David M., Red Cross relief worker, shelter team, New Hampshire, and shelter manager of the Red Cross shelter in Islamorada, Fla.

Evacuation Centers/Shelters vs. Post-Storm Shelters: Knowing the Difference

In September 2017, when Hurricane Irma was barreling toward the Florida peninsula as a Category 5 hurricane, state and local officials ordered the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history. The Red Cross was ready to provide supplies and teams of disaster volunteers to staff evacuation centers/shelters where residents who had no place to go could seek refuge, and to stay if they could not return home after the storm.

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