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Hurricane Michael Emergency Relief

October 17, 2018

Following Hurricane Michael's devastating landfall in Florida on October 10, Americans are coming together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors of catastrophic events like this one. There are many ways that you can help survivors and ensure that an individual contribution – whether financial donation or personal time – is carried out responsibly. According to FEMA, "The fastest way to help -- cash is best."  Further, “Don’t send stuff, send money,” said Kevin Smith, director of the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. “The best way to help survivors is to donate time and money to trusted organizations.”

In this regard, both the North Florida and the Northwest Florida Community Foundations have established disaster relief funds. For more information, visit:

                Community Foundation of North Florida:

                Community Foundation of Northwest Florida:

Additionally, individuals might choose to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund at, or by texting DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. 

For current information on Hurricane Michael relief efforts, you can visit and/or For up-to-date resoruces and information on the federal response, visit

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