Hurricane Michael is undergoing ‘rapid intensification’ and has went from 45mph to 70 mph from Sunday evening to Monday evening. It is expected to intensify again in the next 24 hours before making landfall Wednesday afternoon.
Storm and storm surge watches have been declared for the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Chassahowitzka, Florida, north of Tampa Bay. Governor of Florida Rick Scott states of emergencies for 35 counties and has activated 1,250 National Guard members for duty.
UMR staff is in contact with Florida and Alabama government agencies and local VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and is monitoring the storm and is ready to activate resources should communities in the Gulf Coast be impact.
We urge you to take the necessary steps to prepare for the hurricane if you located on the path of Hurricane Michael. Further information can be found at the Department of Homeland Security. If there is a need to evacuate, please take note of the available shelters.
We are accepting volunteers to contribute to rebuilding efforts. If you cannot volunteer, we urge you to donate to UMR’s disaster relief fund to purchase cleaning supplies for flooded homes, bedding for shelter guest, and cash cards that are distributed to storm survivors.