Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10th, 2018 as a Category 5 hurricane. The storm was re-categorized from a Category 4 to a Category 5 by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in April 2019, after conducting a detailed post-storm analysis. With maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, it was the third most intense Atlantic Hurricane to make landfall in the United States. The record-breaking wind speeds made it the strongest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle and only the second known category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf coast.
Michael moved across the Southeastern United States, where strong winds caused 1.2 million power outages across the region. The states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina were affected. Sadly, 45 individuals lost their lives as a result of the storm.
Assessing the immense and widespread destruction of the storm, our Hurricane Michael Rapid Response team jumped into action. Identifying a great need in Bay and Calhoun Counties, the majority of our work was focused just outside Youngstown, Florida. Our initial efforts were in chainsawing, debris removal and residential flood cleanup. Over time, we began work mucking and gutting homes, as well as performing mold sanitations on mold infested homes.
This past month, our Hurricane Michael program officially transitioned into the recovery phase and the team began rebuild work on our first two homes. The team will continue to complete response work, such as mucking, gutting, debris removal and mold sanitation, as nearly nine months have passed and we still find homeowners who have received little to no assistance.
Based on the high needs still present in Bay County we have extended and expanded our program, committing to long-term recovery efforts in Florida through December 2019.
We continue to provide assistance to homeowners in Bay County, filling the immediate and unmet needs of those still struggling to recovery. We have been able to rebuild homes and continue helping hurricane survivors with thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partners and donors.
Please donate or volunteer today to help families impacted by Hurricane Michael. Thank you for supporting our disaster relief work!
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