Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph. It was the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The devastation from the Hurricane Michael will have wide-reaching impacts that will require strategic, long-term investments.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) hosted a webinar, “Hurricane Michael: How to Respond” on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET. Speakers provided updates on situation in Florida and discussed what the most pressing needs will be over the coming weeks and months, and how the philanthropic community can support full recovery. CDP President and CEO Robert G. Ottenhoff moderated the discussion, and panelists included:
- Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance
- Sally Ray, Director of the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
- Ken Skalitzky, Emergency Management Director, Volunteer Florida
- Gabe H. Tischler, Emergency Management Specialist, Catholic Charities of Florida
The webinar was provided with generous funding from the UPS Foundation and was co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Florida Philanthropic Network, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Philanthropy New York and the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
CDP launched the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund in response to the needs that will arise following Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael and other storms that may hit throughout the Atlantic hurricane season. Details about the fund were provided during the webinar.
Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more about the effects of Hurricane Michael and how to support recovery: