Hurricane Matthew position October 6, 2018

Managed by the Tree of Life Food Bank, the 2018 Southeastern Hurricane Relief Fund was established to support damaged communities and budget for pending catastrophes which could occur throughout the SE U.S. before year-end. All funds raised were deployed to hurricane-devastated areas prior to the close of the 2018 calendar year. 

Initiative #772323
Hurricane Michael Relief Initiative

On Monday, October 8, 2018, Michael became the 7th named Atlantic Basin hurricane of the season and would be the first major storm to hit the Florida panhandle is Hurricane Dennis in 2005. With anticipated winds of over 100 miles per hour, Florida Governor, Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in over 26 Counties.

On September 14, 2018,  the UNCA began is a response to Hurricane Florence by coordinating targeted efforts with multiple municipalities throughout North and South Carolina. The UNCA has quickly reassembled its Rapid Response Team to provide a response and recovery-level support to those impacted by Hurricane Michael. On October 14, 2018, the UNCA deployed over 7tons of food and supplies throughout Gulf, Liberty and Gadsden Counties, along Florida's panhandle.

Phase One: From October 8, 2018, through October 31, 2018, the UNCA will coordinate with local officials to deliver food, resources and logistical support. The UNCA has successfully established distribution channels throughout the Florida panhandle and neighboring areas and is narrowing its focus to identify underserved populations within the impacted regions.  
The UNCA is providing:

  • Multi-Agency Logistic Support
  • Damage Assessment 
  • Shelter Identification and Launching
  • Debris Removal
  • Home Interior Restoration 
  • Bulk Distribution Sites: To assist in the recovery of residents affected by the disaster the UNCA will establish and launch bulk distribution sites providing food, water, and supplies for residents of affected areas that are underserved. The purpose of the sites is to provide resources at the neighborhood level; directly into the hands of those who have been affected. The bulk distribution sites overcome challenges relating to transportation which often prevent citizens from receiving much-needed support.

Phase Two: From October 31, 2018, through December 31, 2018, the UNCA will focus on various recovery-based initiatives.

The UNCA will provide:

  • Crisis Counseling
  • Shelter Support
  • Case Management
  • Delivery of Material Resources
  • Establishment of Multi-Agency Centers (MAC's): The UNCA will establish MAC’s to provide additional ability for local, federal, non-profit agencies and service providers to collaborate in a central location throughout the recovery phase of the event.  The MAC’s also serves as a central location for citizens to receive services; as opposed to making multiple stops.  


 UNCA Initial Deployment 

 October 14, 2018

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