An emergency response team from Stamford, Connecticut-based Americares is heading to Florida and preparing shipments of relief supplies as Hurricane Dorian intensifies.
Forecasters said the Category 1 hurricane is expected to bulk up into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of 130 mph before broadsiding the U.S. on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia.
“Hurricane Dorian has the potential to cause significant damage and millions of people are in its path,” Brian Scheel, director of emergency response for Americares, said in a statement. “Our relief workers are ready to help address the most pressing health needs of families affected by the storm.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 26 Florida counties in the path of the storm, including all of South Florida.
The Americares emergency response team is expected to arrive in Orlando, Fla., tomorrow.
The organization said it is also preparing shipments of cleaning supplies and hygiene products and contacting partner health clinics located in the path of the storm with offers of assistance.