USA Emergency Appeal

The Better Together Coalition consisting of UMR, Pure Hands, UHR, & IMR was formed to provide emergency aid to those affected by Hurricane Michael.

October 21, 2018

The Better Together Coalition organized the distribution of hygiene items and cleaning supplies at Mexico Beach, FL. The event was organized in coordination with a group of volunteers from Virginia and North Carolina, and much needed supplies benefitting over 500 people were distributed.

October 20, 2018

UMR led a cohort of 12 volunteers from our College Chapter at GSU. Volunteers worked with the Emergency Response Office of Dooly County, GA to identify residents who had been affected by Hurricane Michael. UMR was the only organization carrying out clean-up operations in the North/Central part of Georgia.

Volunteers met in Atlanta and traveled to Unadila, GA and Cordell, GA to assist two families whose homes were damaged by the storm. The clean-up project took 11 hours, including travel, and consisted of debris removal, mold remediation, and removal of rotten food for residents who were ill and injured. Volunteers also assisted survivors with information on receiving financial assistance from FEMA and locating individual aid if insurance is not an option.

October 20, 2018

The Better Together Coalition distributed its 4th round of hygiene items and cleaning supplies to White City, Florida, which is part of the St. Lucie County and has a population of around 5,000. Located at a distance of around 6 miles from Port St. Joe, FL, this small town was impacted by Hurricane Michael, and around 600 individuals benefited from this distribution.

October 19, 2018

Better Together Coalition distributed much needed hygiene items and cleaning supplies at Port St Joe, FL today benefiting over 500 people. The distribution facility established in Centennial Building is managed by the Emergency Operations Center and Education Department and the City Sheriff. Port St Joe is a city of Gulf County, FL with a population of around 5000 and located at a distance of 108 miles from Tallahassee, FL. This is one of the worst affected areas hit by the storm surges and winds of around 150mph and now looks like a war-torn area where over 70% homes are damaged. American Red Cross has established a shelter in the city which is still hosting people whose homes have either been completely destroyed or become inhabitable. The locals are removing the debris and conducting muck outs on self-help basis.

October 18, 2018

The Better Together Coalition organized the second distribution of hygiene items, cleaning supplies and snacks at East Point, a remote village of Apalachicola located in Franklin County, FL (around 80 miles from Tallahassee, FL). This coastal area has a population of around 2500 and was strongly hit by Hurricane Michael.

Over 250 people benefited from today’s distribution which was supported by local community activists who helped in setting up the distribution point at a gas station and disseminated information to their fellow community members through facebook posts and mobile phone messages.

Since the distribution point was established on the main road leading to Panama City, a large number of relief workers, govt agencies and law enforcement personnel stopped by and appreciated the Coalition’ relief effort. A family who stopped at the gas station for fuel, donated a box full of burgers for distribution among the hurricane survivors.

October 8, 2018

Hurricane Michael is undergoing ‘rapid intensification’ and has gone from 45 mph 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.