Red Cross Prepares to Help Thousands; Urges People in Storm's Path to Listen to Local Officials

Weeks after Hurricane Florence's Fury, Hundreds Still in Shelters in Carolinas

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As the second major hurricane in just weeks is set to hit the southeast, the American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Michael, even while continuing efforts in the Carolinas for families still trying to recover from Hurricane Florence.

With Hurricane Michael headed towards Florida, the Red Cross encourages people to get prepared by taking the following steps. To learn more, download the Red Cross Emergency App.

Michael is predicted to be life-threatening, and is expected to hit parts of Florida Wednesday with strong winds, devastating flooding and storm surge as high as 12 feet in some places. The storm is still strengthening with winds already close to 110 mph. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate, and governors in Florida and Alabama have already declared states of emergency.

"We urge people to take this dangerous hurricane very seriously and make their final storm preparations now," said Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. "The Red Cross is working closely with state and local authorities in Florida, Alabama and Georgia to support evacuation centers for as many as 30,000 people who may need a safe place to stay during the storm."

Evacuation centers are meant to safely house people for about 72 hours until the storm passes and weather conditio....

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