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RED CROSS HEADS SOUTH

Laura Cal­la­han, of Mil­ford, has been as­signed to Tal­la­has­see, Fla., to help with shel­ter­ing vic­tims af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Michael. She is one of the scores of Red Cross vol­un­teers from Con­necti­cut, Rhode Is­land and Mas­sachusetts be­ing deployed to help dur­ing the dis­as­ter.

Michael is the se­cond hur­ri­cane in just weeks to hit the South­east. The gov­er­nors of Florida and Alabama have al­ready de­clared states of emergency.

Wed­nes­day night, about 7,800 peo­ple stayed in as many as 95 Red Cross and com­mu­nity evac­u­a­tion cen­ters across Florida, Ge­or­gia and Alabama.

Since Oct. 9, more than 4.6 mil­lion weather alerts have been is­sued through Red Cross apps, al­low­ing peo­ple to make in­formed and life­sav­ing de­ci­sions.

More than 2,700 trained Red Cross dis­as­ter workers re­main on the ground in North Carolina and South Carolina, con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide food, shel­ter and other re­lief ser­vices from Hur­ri­cane Florence. As of Mon­day night, more than 560 peo­ple were still in 12 shel­ters, pri­mar­ily in North Carolina. To date, the Red Cross and part­ners have served more than 1.53 mil­lion meals and snacks, and distributed more than 300,700 re­lief items through­out the af­fected ar­eas.

To do­nate to the Red Cross, visit red­cross.org, call 800-RED CROSS or text the word RED­CROSS to 90999 to make a $10 do­na­tion.

Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Kinder­gartener Noah Ne­gron, 5, sits be­hind the wheel of En­gine 16 with the help of East End Hose Com­pany No. 3 fire­fighter Mike Spadaro at Irv­ing School in Derby on Wed­nes­day. Oc­to­ber is Fire Safety Aware­ness Month.

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