Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 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 is 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 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia were affected.
Assessing the immense and widespread destruction of the storm, our Rapid Response team jumped into action immediately after the storm’s landfall. Identifying a great need in Bay and Calhoun Counties, the majority of our work was focused just outside Youngstown, Florida. Our initial efforts were chainsawing, debris removal and residential flood cleanup; we have since worked on mucking and gutting homes, as well as performing mold sanitations.
Our Hurricane Michael program officially transitioned to the recovery phase in June and began rebuild work on affected homes; the team completed their first home in July. The collaborative efforts required to rebuild this first home, proved to be a wonderful example of how working in tandem with local community partners can more effectively support recovery.
We will also continue undertaking response work, such as mucking, gutting, debris removal and mold sanitation, as nearly 11 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 committed to long-term recovery efforts in Florida through December 2019.
We arrive early and stay until the job is done. The time to get involved is now. Please make a donation or register to volunteer today! Thank you for supporting our disaster relief efforts.
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