October 11, 2018 10:56 AM
The Florida coast is now taking a direct hit from Hurricane Michael, and clean-up and recovery there will be a long-term concern.
That's why volunteers from the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross are preparing to help.
The effort comes just weeks after the organization dispatched more than 80 volunteers from Minnesota for Hurricane Florence relief.
"It's still going on," said Phillip Hansen, the CEO of the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross.
"There's still a significant effort going on in the Carolinas. And now again we're going to have a significant effort that we're going to need to meet the challenge in Florida, Alabama and other parts of the South."
Shelters are available across the southeastern portion of the U.S. - from Alabama all the way to North Carolina. The Red Cross maintains a list of available shelters online.
In total, the American Red Cross has served close to 1.5 million meals in the storm zone.
Now with Hurricane Michael making landfall, it is pivoting some of its focus to other areas while also sending new crews to help out.
It's something local volunteers are proud to do.
"It's an amazing privilege to be able to do this," Hansen said. "To stand with someone at the time when they've lost everything and give them something back - to be in that space with people when that happens is an amazing thing."
To find out ways you can help, visit the Minnesota Red Cross online.
Updated: October 11, 2018 10:56 AM
Created: October 10, 2018 05:10 PM
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