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Here’s how you can help the victims of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, bringing 155 mph winds, storm surges, flash floods and heavy rains, leaving destruction in its wake.

But news of the coming disaster also brought charities and volunteers to the scene to help with immediate rescues and long-term recovery. You can assist these efforts through the Public Good website, by clicking here.

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Folks who had to evacuate from Michael’s path can let friends and family know they are safe through the American Red Cross website’s Safe and Well page and Facebook’s Safety Check on its Hurricane Michael Crisis Response page. Both of these tools can also be used to check on people you know in the area.

The American Red Cross is also encouraging people to give blood. It is reporting a critical need for both blood and platelet donations. You can make an appointment either online, through its blood donor app or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Other organizations, including the Salvation Army and Global Giving, are taking donations to help assist victims of the storm. The Humane Society is helping animals who may have been left behind when families evacuated the storm zone. If you’re interested in helping or fostering animals, click here.

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