On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael completely devastated the Florida Panhandle. Homes were leveled, and many people are left with nothing. A breakdown in cell and internet service prevents residents from calling for help, leaving many stranded among the devastation.
It takes a village.
Anne Hinze lives near the counties most affected by Hurricane Michael’s devastation. She and her family were lucky enough to not sustained severe damage during the storm but Anne and her husband knew that many people needed assistance. In this special episode, Anne gives a first-hand account of what’s happening in the Florida panhandle and she implores all of us to help in any way we can. After the storm’s wrath, they went into some of the most devastated communities and witnessed, firsthand, what people were facing. Along with Crowdsource Rescue, they travel from door to door assisting where needed, to the best of their ability.
We must keep talking about this.
Incredible devastation extends beyond the physical destruction of buildings. Those living in the poorer areas of Bay County have no way of escaping their current conditions. With little to no money available for common essentials such as gas, food staples, and water, these residents are stranded. They are taking shelter in abandoned trailers, staying in their own trailer even if the stability is uncertain, or creating makeshift shelters from tarps, mattresses, and other debris. This is an unimaginable reality for so many.
How you can help!
Anne’s team carries a vehicle fully stocked with nearly everything stranded residents could need – tools to clear roads and walkways, food, hygiene items, baby items, first aid. They need our help to continue rescue and support efforts. With a severe breakdown in the communication of resources, we ask you to support Florida’s local outreach organizations.
If you would like to make physical donations directly to Anne’s team, she created an Amazon Wish List comprised of specific items of need. You can purchase items from Anne’s wishlist right now! Your donation will go directly and immediately to those who need it most.
Anne recommends financially donating to the following churches and organizations on an ongoing basis. These reputable organizations are actually in the communities doing what is necessary to help people. Long-term commitments are needed to continue supporting these devastated communities.