In October 2018, Hurricane Michael struck several of the United States, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina (source: Lutheran Disaster Response). Hurricane Michael made landfall as an unprecedented Category 5 Hurricane in the Florida Panhandle region with maximum sustained wind speeds of 140 knots (161 mph) and a minimum pressure 919 mb. The storm caused catastrophic damage from wind and storm surge, particularly in the Panama City Beach to Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas areas. The widespread damage spread well inland as Hurricane Michael remained at hurricane strength into southwest Georgia (source: National Weather Service).
The Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response, together with our congregation in Panama City, Messiah Lutheran Church, is providing much needed assistance, but we continue to need your help. Volunteer groups, as well as funding, continues to be needed to accomplish our plan to restore the lives of our siblings in Christ in the Panhandle. Contact Kim Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or your group are interested in volunteering in the Panhandle.
Below is a video shared at the 2019 Synod Assembly giving an update on the impact and response in the Panhandle: