Last year the Red Cross provided 79,000 nights of emergency shelter. In the first nine months of this year, it provided 807,000.
Disasters are pushing Americans out of their homes for longer, new data suggest, a worrisome new sign of the human toll of climate change.
Experts worried Covid would stop people from heeding evacuation orders during this year's hurricane + fire seasons. The data reveal a different problem: As disasters keep coming, demand for emergency shelter has exploded.
The demand for emergency shelter has skyrocketed this year, smashing the previous record of 2017 -- and we're still in wildfire and hurricane season.
Think about this: "The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change." So sad to read this headline, but so proud to work for the ⛑️
EXCLUSIVE: In the United States, the Red Cross is sheltering historic numbers of displaced people as climate-driven disasters—hurricanes and wildfires—cascade and worsen. By
“This is an exceptional year, ” said Trevor Riggen, a Red Cross official, And we’re not even close to done.” A stunner from