Streets of Bay County
We hope and pray all is well for you who are reading this.
As we prepare for the 2nd week of hurricane season, we look at the current state of Panama City, Mexico Beach and all of Bay County.
Our most recent missions were done north of those areas in Callaway. For two days we issued necessary food and toiletry items to about 150 families. We can never say thank you enough to you, our partners and family, who have seen us through the mission thus far.
We will shed light on the overall conditions now.
Roughly 10% of families have left the county (according to quite a few locals). Their homes were obliterated and they had no choice. Those who remain are receiving very little help, if any, from government agencies. FEMA has beed a nonfactor in many cases and the county has no monies being issued as relief funds from the government were idle due to voting in Congress for many months. Now that an alottment has been passed, it will take weeks if not months to dispurse and many people feel (and we see) that those efforts in many cases will be too little too late as the extreme of damage has been done.
In essence what we are saying is: where 3-4 months ago, if a family needed simple roof patching or shop-vac/ drywall assistance because of the lack of response the same family situation may now require a complete rebuild (due to mold, corrosion and dilapidated structures) however, the government has no plans on upping the families alottment. Also, insurance companies in the region have pulled out (closed down) in many cases.
Hundreds (if not thousands) remain in tents, make-shift homes and temporaryily over crowded single family units.
Please spread the word today about our efforts!
We thank you so much for all of your prayers and support!