For the second time in just weeks, the American Red Cross is helping thousands of people in the southeast after another devastating hurricane – Michael – slammed into the Gulf Coast as the third-strongest hurricane in U.S. history.
Utah volunteers remain on the ground to assist. We checked in with Rich Woodruff, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Utah Red Cross, on Friday to see what kind of support they need.
This is the second massive hurricane response in the United States in less than a month. Thousands of people are looking to the Red Cross for help, and the organization depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Michael by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting 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 disasters.
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-REDCROSS.
CRITICAL NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS
To meet patient needs, the Red Cross asks eligible individuals unaffected by Hurricane Michael to give blood. The storm has forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives, causing approximately 700 units of blood to go uncollected in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina
More blood drive cancellations are likely, and low donor turnout is expected in the Southeast over the coming days as communities’ face expected storm damage and residual flooding.