Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, as a Category 5 hurricane. The storm was re-categorized from a Ccategory 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 transitioned to the recovery phase in June 2019 and began rebuild work on affected homes; the team completed their first home in July and worked in tandem with local community partners to effectively support recovery.
Our team also worked closely with the local Boys and Girls Club to rehabilitate their facility for use by the community’s children.
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