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Red Cross is preparing for its second large-scale hurricane relief
effort in less than a month as Hurricane Michael moves toward
Florida's Gulf Coast. This dangerous storm is still strengthening,
and the Red Cross urges people in its path to obey evacuation orders
and get ready now.
The Red Cross is also
working with partners to prepare evacuation centers, trained
disaster workers, relief supplies, vehicles and other equipment
to help people in the affected area.
Right now, more than
500 disaster workers are traveling to the Gulf Coast to help.
They will join hundreds of volunteers already on the
evacuation shelters in Florida, click here.
Click on the map and
scroll in to Florida
Click on the square
shelter icon to find the facility name, address. Navigate the
information and if you see "EVAC," it is an evacuation
There is also a list
of the evacuation centers and shelters below the map.
As people come to the
center, you will see daily increases in the numbers at the
the immediate needs of disaster survivors, typically for less than 72
life-sustaining services until the threat has passed, or until
shelter residents transfer or transition to a Short-Term Shelter,
Basic food items or
snacks (people are encouraged to bring their own food)
Basic medical care
Cots are typically
not available. People are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, or
mats to sleep on.
Florence Public Story Map
created the Hurricane Florence Story Map
(Click on this link or copy it into your browser) that can be
shared with everyone to provide information about how the
American Red Cross is working with partners to support and comfort
those affected by the storm. It also provides useful tips about what
to do after a disaster and how people can help. This story map
can be shared widely.
Several important key
points to note:
Please use Chrome or
Firefox when accessing the link
The information will
be updated every 3-5 days
There is a Spanish
version that can be accessed in the upper right corner
Firefox are the recommended browsers for this tool
As a trusted
partner of the American Red Cross, we would like to share our Hurricane Florence Partner's
Brief and Hurricane Michael Partner's
Brief(Click on the links or copy into browser) with current information. Please do not share
these briefs with the general public. It is designed to help
partners have common situational awareness about emergencies.
Red Cross urges everyone to make sure they are prepared for a
disaster and not wait until an emergency occurs and it's too
late. People should take steps now to be ready if an emergency
occurs. It's critical that all members of one's household know what
You can download the Red Cross Emergency
App to have safety information available on your mobile device.
If you need to find a shelter or evacuation center, you
can visit redcross.org, check
the Red Cross Emergency App or
call 1-800-768-8048. This all-inclusive app also lets you
monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts,
to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999 or download the
app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.