Here’s How to Help Florida Residents after Hurricane Michael

The Florida panhandle holds a special place in Middle Tennesseans hearts. There are several counties that were devastated by Hurricane Michael so we are doing what we can to help. Below you can find resources for residents as well as ways to donate to help the victims of this ferocious storm. We will be updating this article as we get more information.

Information and Resources to Share with Friends Affected by Hurricane Michael

Let Friends and Family Know You are Safe

Check in with the Red Cross and let your family and friends know that you are safe and well. You can also search those that have registered to make sure your family members have checked in.

You can also check in using Facebook’s crisis response tool. It also allows friends and family to search for those that have marked themselves as safe.

State Assistance Information Line – this toll-free hotline provides Florida residents with road closure information, available/open shelters, and re-entry information once it is safe to return to the area. 1-800-342-3557

Emergency Information from Florida Emergency Management – this includes a list of open shelters, curfews, family reunification tools, county emergency management contacts, as well as how to report debris.

Local News Resources

WJHG – News 7 – You can also get the latest from the station’s Facebook page.

WMBB – News 13 – watch the live stream directly on the website.

Gulf County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page

Calhoun County Emergency Management Facebook page

Road Closures

Florida Highway Patrol’s Live Traffic Condition Report – this live map has up to date information about road closures. – this website also has closures

If you are on the road, you can dial *347 (FHP) from your cell phone to report any unsafe road conditions.

How to Support Those Affected by Hurricane Michael

Here is a list of organizations in Florida that you can support and send donations to reach those that have evacuated and have potentially lost their homes.

You can also get information from the Tennessee Department of Emergency Management. 


National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – You can connect with state and local authorities here to donate or volunteer.

Volunteer Florida – donate directly to the Florida Disaster Fund, which is managed by the state of Florida. You can also register as a volunteer.

Salvation Army – Donations are used to provide emergency assistance to survivors of the Hurricane as well as first responders. You can read the latest information on the Salvation Army’s relief efforts here.

United Methodist Church – The Alabama- West Florida Conference of the UMC is mobilizing disaster relief on the ground. Get more information HERE including where to donate and what is needed.

Matthew 25: Ministries – This organization based in Cincinnati is collecting donations as well as supplies to take to the affected areas in Florida.

Americares – Emergency teams are being deployed to provide health care support. You can make a monetary online donation.

GlobalGiving – This foundation is highly rated by both Charity Navigator and the BBB. They collect funds and distribute them directly to local organizations that are responding to the disaster.

Habitat for Humanity – The charity will help rebuild homes in the area.

Animal Relief

SPCA Florida – Donate to the SPCA in Florida so they can help rescue and care for pets affected by the hurricane.

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Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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