The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm continues to strengthen and takes aim at the southeast coast of the United States.
The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend.
As of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 15 volunteers from the Tennessee Region are being deployed from around the region to help with shelters and emergency operations in Georgia and Florida prior to storm impact. They will be assisting with setting up shelters, working as disaster mental health associates, managing disaster operations, and working in public affairs for the Red Cross. More volunteers are expected to deploy as this situation develops.
Evacuation shelters are likely to open this weekend. Anyone who needs a safe place to go will be able to find information for open Red Cross shelters in our free Emergency App. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps.
You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit 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. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.
· Ensure your donation helps people affected by Hurricane Dorian by choosing that option on redcross.org/donate or 1-800-RED CROSS. Full details are available on redcross.org.
For Tennessee Region media inquiries please contact Sherri McKinney, Regional Director of Communications and Marketing, at 615-425-6679 or by email at Sherri.McKinney@RedCross.org.