WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 9, 2018) – The American Red Cross is preparing for a large relief effort as Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida panhandle, even while continuing efforts in the Carolinas for families still trying to recover from Hurricane Florence. The South Florida Region of the American Red Cross has quickly mobilized to send support. To date, more than 20 South Florida Red Cross staff members and volunteers have deployed to Tallahassee and Alabama to assist in Red Cross relief efforts.
“Even though Hurricane Michael won’t directly affect our region, we are ready to send support to our neighbors in North Florida,” said Joanne Nowlin, Regional CEO of the South Florida Region. “We are One Red Cross and we come together when disaster strikes.”
Michael is predicted to be life-threatening, and is expected to hit parts of Florida Wednesday with strong winds, devastating flooding and storm surge as high as 12 feet in some places. The storm is still strengthening with winds already close to 110 mph. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate, and governors in Florida and Alabama have already declared states of emergency.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Help people affected by Hurricane Michael. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text 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 this disaster.
- 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.
- The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.
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/southflorida or visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SFLRedCross.
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