Hurricane Michael was the first category 5 hurricane to hit the United States since 1992 and caused widespread damage and power outages in communities across Florida's Panhandle. From providing emergency food, water, and fuel to residents in the immediate aftermath of the storm to now supporting ongoing, long-term recovery, all donations to this fund will exclusively support recovery efforts for this disaster.
Hurricane Michael's 160 mph winds and torrential rains damaged homes, businesses, hospitals, and shut down major roadways. Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, and claimed more than 59 lives in the United States.
All donations to this fund will support Hurricane Michael recovery and relief efforts in the United States. Initially, the fund helped first responders meet immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Now that initial relief work is complete, this fund has transitioned to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are best positioned to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like hurricanes. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, there's potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.
When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.
They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.