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.

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GIVE

Many people are still living without power or proper shelter. Residents of more rural communities are especially struggling. Your financial contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund will be used for urgent human needs.

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VOLUNTEER

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.

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VISIT

Many of our beautiful Panhandle beach towns were spared the wrath of Michael. Another way you can help the region recover is to vacation on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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INVEST

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.

AREAS SEVERELY IMPACTED BY HURRICANE MICHAEL 

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