Red Cross sends volunteers to help with hurricane relief

October 13, 2018

When Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday it became the third strongest hurricane to hit the coast in United States history. In addition to major destruction in the impact area, the storm has also wreaked havoc in the Carolinas, which has barely started to recover from last month’s Hurricane Florence, according to a press release from the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region continues to support both hurricane relief efforts. As of Friday morning, 93 people from our Red Cross area have joined with over 3,300 Red Cross staff and volunteers from across the country to assist with the operation. There are 18 deployed specifically to Florida and Georgia to assist with the Hurricane Michael relief effort.

The emphasis in Florida and Georgia is providing a safe place to stay for those unable to return home. While there are people staying in shelters throughout the Carolinas, the emphasis there has shifted to the bulk distribution of items and the long-term recovery plans for those whose property sustained more serious damage.

There are three ways in which people can support the relief operation:

Become a Red Cross Volunteer — If you volunteer now, you most likely will not be deployed, but you will be trained and will start to serve in your local community and will then be eligibleto deploy during future relief operations.Make a monetary donation —The best way to support the relief effort isthrough a monetary donation to the Red Cross. You can donate online at redcross.org, send a check to your local Red Cross office, or text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.Donate Blood — There is a constant need for blood. Both hurricanes have resulted in the cancellation of numerous drives throughout the impact areas, meaning a loss of donations that are already in short supply. Find ablood drive near you by visiting redcross.org.

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