Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, leaving more than 1 million homes and businesses without power.
On "Good Morning America" Thursday, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said deaths from the hurricane may reach hundreds.
As it leaves a path of devastation in its wake, people may want to help. Here's how to do that:
Hurricane Ian:See initial damage reports from Southwest Florida
One way to help Floridians and others affected by the hurricane is to donate money. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are trained in responding to disasters like Hurricane Ian.
Donations to the American Red Cross can be made online or by phone at 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669). Donors can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations also can be made to the Salvation Army online or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a guide on disaster relief donations and volunteering. Read more here.
You can sign up to volunteer with the Salvation Army here: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/volunteer/new/. For new volunteers, training is necessary before heading to a disaster site.
More information on becoming a Red Cross volunteer is available here: rdcrss.org/3RpkFeq.
The Red Cross has an "urgent need" for blood donations in the wake of Hurricane Ian, according to their website. You can find a blood drive in your area by searching your zip code here: rcblood.org/3E1zhh4, or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
🌀 HURRICANE IAN REQUEST: 🌀
Although we don't typically service hospitals in Florida, we've sent several hundred type O blood products to our partner in the state to ensure blood remains available for patients in areas expected to be impacted by the storm. 🧵 (1/2) pic.twitter.com/IyJWE6wdGJ
— American Red Cross #HurricaneIan (@RedCross) September 28, 2022
Local Florida charities to support
Florida authorities are encouraging people to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, Florida's private disaster relief fund, online or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a $10 donation. You can donate here: www.volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf/.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Here's how to help with Hurricane Ian disaster relief efforts