SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Hurricane Michael is the second major hurricane in just weeks to hit the southeast. The American Red Cross is helping the tens of thousands of people affected.
News of the disaster has people around the country asking how they can help. The Red Cross has a plethora of ways.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.
Help people affected by storms and countless other crises by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.
Severe weather events like Hurricane Michael often force the cancellation of blood drives and decrease donor turnout in affected areas.
To meet the needs in these impacted areas and throughout the country, the Red Cross asks individuals to give blood.
There is a critical need for blood and platelet donations right now.
Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood donations and 2,500 platelets every day to meet patient needs across the country.
Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and make available for patients, so even a few days of disruption can impact patient care.
The Red Cross encourages organizations to set up blood drives throughout the year so that blood on the shelves can help save lives in an emergency.
Let people know you are safe
If you are in the hurricane’s path or had to evacuate, you can let friends and family know that you are safe through the American Red Cross Safe and Well page and Facebook’s Safety Check on their Hurricane Michael Crisis Response page. Both of these tools can also be used to check on people you know in the area.
For more information, click here.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
International Medical Corps has multiple teams of doctors and nurses on the ground in Florida as well. Their volunteer doctors and nurses will help staff medical facilities and special-needs shelters affected by the storm, and potentially establish field-based medical treatment capacity for communities with heavy infrastructure damage.
To help them with their effort s click here: http://bit.ly/Give-Michael