A Just Michael Recovery

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Hurricane Michael

Florida Panhandle Frontline Support & Resources

This webpage is being continually updated and is serving as a central information source for frontline-to-frontline direct resource & support mobilization for our region. 

 


WHERE TO DONATE MONEY

  • Earth Ethics is a non-profit organization who works on environmental and social justice issues. Based in Northwest Florida, we are mobilizing to bring supplies to the areas in the greatest need. Please make a financial donation at  http://earthethics.us/donations/ so we can get the supplies we need to assist others. Email earthethicsaction@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer to help or would like to donate items. We are collecting items for individuals – see the personal supplies list below for more information. Collections are happening in Pensacola (Escambia County, Navarre (Santa Rosa County), and Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa County), Florida.
  • Louisiana Cajun Navy Rescue. Relieve. Rebuild. “We don’t wait for the help, We are the help! We the people of Louisiana refuse to stand by and wait for help in the wake of disasters in our state and the country. We rise up to unite and help rescue our neighbors! Our mission is to help the people who can’t get help, not only in the wake of disaster, but in everyday life.” Learn how you can help or donate, by visiting http://www.louisianacajunnavy.org/.
  • No Town Left Behind helps communities who have been affected by natural disasters on many levels. From distributing emergency supplies to search and rescue operations, we believe “many hands lighten the load for all.” We’re looking for big hearted givers who want to help us serve and love more people. Please join our community relief efforts, there’s so much to do… anyone can help! Visit https://www.notownleftbehind.org/ to learn how you can volunteer.
  • Be Ready Alliance’s mission is to reduce loss of life, injury, property damage, environmental impact and economic loss due to disaster, through fostering communication, cooperation, collaboration and coordination among community, faith-based, non-profit, private and public organizations active in one or more phases of emergency management.​ http://bereadyalliance.org/ – 1301 W Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502 -Email: Brace@BeReadyAlliance.org -FaceBook.com/BRACEBeReady – Twitter.com/BRACEBeReady (850) 444-7135.

  • NAACP of Bay County – 320 E 7th St, Panama City, FL 32401 – (850) 763-5381 – https://www.facebook.com/BayCountyBranchOfTheNAACP-

  • Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County, Inc. – mail donations to PO Box 335 – Eastpoint, Fl 32328, 850-509-5009 or email ecccfranklin@gmail.com

  • NAACP of Okaloosa County: 1339 Green Acres Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 – (850) 301-2095 www.okaloosanaacp.org


 

RELIEF, RESPONSE & RECOVERY RESOURCES – TBA

RECOVERY SUPPLIES NEEDED – TBA

 

If you are collecting supplies yourself, or for a supply drive, please see below:

If supplies are going to a large shelter, separate them into large categories (diapers, flood, medix). If supplies are going to be dispersed to individuals, arrange quick packs of needed items (toothbrush & paste, tampons, TP, water, protein bars)

If you are purchasing goods to bring down immediately, prioritize medical & personal. cleanup and household will be needed once water levels lower.

PERSONAL SUPPLIES

  • Basic toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, period products (diva cups, pads, tampons etc), hair care, soap, lotion, talcum powder
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
  • Baby formula and baby food (MREs do not meet nutritional needs of infants), breast pumps, bottles, bottled water, diapers (cloth or disposable), carriers, strollers, car seats
  • Children’s toys, games, puzzles, cards, books, art supplies
  • Water
  • Nonperishable, high nutrient density food
  • New, seasonally appropriate clothes of all sizes (for humid, hot weather)
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, catheters, alcohol wipes, and “diapers” for adults/larger kids with disabilities

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

herbal medicines/tinctures, vitamins, mosquito repellent,ice packs, catheters, colostomy bags, clean needles, bandages (especially the waterproof kinds, NexCare is a good brand), gauze, medical tape (plastic and paper), nitrate medical gloves, antiseptic cleaners, pain relief, sanitizer, tweezers, muscle pain relief balms/ointments, cold remedy (this is just a start. many medical donations would be helpful)

CLEAN UP SUPPLIES

  • Storage – plastic tubs, contractor bags, boxes, buckets, tarps, duct tape, sharpies
  • Work tools – especially for demolition: hammers, axes, shovels, crowbars, tarps, screwdrivers, drills, box cutters and extra blades, crowbars, screwdrivers, drills, wheelbarrows, wire cutters, ladders
  • Cleaning supplies – heavy duty respirator masks (n95 or better), knee high rubber/rain boots, rubber gloves and thick work gloves, bleach, mops, brooms, rakes, garbage bags (especially large contractor bags), sponges, towels, heavy duty paper towels
  • Mold remediation supplies – borax, tea tree oil or vinegar are herbal products that eliminate black mold, as well as commercial “mold control”/other concrobium/ specifically mold-remediation products which tend to go quickly in affected sites.
  • Pest Control Supplies- Fire Ant poison, Diatomaceous earth or other alternatives, Mosquito repellent,

HEALTH AND HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES

  • Dehumidifiers, fans, flashlights, lanterns – especially solar powered
  • Solar power chargers, long-lasting/heavy duty/water-resistant power sticks, batteries of all kinds
  • Dog food and emergency pet supplies like leashes, flea medicine
  • Large coolers, large cooler bags
  • Relevant gift cards: Home Depot, Lowes, Target, IKEA, Walgreen’s, H.E.B.

WORDS OF ADVICE

Here are some ideas how you can reach out to your flooded friends
Remember they are going to feel uncomfortable being in such a position of need. It’s painful to go from being self sufficient one day to suddenly not having a pair of shoes with no car to go and buy some new ones. Try to see a need and fill it without asking “what can I do?” Flooded mamas are exhausted and overwhelmed and it’s hard to answer that question. If you are going to help a friend clean out their homes, see below for recovery supplies that would be useful to bring – a nice thing to consider is to bring fresh fruit and veggies washed and cut up – folks have likely been eating highly processed food out of bags and cans for days.
Ideas for questions to ask:
1. Does everyone in your family have shoes? If not, can I go pick some up? What size?
2. Do you have anyone coming to help you cut out walls? If not, can I call a few water mitigation companies to get quotes for you?
3. Do you have any laundry I can wash?
4. I have hand-me-downs from my kids, what sizes would be helpful?
5. Can I help arrange playdates for your kids?
6. Do you have any medications you would like me to call about getting replaced?
7. I’m making a trip to the grocery/pharmacy/store today, please tell me 3 things I can pickup for you
8. Can I pack a school lunch for your child this week?
9. Is there anywhere I could give you a ride to?
10. I’d like to take you to pickup your rental car. Please call me when it’s available.
11. Please call me when you are ready for a ride home after you drop off your rental car.
Check in with your friend a week or two later. There is a lot of help at the beginning. After a few weeks life goes back to normal for most, but flooded families are still trying to find a new normal and may be moving into apartments or juggling car research before a big purchase, etc.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD REPORTING



Please email jayeesha@gmail.com to include any frontline/grassroots centered relief and recovery resources, services, hotlines, or distribution centers to this list.