How Tampa Bay Can Help After Hurricane Michael

posted by Ryan Gorman - 

Hurricane Michael had a devastating impact on the Panhandle - killing some, injuring many, and leaving thousands displaced with no where to turn. Many in the Tampa Bay area want to lend a helping hand to our neighbors, and step up in their time of need. Here's a list of some ways you can assist:

A donation to the American Red Cross is a great way to assist those affected by Hurricane Michael. Over 1,400 volunteers are currently working in the area, and so far more than 300,000 meals and snacks have been served to those affected. You have the option to donate by mail, phone or through an easy-to-use online form. Donations are tax deductible. 

Through the organization Volunteer Florida, you can donate to help the cause, or register as a volunteer to help different disaster relief groups throughout the Panhandle. 

Many individuals are in need of medical care following the storm, and there are a few organizations specifically assisting that demographic. Health care centers in the Panhandle are receiving monetary assistance from Americares, and the American Kidney Fund is working to “assist dialysis patients affected by Hurricane Michael”. International Medical Corps is working with the Florida Department of Health to send teams of doctors and nurses to assist patients. All of these groups are accepting online donations. 

There's lots of ways to step up and help out, and it's important to remember that assistance is needed not only immediately following a hurricane, but for the weeks and months after it hits as well. Listen to PM Tampa Bay for updates on the latest news, including the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and how the Panhandle is recovering from the devastation. 

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