Updated: Sep 16
Sept. 16, 2023 - UPDATE
3 weeks since Hurricane Idalia made landfall and we have seen much devastation. We have also heard story after story of how God is working through the local churches to impact communities for Jesus! Partners from across the country have come in to lift them up and it is paying off. This week, we do see some of the relief organizations ending their operations. See full list below for updates.
Leaders and Individuals:
HELP IS STILL NEEDED to share the love of Christ through action, many opportunities are available to get involved or support financially. See below for a full list of Active Organizations and Mapping Tools that will help you make a connection!
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Please go to Summary Shelter Information for currently open general and special needs shelters within the State of Florida. For information from your county Emergency Management program regarding shelter preparedness and lists of potential shelters that may be opened, please visit Shelter Information Index and choose your county. View Open Shelters on a map
Special Needs Assistance If you know or care for an individual with access or functional needs, such as a medical condition that requires assistance but not hospitalization, it is important that you pre-register with the Florida Special Needs Shelter Registry. For more Special Needs Sheltering detailed Information here.
☎️ Our State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is up & running! 📌 This toll-free hotline is activated to provide additional resources to help Floridians receive accurate & up-to-date information regarding Hurricane #Idalia. ➡️ State Assistance Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
Active Partner Organizations
9/9/23 Update: God's Pit Crew is set up and serving in Valdosta, GA leading volunteer teams for clean up and muck out. Just received word, this response will continue another 2 weeks due to the great need. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Go to this link to sign up for IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TEAMS. God's Pit Crew is also sending several trucks of Blessing Buckets into Florida. To support these efforts, go click the logo or go to https://godspitcrew.org/
Samaritan’s Purse has deployed and mobilized volunteer management centers to assist homeowners affected by hurricane Idalia and will help in Jesus' Name with roof tarping, chainsaw work, debris cleanup, and mudouts in VALDOSTA, GA, TAYLOR COUNTY, FL and PASCO COUNTY, FL. Volunteers are welcome. Click the logo or links for all location details.
HopeForce International is working in Yankeetown, FL area focus on muckouts. This is a community hit hard by storm surge. Homes received 3 to 4 feet of water. See the website to see support opportunities or visit the HopeForce Training page to learn how you can join the operational teams on the ground through online training.
9/14/23 - With thousands of meals served feeding body and soul, Mercy Chefs has recently closed thier feeding operations in Live Oak, FL. . Click the link or logo to support Mercy Chefs or become a volunteer for future response initiatives.
9/16/23 - Eight Days of Hope Deployed the Rapid Response division to Perry, FL and partnering with Crosspoint Fellowship Baptist. Volunteers will be welcomed starting Sunday 9/3-16th. EDOH served in a volunteer and trained team management support and launched the new feeding arm of their operations for the first time ever. Click the link or logo for website with all details.
9/16/23 - The Operation Blessing Team is so grateful to have partnered up with Christian Center Church in Homosassa, FL, where we’ve had many faithful servants volunteer in helping those affected from this recent storm. Thanks to friends like you, those in need are receiving love and support during this difficult time. Go to the website link for all details about how to volunteer and support. Operations at this location have ceased. To learn more of how to get involved or support, click the logo or Operation Blessing link for info.
9/12/23 - Minuteman Disaster Response established a base of operations at the Northside Church of God in Perry, FL. Focus was on sawyer, skid steer, debris removal and muck out. Operations have now ceased. Please visit the Minuteman Disaster Response website to learn more about other operations and how you can get trained and involved!
Sirens project has been serving in Voldasta, GA and surrounding areas since the hurricane cleared. Focused on tree removal and clean up through trained and dedicated teams. Go to SirensProject.org for details of how to support.
We've deployed Relief supply semis to our church partners and gut out teams into WV for the flash flooding from a couple days ago. Staged for Idalia response shipments as appropriate upon our ground reporting partners. Keep an eye on CitiImpact's website for updated information and opportunities to support. Stay safe. Pray first.