PROVIDING POST-HURRICANE ASSISTANCE TO FLORIDA'S PANHANDLE COMMUNITIES
When Hurricane Michael made landfall on Oct. 10, 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 45 dead -- 35 in Florida -- and destroying whole towns. But the recovery from Michael will be anything but fast, with damage estimated at $4.5 billion.
Rebuild 850 was created by two former Florida Speakers of the House -- Allan Bense and Will Weatherford -- in partnership with former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, Volunteer Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Florida League of Cities, the Florida Association of Counties, United Way of Florida, the American Red Cross, the Florida Press Association, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, the FAIR Foundation, “Get Ready, Florida!”, the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida Society of Association Executives, United Way of the Big Bend, and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to keep North Florida's recovery front and center and to marshal ongoing support.
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.