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 firstname.lastname@example.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 contractors. YOU 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.