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

Posted: 5:06 PM, Oct 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-10 21:06:56Z

When Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, it brought 150 miles per hour winds, 14-foot storm surges, flash floods and heavy rains.

But news of this coming disaster also brought charities and volunteers to the scene to help with immediate rescues and long-term recovery. You can assist these efforts by clicking the 'Take Action' button below or through  this link .

If you are in the hurricane's path or had to evacuate, you can let friends and family know that you are safe through the American Red Cross  Safe and Well page  and Facebook's Safety Check on their  Hurricane Michael Crisis Response page . Both of these tools can also be used to check on people you know in the area.

Other ways to assist

Community blood centers in the region are urging the public to donate. All blood types are needed along with platelet and plasma donors.

The not-for-profit blood center  OneBlood , can be found in almost all of the counties in Florida and in the southern regions of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. You can search for their blood drives  here , or by calling 1-888-936-6283.

Lifesafe , which serves hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, provides an  online tool  to find a donor center or mobile drive near you, or you can call 1-888-795-2707 to make an appointment to donate.

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