PROVIDING POST-HURRICANE ASSISTANCE TO FLORIDA'S PANHANDLE COMMUNITIES
When Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, 2018, it was the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, with wind speeds of up to 155 mph. The storm moved quickly, prompting the evacuation of 140,000 people just one day after reaching hurricane status. In one more day, the storm would be gone, leaving at least 43 dead in Florida and destroying whole towns. But the recovery from Michael will be anything but fast, with estimated damage of at least $5 billion.
REBUILD 850 was launched on November 1, 2018, just three weeks after Hurricane Michael made landfall, to keep North Florida’s recovery front and center and to marshal ongoing support. REBUILD 850 is co-chaired by former Florida House Speakers Allan Bense and Will Weatherford and former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham. They are joined by a diverse group of dedicated partner organizations urging citizens everywhere to visit, volunteer, donate, and invest in the region that has been so devastated by Hurricane Michael.
Many hands are still needed to sort and distribute donated items and support victims. Volunteer Florida can connect you with opportunities to help that fit your schedule, skills and interests.
With the right vision, towns impacted by Hurricane Michael will come back stronger than ever. Be part of the Florida Panhandle’s bright future by investing in vacation, residential or commercial property now and be part of creating the future.
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The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are distributed to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery.