Hurricane Michael: How You Can Help

How to help our neighbors in the panhandle.

October 11, 2018
Hurricane Michael

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We're getting asked, "How can we help the people in the Panhandle?" Great question! Here are several ways you can offer assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Michael.


Text to Give:

To make a onetime donation of $10, text the word DISASTER to 20222 and a one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your cell phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

If you'd like to make a onetime donation of $25, text the word DISASTER25 to 20222 and a one-time donation of $25.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

This donation goes to the Florida Disaster Fund and it's the one Governor Rick Scott asked residents to donate to, that way you know it's legit. 



You Can Also Donate by Check:

Please make check out to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and mail to:

Volunteer Florida Foundation

Attn: Florida Disaster Fund

3800 Esplanade Way - Suite 180

Tallahassee, FL 32311

Please include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.



Second Harvest Food Bank


Volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank are putting together emergency food boxes to send to the Florida Panhandle. They are accepting food donations and monetary donations. You can get all the information at


Donate Blood

One Blood says they need donations for those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Donation centers in Panama CIty and Marianna both remain closed for now. So, they need to get blood to those regions. If you'd like to donate, you can find a donation location near you at 


America Red Cross

From their website "Help people affected by Hurricane Michael by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word MICHAEL to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Michael relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on or on 1-800-RED CROSS." If you have any additional questions for the Red Cross of Orlando, you can reach them at 407-894-4141.


Humane Society

At least 46 pets were rescued from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael by the Humance Society and are now in other facilites in other parts of Florida, espcially in Naples. They are welcoming donations to assist with the care of the animals and help with fostering them. You can help by visiting their website here .