Disaster Response – Michael


Within weeks of the October 10, 2018 Florida Panhandle landfall of Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, CBF Disaster Response and CBF Florida began to coordinate the involvement of volunteer teams. The recovery effort, including storm cleanup and rebuilding of homes, has focused on Marianna, FL, approximately 75 miles inland, and Port St. Joe on the coast.

Although seven teams with 162 volunteers were hosted in the Florida Panhandle during 2019, only one team was able to engage in early 2020 prior to the suspension of CBF Disaster Response volunteer recruitment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, as COVID-19 cases remain high in Florida and neighboring states, CBF Disaster Response will continue to suspend volunteer recruitment for the Florida Panhandle until new cases of coronavirus in Florida and adjoining states maintain a decline for at least 14 days, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).