If you were in Hurricane Michael's path, please let your family and friends know you are safe! Either check in on the American Red Cross Safe and Well page and/or 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.
Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm (almost Cat 5), bringing with it 155 miles per hour winds, storm surges, flash floods and heavy rains. Our beloved Panhandle was absolutely devastated and as the days go by, we will learn more and more specifics as to the exact extent of damage done.
We are all feeling extremely powerless right now, but there are several ways you can help the victims of this devastating hurricane right now:
American Red Cross
Here's a link to help people affected by Hurricane Michael: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-michael-donations
The American Red Cross is also encouraging people to give blood. They report a critical need for both blood and platelet donations. You can make an appointment either online, through their blood donor app or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
Here’s a link to donate to help families in the path of Hurricane Michael: https://www.americares.org/en/what-we-do/emergency-programs/ca-hurricane-michael/
Babycycle Florida (Tampa/Pinellas County)
One of the biggest need right now is for 20,000 babies ... diapers (size 3 to pull-ups), baby wipes, hygiene items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant). If you are not in the Tampa area, you can also make a donation on their site: https://www.babycyclefl.org/
GlobalGiving has a Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, which you can donate to here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-michael-relief-fund/
The Salvation Army
Donate here: https://give.helpsalvationarmy.org/give/166081/#!/donation/checkout or call 1-800-725-2769. Donations may also be mailed to The Salvation Army - Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Make sure to note that you wish to support the Hurricane Michael relief effort.
There are many organizations and faith-based groups that have active disaster programs and need volunteers.
Here’s a link to volunteer: https://www.volunteerflorida.org/
Clean the World (Orlando)
Clean the World is in need of volunteers! They have multiple sign up dates and times available for Hurricane Michael relief efforts. For more information, visit https://buff.ly/2OrqdcL or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . They are also accepting donations: https://cleantheworldfoundation.org/emergency-response/
Other Ways To Help
Community blood centers in the region are urging the public to donate. All blood types are needed along with platelet and plasma donors.
The not-for-profit blood center OneBlood
, can be found in almost all of the counties in Florida and in the southern regions of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. You can search for their blood drives here
, or by calling 1-888-936-6283.
, which serves hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, provides an online tool
to find a donor center or mobile drive near you, or you can call 1-888-795-2707 to make an appointment to donate.