Local American Red Cross Workers Help Hurricane Michael Evacuees

Posted: 8:53 PM, Oct 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 03:15:31Z

Multiple agencies from the mid-state traveled south to help Hurricane Michael evacuees and those near the danger zone.

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Katy Hagstrom was supposed to be at an American Red Cross conference in Tampa. Instead, it was canceled and she was immediately deployed.

"Now we are all hunkering down making sure that our volunteers and those who evacuated are safe," she said.

Katy lives in Clarksville. She is the executive director of the American Red Cross' Tennessee River chapter. She is working as an American Red Cross liaison to government officials in Dothan, Alabama. 

Hagstrom said, "The main need for the evacuees right now is a safe place to stay. In the next days that could change."

They have 4 open shelters for evacuees in Southeast Alabama. Two other volunteers from her chapter are in Macon, Georgia at evacuation shelters. 

Hagstrom said, "In the past couple weeks we have deployed 118 volunteers and staff members for both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael."

Once damage is assessed, they will go back to the drawing board. 

"We are just ready to prepare and respond and help those in their recovery efforts wherever needed," Hagstrom said.

If you're an evacuee, you can download the Red Cross emergency app to find shelters near you.

If you would like to help Hurricane victims you can donate at 1-800-RED-CROSS,  here, or text MICHAEL to 90999 to give a $10 donation.