Millions of people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, rain, flooding, and a high storm surge from Dorian. Today, more than 2,500 trained Red Cross responders from all over the country are supporting relief efforts and coordinating with partners to help people seeking refuge in hurricane evacuation centers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas – and we will stay on the ground for as long as needed.
On Wednesday night, more than 6,900 people stayed in 116 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters. To date, the Red Cross and community organizations have provided more than 31,000 cumulative overnight stays and served more than 45,000 meals and snacks for people affected by Dorian. The Red Cross also pre-positioned additional blood products and stocked our hospitals in areas of the Southeast likely to be impacted by the storm this week.
HOW TO FIND A SHELTER
If you evacuated for Hurricane Dorian, do not return until told it is safe to do so by local authorities. The Red Cross urges people in the path of Hurricane Dorian to follow directions from local officials and listen to local news for the latest updates on the storm as the storm moves north in the coming days.
Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find information for open Red Cross shelters in our free Red Cross Emergency App. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian in both the U.S. and the Bahamas. Visit http://redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. In the U.S., this includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance. In the Bahamas, the American Red Cross will be making a financial contribution and partnering with the IFRC and the Bahamas Red Cross to help the islands recover.
For those interested in helping people specifically in the Bahamas, we ask that they write “Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas” in the memo line of a check and mail it to their local Red Cross chapter with the completed the donation form at http://redcross.org/donate.