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.
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.