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Hurricane Michael: How to help those affected

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Clark.com Staff

Hurricane Michael is speedily approaching the Florida Gulf Coast with destructive winds and a storm surge that is expected to wreak havoc upon the Florida Panhandle.

Preparations for the weather began days ago when storm projections tracked its course toward the Gulf of Mexico and into the Southern states. You may be wondering what you can do to assist those affected by Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Michael: How to help those in the path

As officials with the federal, state and local governments continue to track the menacing storm, numerous charities are ready to assist with relief efforts. Charity Navigator has a list of highly rated, trustworthy organizations. Here are some of them:

Hurricane Michael relief efforts: Donate to these reputable charities

These organizations will provide assistance to the affected communities in Florence’s wake. Donors can choose to donate to specific causes on the organizations’ respective websites, or use Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket to complete their donations.

Charity Navigator

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These highly-rated charities will be delivering aid to the in the wake of . Donate today. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=6806 

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The American Red Cross

The Red Cross continues to organize its efforts by assisting evacuation efforts for tens of thousands of people in Michael’s path. The agency said you can help people affected by storms and countless other crises by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donatio

American Red Cross

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As heads towards the southeast, we are supporting evacuation centers for tens of thousands of people as they seek safety from the storm. Here’s how to prepare➡️ https://rdcrss.org/2C5CM6e 

Americares

Americares, a health-focused disaster relief organization, is also urging people to get out of the storm’s path. The organization has created a disaster checklist for those in harm’s way. Americares is accepting donations to send medicine and aid to those in need.

Americares: Restoring Health

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Storm surge is the main reason emergency management tells ppl to evacuate—be ready to evacutate for . Michael, now CAT4 is only about 100 mi S-SW of Panama City FL. A CAT4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the FL Panhandle! http://bit.ly/2ybb84S 

We Hate Hurricanes | Americares

The next emergency doesn’t have a name or date, but we’re ready for whatever it brings. September is National Preparedness Month, time to focus on keeping families and communities safe.

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Team Rubicon

The relief organization enlists veterans to help natural disaster-hit communities rebuild around the country. Donate to Team Rubicon here.

United Way

The venerable organization is giving a helping hand to affected communities in Florida. Donate to their efforts here.

Salvation Army

The storied organization is mobilizing volunteers to help with the needs of those affected, including enlisting mobile kitchens and more.  Donate to their efforts here.

And we can’t forget about the pets…

American Humane

The organization is getting the word out about emergency rescue efforts to save animals in the path of Michael, as well as the need to have a pet disaster preparedness kit. Donate to their efforts here.

The organization is getting the word out about emergency rescue efforts to save animals in the path of Michael, as well as the need to have a pet disaster preparedness kit. Donate to their efforts here.

American Humane@AmericanHumane

As prepares to make landfall, a reminder that your pets need YOU to protect them from this potentially deadly storm. Have an emergency evacuation plan & a pet disaster preparedness kit ready – and visit http://americanhumane.org  for more tips on staying safe.

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