Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle on October 10 as
a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph. The winds and rain
continued across Georgia and the Carolinas with widespread flooding.
These areas had already been hit last month by Hurricane Florence. Michael killed at least 36 people. Estimates of damage from the storm currently are in the $25 to $38 billion range.
The UCC's Response
Oct. 19-20 UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth and a colleague from the American Red Cross had the opportunity to survey damage to Panama City, Fla. "It looked like a war zone," he confirmed, adding, "Don't go. Checkpoints are keeping spontaneous 'helpers' out while crisis cleanup continues."
UCC Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation currently unfolding with Michael in communications with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators. "We will be supporting long-term recovery from Hurricane Michael," Wolgemuth said, encouraging donations of money for that purpose.
The widespread impact from Florence, Mangkhut and now Michael has prompted UCC Disaster Ministries to establish a 2018 Hurricane Relief response that will allow us to expand our current capacities and respond through our established networks and partners in the threatened regions, states and territories.
DONATE ONLINE OR BY CHECK:
United Church of Christ
Attn: Financial Services
700 Prospect Ave. 6th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115
Please write "2018 Hurricane Relief"
in the memo line of your check.
UCC Disaster Ministries is encouraging continued prayer for all the families, individuals, first responders and emergency management staff in the region and urges all in the hurricane's path to heed all local and regional warnings.
If you are in a threatened or affected area, have family and friends there, or are planning to visit a threatened or affected area, please heed the local and regional warnings being issued.
October 12, 2018 - UCC Disaster Ministries Poised to Assist After Hurricane Michael