionally, volunteers supported evacuation shelters ahead of Hurricane Douglas and were ready to respond to needs in Hawaii.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are thankful to all our volunteers across the country who have already answered the call and continue to be ready for the next big thing. You can join them. Due to predictions for an active hurricane and wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike. Train now to be a Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteer so you can be there when your community needs it most. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn about our most-needed volunteer positions.
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross works 24/7 to be ready to respond to hurricanes. Please donate to the Red Cross now to support hurricane relief wherever it is needed. Your gift to Hurricanes 2020 enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word HURRICANES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.
ADGP $1 Million members are: Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Anthem Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; The Home Depot Foundation; Latter-day Saint Charities; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; State Farm; UPS; VSP Global; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and Wells Fargo.
ADGP $500,000 members are: Altria Group; Aon; Capital One; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental Community Care Foundation; Discover; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative; Ford Motor Company; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Grainger; HCA Healthcare; IBM Corporation; International Paper; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; LHC Group; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; Merck Foundation; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; PayPal; PepsiCo Foundation; Progressive Insurance; PwC Charitable Foundation; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Sands Cares; Southwest Airlines; The Starbucks Foundation; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; The USAA Foundation, Inc.; Visa Foundation; and The Wawa Foundation.
Disaster Responder Program members are: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; American Express; Assurant; AstraZeneca; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; The Ball Foundation; Barclays; BMW of North America; CarMax; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; The Coca-Cola Foundation; Consumer Cellular; CSX; DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Dominion Energy; Duke Energy; Duke Realty; Equitable; Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; Humble Bundle; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; Lenovo; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Mastercard; Neiman Marcus Group; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Old Dominion Freight Line; The Pfizer Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential Financial; Raytheon Technologies; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation; Southeastern Grocers Home of BI-LO Harveys Winn Dixie; Tata Consultancy Services; TD Ameritrade; Trane Technologies; U-Haul International; and U.S. Bank Foundation.