Temporary Program Suspension
HEALTH AND SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT – COVID 19
We have suspended operations for at least two months at locations around the world in response to the global threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This proactive measure is intended to minimize the risk COVID-19 poses to the communities we serve, our volunteers and staff; the health and safety of our All Hands and Hearts’ community is our foremost priority. We remain committed to finishing the work we began, once the global situation stabilizes.
FLORIDA HURRICANE RELIEF
Disaster Profile: Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, as a Category 5 hurricane. With record-breaking wind speeds of 160mph, Michael is the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida Panhandle and the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States. Tracking across the Southeastern United States, it caused power outages for 1.2 million residents in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas. Communities across the region were devastated, with full towns in the Florida Panhandle demolished beyond recognition.
Program Re-opening: Marianna, Florida – Temporary Suspension
Our Florida Hurricane Relief program is currently on hold. We have suspended all operations, in response to the global COVID-19 situation, to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve.
After wrapping up our first program in December 2019, our U.S. assessment team returned to Florida to assess areas still in need of assistance. Based on discussions with case management agencies and partner organizations, we have decided to re-open our Hurricane Michael Relief. The program will focus on the Jackson County area, working on mucking and gutting, debris removal, mold sanitation, chainsawing, home repairs and renewal projects. This program will commence once it is safe for us to do so.
Phase I: Panama City, Florida (October, 2018 to December, 2019)
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 focused just outside Youngstown, Florida. Our initial efforts were chainsawing, debris removal and residential flood cleanup; we then worked on mucking and gutting homes, as well as performing mold sanitations.
Our Hurricane Michael program officially transitioned to the recovery phase in June 2019 and began rebuild work on affected homes; we worked in tandem with local community partners to effectively support recovery and helped more than 800 people.
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