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American Red Cross  Visit our website for important updates on #HurricaneIrma and #HurricaneHarvey.

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Here is a glimpse of the #RedCross base camp for relief workers under construction in Big Pine Key, #Florida in response to #Hurricane #Irma. The tent camp will house up to 80 Red Cross relief workers for up to six months. The camp comes from our friends at the Danish Red Cross Emergency Response Unit, which deploys around the world to major disasters. 📸 by Marko Kokic for the American Red Cross

In Lehigh Acres, #Florida, Yesenia and her children Terrell, Mia, Darrell and Jayden receive meals from American #RedCross volunteer Keith from Long Beach, California. Terrell assists with interpreting in sign language so that Red Cross volunteers can converse with his mother. 📸 by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross #HurricaneIrma

#RedCross #volunteer Mike Nealon visits with Mileyshka, 5, at the Red Cross #shelter in Sugarloaf Key, #Florida. The shelter is one of 19 still open in Florida providing food, comfort, and support to residents impacted by #HurricaneIrma. In the last four weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners have provided nearly 1 million (985,000) overnight stays in emergency shelters due to the devastation wrought by three historic #hurricanes - #Harvey, #Irma and #Maria. Shelters were opened in eight states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently more than 5,300 Red Cross disaster workers remain on the ground providing relief for the thousands affected by these storms.

In #Naples, #Florida, the #RedCross partners with the #Volusia County Sheriff’s Office to bring hot meals and water to the Sunny Acres Mobile Park, a community that suffered from flooding after #Hurricane #Irma. The food was loaded from a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle into a high water truck that could get into the community to deliver 150 meals to the residents. 📸 by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross

“My childhood dream was to become a Red Cross volunteer,” says Chian-Ian. She’s part of a #RedCross mobile team taking hot meals to people impacted by Hurricane #Irma in the #Florida Keys. Chian-Ian also responded to Superstorm Sandy and tornadoes in #Oklahoma.

Red Cross #volunteer Mike recently finished his service with the U.S. Air Force following tours in Afghanistan, Korea, Germany and Kentucky. “I’ve seen the impacts of disaster and wanted to do something to help,” he said. Mike is just one of the many #RedCross volunteers helping in the Florida Keys. Nearly 3,000 Red Cross workers are responding to #Irma now, with more than 300 more volunteers on the way.

#RedCross #volunteer Julie Fox gets to visit the 10-week-old Labrador-Pitt Bull mix puppy that she is going to #adopt at the home of a local animal rescuer. Julie, on her first deployment, was at a kitchen in Sugar Land, #Texas, when a #Hurricane #Harvey victim who was leaving the state dropped the puppy off to her and quickly left. Just last year, Julie tragically lost her dog and cat to a home fire. “Everything happens for a reason,” she said, “this puppy was meant for me to take back home.” She appropriately named her new pet #Harvey.

In Fort Myers, #Florida, a retirement community of trailer and mobile homes off of Route 41 is completely flooded. It is one of many areas across the state that has been impacted by #Hurricane #Irma. The American Red Cross has a launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by this devastating storm. We are part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide #help to those in need. 📸 by Daniel Cima for the American #RedCross

The #RedCross continues to work around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of #HurricaneHarvey. Last night, more than 7,500 people sought refuge in 33 Red Cross and partner shelters across #Texas. To date, there have been more than 350,000 overnight shelter stays for Hurricane Harvey. Along with our partners, we have served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks in Texas thanks to the dedicated efforts of more than 3,400 Red Cross disaster workers on the ground in Texas, with an additional 500 on the way.

We have a massive relief effort underway to provide safe refuge to people in the path of Irma’s fury. On Saturday, at Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School in Miami Dade, School Principal Elio Falcon said, "The Red Cross and the National Guard have been wonderful; all of our shelter residents feel safe here.” The #RedCross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need. More than 1,800 Red Cross workers are responding to #Irma now with 400 more volunteers on the way.

Over the weekend, #Florida residents and their pets hunkered down in evacuation centers like Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School in Miami Dade. On Sunday night, an estimated 208,000 people sought refuge from Hurricane #Irma in more than 680 government and #RedCross evacuation centers across six states in addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As we prepare for #Hurricane #Irma, our first priority is working with government and community partners to open #evacuation centers to provide people safe refuge. Evacuation centers are intended to provide immediate protection and save the lives of those in the path of this catastrophic and deadly storm. They will likely not have cots and blankets. Light snacks and water will be available in most situations.
Therefore, anyone coming to a hurricane evacuation center should bring their #emergency supplies kit with a minimum 3-day supply for each person of the following items: water (1 gallon per person, per day); food (non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items), bedding; medication, medical items and supplies; sanitation and personal hygiene items; and baby supplies. Please note that residents and pets will not be turned away from evacuation centers once tropical storm force winds begin. Anyone bringing a pet or service animal to an evacuation center should also bring enough water, food and other supplies for the animal. Please share with anyone who may be in Hurricane Irma's path. Stay #safe!

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