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Please join FSC, USFRA and our partners in a lifesaving project that benefits first responders and veterans. FSC is printing 20,000+ custom USFRA disaster preparedness and first aid books for the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of a Public-Private Partnership initiative. Learn more

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Karen Loveless is a retired Firefighter/EMT -- now a professional songwriter. She wrote this song for all public servants...Thank You For The Job You Do!" click below to listen and learn more

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Tom Martin - Fire Chief - LODD - Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department

Started by Fyre Walker in Fire LODD on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Name: Tom Martin  Rank: Fire Chief Age: 61Gender: MaleStatus: VolunteerYears of Service: 23Date of Incident: 08/18/2017Time of…Continue

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Brad Gregrich - Firefighter/EMT - Desoto County Fire Rescue

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Brad GregrichFirefighter/EMTDesoto County Fire Rescue Arcadia, FLOn April 14, 2019, while on-duty at the fire station,…Continue

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Michael Watkins - Driver/Engineer - LODD - Northeast Lakeside Fire Department

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Michael WatkinsDriver/EngineerNortheast Lakeside Fire Department Mountain Home, AROn April 21, 2019, Driver/Engineer Michael…Continue

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Forgotten survivors of second strongest storm to hit the Gulf Coast (communities struggling to recover from Hurricane Michael)

Many Americans are living in massive devastation 5+ months after Hurricane Michael slammed across the Florida panhandle and southern Georgia.

When Michael hit October 10, 2018, it left damage across an 80-mile swath, leveling homes and schools.

The hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds, now a Category 5 designation (as of Apr 2019) and second strongest storm to hit the Gulf Coast, left an estimated $25 billion in damage.

Plus Michael’s timing was horrible, coming just weeks before midterm elections and the California wildfires, then the holidays, and since then the storm has disappeared from the country’s radar.

For example, did you realize…

  • Over 102,000 people have registered for assistance, aquaculture along the Gulf Coast, including oyster farming, suffered 80% to 100% losses, and over 2.8 million acres of forest land and timber farmers were impacted.
  • AJC reports Michael caused generational damage to farming communities across South Georgia with damages possibly exceeding $3 billion.
  • Panama City, Mexico Beach and other communities in the panhandle have a massive shortage of places for people to live since a vast majority of structures were destroyed or damaged. Four months later thousands of Floridians are living with tarps on roofs, in shelters and tents, and in their cars.
  • In the City of Lynn Haven, north of Panama City, they have over a million cubic yards of debris ~ that's more than the city would pick up in the next 25 years. And one report said the hurricane created an estimated 9 million cubic yards of debris to be removed from the panhandle.
  • Although some government aid continues to flow, major donors are MIA leaving Floridians and southern Georgians to feel forgotten…
    • The Salvation Army received $2.8 million for Hurricane Michael response. Yet in 2017 they received a combined $125 million following Harvey, Irma and Maria.
    • United Way Worldwide received just under $750,000 for Hurricane Michael recovery ~ that’s $10 million less than it received for Hurricanes Irma and Maria;
    • Hurricane Irma, which caused less property damage than Michael, prompted $100 million in corporate donations through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Hurricane Michael: $27 million.
  • PNJ reports the Triumph Gulf Coast Board recently agreed to use $15 million from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to help Bay, Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla counties in FL with anticipated property-tax losses caused by Hurricane Michael.

  • There are also misconceptions in the tourism industry. Michael smashed into Panama City, Mexico Beach and other panhandle counties causing extensive damage, but Panama City Beach to the west went virtually unscathed and their beaches are open for business.

Some of the devastation in Panama City almost 5 months after the storm can be seen in below video. Please continue to keep the Florida panhandle and southern Georgia in prayers, help with recovery using above links to donate or volunteer, and share this with others so our fellow Americans know they are not forgotten! #850Strong

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Comment by Janet Liebsch on April 20, 2019 at 7:11am

19-Apr-2019 - Scientists at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center upgraded Hurricane Michael to a Category 5 finally confirming what locals have been saying for months. The storm made landfall with wind speeds of 160 mph when the eye made landfall near Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base making Michael the 4th Cat 5 on record to make landfall in the U.S. Other Category 5 storms include Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the Labor Day Hurricane in 1935. Source: WJHG


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Comment by Jesse James Jessup on March 20, 2019 at 8:32pm

I lost my home. Nothing left but a slab. I had to leave for a while until my insurance check came in. Thanks to Fyre and USFRA, I was fully funded to go to Tennessee to stay with my family. USFRA paid for everything and I will never forget it. Thank you.


USFRA Staff
Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 9, 2019 at 8:34am

Hopefully some companies will consider doing this for American communities devastated by disasters. An Austin-based "...startup called ICON unveiled an amazing project, a house that could be 3-D printed for just $4,000. With the new method that the company has developed, they are able to print a 650-square-foot house out of cement in less than 24 hours. In contrast, it could take a human roughly 20 days to complete the same project.

ICON’s first project is to build 100 homes for a community in El Salvador next year. To complete this goal, ICON is teaming up with New Story, a nonprofit that focuses on finding homes for people across the world who have inadequate shelter. ..." Source: The Mind Unleashed


USFRA Staff
Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 6, 2019 at 8:45am

Here's another video from last month showing how some families are dealing with lack of housing ~ unfortunately little has changed in Bay County and surrounding communities hit by Michael….


LEO Editor
Comment by Officer Derek Tomlinson on February 27, 2019 at 6:19pm

It's a shame. Certain parts of Panama City is simply destroyed. The community fears that the developers will come in and replace mom and pop stores with high end and specialty shops the locals cannot afford. Let's not talk about housing. St. Joe is talking about building "affordable housing" off of 231 starting at 100k. How many cashiers, bartenders and waitresses will be able to afford that? It's going to get much worse I'm afraid.

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