Hurricane Michael was one of the strongest storms to hit the Florida Panhandle to ever be recorded. With sustained winds reaching up to 155mph while making landfall leading it to be the first ever Category 4 Hurricane to reach the Panhandle; while breaking national records for the fourth strongest storm to reach the United States. Sadly, Hurricane Michael was a deadly storm and claimed 6 lives throughout Florida and Georgia.
As the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas wrapped up efforts in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence we were soon dispatched to help bring generators and other equipment to South Georgia after they were hit by Hurricane Michael. After emergency crews cleared roadways and cleared it safe for disaster recovery crews to enter Florida the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas headed for Mexico Beach, Florida. We were truly heartbroken after seeing the destruction that Hurricane Michael brought onto these cities. People without homes, food, and power. We witnessed the grace of our Nation and the unity we all share when we face disaster. Tents were set up to pass out food, shelters were set up to cover those who lost their homes, people came all across the United States to lend a helping hand. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas quickly sprung into action by setting up drying equipment, tarping roofs, and boarding up windows to prevent further damage.
Thank you to all of the amazing first responders like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard, Firefighters, Police Officers, Patrolmen, Linmen, Dispatchers, EMT’s and Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams, and for all of the countless volunteers that gave their time to HELP.
We remain #FloridaStrong in the days ahead of the restoration and recovery process.