Photo By Gerald Herbert/AP

Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday, October 10 as a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 storm on the Florida Panhandle with a life-threatening storm surge and over 150 mph winds. Adventist Community Services is on-site and setting up a relief effort. The devastation is on a magnificent scale. Your help is needed now. Please take some time and sincerely pray for those affected by Michael. Additionally, there is no greater physical resource than money in these situations; it can quickly be converted to meet the most significant needs.
Give online to "Gulf States Disaster Recovery Fund" at gscsda.org/giving

Scroll down to read the latest updates on needed supplies or to fill and submit a volunteer form.

 

Latest Updates

10/24/2018 - 10:00 PM

Elder Dave Livermore and Elder Brian Danese visited the Panama City Church and affected areas. The partnership with 2Serve has been invaluable and many church and community members have been blessed by their services. One church member mentioned that the student volunteers were able to clear an area on his property in just hours. Alone, it would have taken days if not weeks. The Panama City Church continues to be utilized as a point of distribution and prayers are offered to those coming for the abundance of supplies.

Pastor Jonathan Davidson and members from the Marianna Church worked on covering the roof of the church with tarps in preparation for the coming rain. The pastor and members continue to work with each other in the restoration effort in their area.

10/17/2018 - 9:00 PM

The Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 6258 MS-39, Meridian, MS 39305, will be collecting Flood Buckets for those affected by the hurricane. Scroll down to learn about what a Flood Bucket is and what it should contain. Hours for drop off are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Darrell Whited will pick these items up each week and deliver them to affected areas.

10/15/2018 - 6:46 PM

Several warehouses and distribution centers in and around Marianna, Tallahassee, Destin, North Bay, and Bonifay are in the works. In cooperation with the North American Division, and several conferences within the Southern Union, including the South Central conference; a concerted effort is being made to establish a thorough recovery effort. Please continue looking for updates on this page and the Gulf States Facebook page.

10/14/2018 - 12:01 PM

Reports are coming in that the North Bay Church sustained some damage as well. The awning of the car port has been ripped off and water was able to get in the front door. Some members sheltered there and were able to survive the storm. At least two area church members, one from the North Bay Church and another from the Bonifay Church lost their homes.

10/14/2018 - 10:15 AM

A visit to the Panama City Church was made on 10/13/2018 and the recent report was confirmed. Volunteers were already coming in, along with a variety of supplies. The church had no power or running water but the spirit of the members was generally high. Continued support to this disaster is vital. Some residents were told that they may not have running water for three months or more. Fuel is difficult to come by and cell phone service is significantly limited, AT&T and T-Mobile offered the best of the limited service. Simple things like bathrooms or showers are also almost non-existent.

Roads are becoming more accessible, and non-residents are being allowed in, however there is a curfew in place. Dusk 'till dawn. If someone is in the city, going around town after curfew will get you arrested. This is to curb looting and also allows emergency workers to be more effective overnight.

A live local radio broadcast, which is taking calls and questions from locals is available here: Sunny 98.5.
This is a great way to get a current pulse of what is happening in the affected coastal area.

  The Panama City Church stands strong despite being hit by category four Hurricane Michael.  Photo by Shane Hochstetler/Gulf States Conference

The Panama City Church stands strong despite being hit by category four Hurricane Michael. Photo by Shane Hochstetler/Gulf States Conference

10/12/2018 - 12:51 PM

The Panama City church incurred minimal damage, despite the fact that neighboring buildings were severely damaged. Rain was blown sideways and made its way through the doors of the church, getting the carpet and pews wet. No structural damage was noted. Several church members did have damage to their homes, including a shut-in that had roof damage to their assisted living facility.

No major injuries or fatalities have been reported.

10/12/2018 - 11:30 AM

A representative from the Marianna Church in Florida has stated that several members have damage to their homes and the church itself has a tree that fell into the fellowship hall. Also, the vinyl siding has been mostly stripped from the church.

It was also said that the city looks like a war zone and that 75-80% of streets are impassable. Many houses are a total loss and many homes have major damage.

10/12/2018 - 10:30 AM

Gulf States ACS (Adventist Community Services) has ordered four pallets of Flood Buckets which will bring relief to over 1,000 residents that were in the hurricane’s path. If you would like to help, donating funds to purchase the items to fill the buckets would be greatly appreciated. See above for donation information. If you prefer to send the items yourself, please see the following list and consider utilizing free shipping from online vendors such as Amazon or Walmart. Use your judgment on the size of the individual items when buying supplies, with the understanding that they all must fit into the 5 gallon bucket.

  • Household cleaner:  One 16 - 24 oz. bottle

  • Dish washing soap:  One 14-20 oz. bottle

  • Scrubber sponges:  4-6

  • Scrub brushes:  2 (one for floors)

  • Cleaning towels:  6-8 (reusable wipes)

  • Dust masks:  2-4 (N-95 preferred)

  • Latex or non-latex kitchen gloves:  1 pair

  • Disposable gloves:  5 pair

  • Work gloves:  1 pair

  • Trash Bags: Heavy duty 20-30 bag roll (33-45 gallon size)

  • Laundry detergent:  liquid or powder, 30 to 40 loads  

  • Clothes line:  50 ft. or 100 ft.

  • Clothes pins:  30-50

  • Insect repellent spray:  One 6-14 oz. non-aerosol

 

As an example…

A sample bucket was made up by the South Central Conference ACS DR and they found that they could make the best use of their funds by shopping at more than one place. Following is a list of what they purchased.

 
 

Walmart

All purpose cleaner, Pine Sol – 24 oz
Laundry detergent, All – 52 oz box
Scrub sponges, Scotch-Brite – pkg of 4
Work Gloves, leather palms – one pair
Insect repellant, Repel – 6 oz pump spray
Clothesline, Secureline – 50 ft.
Trash bags, Ruffies – 33 gal, 40 count
N-95 Dust mask, 3M, 2 masks

Dollar Tree

Scrub brush, Hayco – one brush
Cleaning towels, Scrub ‘n’ Wipe – pkg of 6
Clothespins, The Home Store – pkg of 36
Reusable wipes, Handi-Wipes – pkg of 6
Kitchen Gloves, Arm & Hammer – one pair
Disposable gloves, Arm & Hammer – pkg of 6
Dish Soap, Ajax – 14 oz bottle
Scouring Pads, Scrub Buddie – pkg of 2

 

These items can be shipped to
Adventist Community Services
c/o Gulf States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
10633 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117

 

Do you want to help in person?

Please do not drive into the affected area without first connecting with ACS or another organization such as www.volunteerflorida.org.

Fill out this form below with your contact information and the skills/resources you can offer. We will do our best to connect you with a local pastor or church in or near the affected area. We may also refer you to other local volunteer agencies.

Please note: It takes several days before volunteers are allowed to enter these disaster areas, please be patient as we are given authority to step in and help. Recovery for disasters of this scale will last for months, help will likely be needed during the longevity of that time, not just the beginning.

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