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.
On October 10th, 2018, Hurricane Michael hit the coast of Florida as a category 4 storm. 155 mph winds have left more than one million residents without power throughout the Southeastern US. The damage is shocking. Entire homes were swept away and destroyed by the storm, leaving families homeless and desperate for assistance. In keeping with our mission, All Hands and Hearts will be operating a Rapid Response Program to help underserved, heavily damaged communities regain a sense of normalcy.
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.
This project funds immediate needs services, temporary housing and transition to permanent housing for 50 of the most vulnerable people impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. Solution: housing Provides a platform for recovery Housing Provides Safety Housing Provides connection with community Housing Saves the community in emergency services