The Florida Panhandle is in the midst of disaster relief efforts after being hit with the strongest hurricane to hit the continental U.S since Hurricane Andrew in 1986.  Hurricane Michael was the first category 4 storm on record to make landfall on the Panhandle.  Wind gusts reached up to 155 MPH.

After Michael was downgraded it became the first Category 3 hurricane to hit Georgia since 1898.  Before Michael hit, over 30 million people were put under a hurricane watch.  Analysts are estimating that Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage.  The destruction is heartbreaking.

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So how can you help these victims all the way from Illinois?  Here are a list of resources and opportunities.

  • The easiest way to help is donating.  To donate to the Red Cross efforts click here.
  • For information on volunteering and non-profit organizations taking donations click here.
  • Florida asks that people consider donating to the Florida Disaster Fund by visiting, or texting DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Those interested in volunteering, or looking for more ways to donate can visit
  • Find a list forGeorgia at If you would like to volunteer, visit the Georgia volunteer registration page on NVOAD’s site or contact an organization directly to offer your service.