On Oct. 10, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend with devastating storm surges, 150-mph-plus winds and heavy rain. In six hours, the storm wrecked homes, businesses, communities and our beautiful North Florida forests from Panama City Beach on the Gulf Coast to Chattachoochee near the Florida-Georgia line, leaving a swathe of destruction more than 80 miles wide.

North Floridians age 50-plus will need weeks, months and years to recover from this blow. AARP Florida is here to help. Got ideas or suggestions? Email flaarp@aarp.org or call 1-866-595-7678.

AARP Florida Working to Help North Floridians 50-plus to Recover from Hurricane Michael

As they work to recover, AARP Florida will be with North Floridians 50-plus every step of the way. Earlier this year, 35 AARP volunteer leaders and staff gathered in Panama City for internal meetings and a day of community service. Teams of volunteers and staff fanned out across the stricken community to help older Floridians and the Bay County Council on Aging with storm clean-up and repair.  Hear from the residents we met and remember their stories

Thousands of North Floridians 50-plus Still Need Help After Hurricane Michael

Streets and roads across the eastern Panhandle are still lined with mountainous piles of downed trees, brush and debris. Homes, businesses and local institutions still show signs of damage. Blue-tarped roofs and temporary tins roofs are still leaking and homes are still contaminated with mold and mildew. How you can help.

As You Rebuild, Protect Yourself Against Scams

Unscrupulous contractors are conning residents into surrendering their home insurance policy claim rights and benefits. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, these instances are sure to grow. Do NOT sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB)  until you have done background checks on contractorsYOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN AN AOB IN ORDER TO HAVE WORK DONE ON YOUR HOUSE!  You can also watch our FB Live with Tasha Carter, from the Florida Chief Financial Officer’s Office, here.  We go in depth about AOBs and what people can do to verify contractors who do not have power, internet or cell service.

Know About Someone Who Needs Help?

While most people age 50-plus treasure their independence and vigor, natural disasters can hit older people especially hard. AARP is working to connect those you care about to assistance.

Need Assistance after Hurricane Michael?

There is a wide range of government, nonprofit and private assistance flowing into the storm-ravaged area. Here are some places to start looking for help.

Willing to Volunteer to Help?

More than 100 organizations are working through Volunteer Florida to help in the storm-stricken area.  Here’s how to volunteer.

 

Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

Facebook:
Red Cross Panama City Florida
Red Cross of Northwest Florida
Capital Area Red Cross
NOAA National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service – Tallahassee
Twitter:
• FEMA Region 4
• National Weather Service – Tallahassee
• Florida State Emergency Response Team
• NOAA National Hurricane Center – Atlantic
National Weather Service
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov
Facebook:
Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross
National Weather Service – Jacksonville
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4
• Duval County Emergency Management
• Florida State Emergency Response Team
NOAA National Hurricane Center – Atlantic
• National Weather Service – Jacksonville
• National Weather Service
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov
Facebook:
Red Cross of Central Florida
• National Weather Service – Tampa Bay
• National Weather Service – Melbourne
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4
Tampa Bay Red Cross
Florida State Emergency Response Team
National Weather Service – Tampa Bay
• National Weather Service – Melbourne
• NOAA National Hurricane Center – Atlantic
National Weather Service
• Red Cross of Central Florida
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov
Facebook:
South Florida Red Cross
• National Weather Service – Miami
• National Weather Service – Key West
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4
Florida State Emergency Response Team
National Weather Service – Miami
• National Weather Service – Key West
NOAA National Hurricane Center – Atlantic
National Weather Service
• Red Cross of SW Florida
• Red Cross of South Florida
County-by-county list of emergency services:
• Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov