Hurricane Michael Relief: What's Happening and How to Help
The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, about 20 miles from Panama City on Oct. 10, 2018 with winds up to 155 mph. Several of GlobalGiving’s local nonprofit partners are preparing to respond and have asked us to help fund any necessary relief and recovery efforts on the ground.
The projects below, as part of GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, will provide emergency funding to locally driven relief efforts, providing food, medicine, and other essential supplies to help people impacted by the storm.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future disasters. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors and subscribers.
After spending another week in Bay County Florida, we want to turn our focus (if possible) to the relief aspect of the mission, as well as recovery. This mission is what will help people get needed supplies before the cold season arrives. We would like to do a massive month-long blanket, hygiene, clothing and food operation that will help thousands get the very basics of normal life in-hand before the rapidly approaching Winter (and holidays) arrive.
Hurricane Michael has devastated Florida. This fund will provide diapers at no cost to struggling families, who are recovering and rebuilding. When we think about disaster recovery, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water. Diapers are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with winds reaching 155 miles per hour, making Michael the strongest hurricane to hit the Panhandle on record, and the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years. At the request of the Florida Department of Health, International Medical Corps has deployed medical personnel to provide support at health facilities and shelters as they deal with this devastating storm.
Habitat for Humanity International is activating its response to Hurricane Michael. Habitat is working with its local organizations throughout the storm's path to gather early assessments of the impact in their service areas. Formal assessments will take place over the next several days after first responders are able to complete their work. Initial reports indicate significant wind damage, storm surge and flash flooding in communities in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.