Aftermath of Hurricane Michael leaves Panama City residents stunned
Many organizations across the Mississippi Gulf Coast are gathering supplies, donations and volunteers for the victims of Hurricane Michael.
The Coast knows too well what it’s like after a disaster, and many residents remain eager to repay all the help given after Hurricane Katrina.
These are the organizations that have contacted the Sun Herald so far with relief efforts. To add another one, email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gulfport-based bank has donated $200,000 to set up relief accounts to help northwest Florida communities recover from Hurricane Michael.
People and businesses can contribute to these accounts at any Hancock Whitney bank or by calling 1-800-347-7272.
Pass Christian Citizens
A group of residents in the Pass say volunteers from Bay County, Florida, helped them within two days of Hurricane Katrina so they want to repay the favor.
Donations of bottled water, cleaning supplies and gift cards can be dropped off at Fire Station #1 at 808 E. Second St.
Feeding the Gulf Coast
The nonprofit has been working with other agencies to provide food and water to first responders and victims.
Most needed items are:
- pop-top canned fruits and vegetables
- pop-top canned meat and fish
- pop-top canned beans and soup
- cereal, oats and oatmeal
- pasta and rice
- peanut butter
- hygiene items
- household items
- paper products
- other non-cook, non-refrigerated foods such as granola bars, trail mix and single-serve meals
- beverages such as powdered milk, instant tea/coffee/cocoa, drink mixes, juice
Volunteers and monetary donations are also requested. To find out more go to feedingthegulfcoast.org.
The George County Sheriff’s Office wants donations by Oct. 26 for a trip to Florida.
Here’s what’s needed:
- Cleaning supplies
- Non-perishable canned goods
- Pet food
- Baby supplies
- Personal hygiene products
Drop off donations at the George County Sheriff’s Office in the county courthouse on Cox Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Harrison County Task Force organized donations and took its first caravan of supplies on Oct. 19.
A 12-person team left Oct. 22 to cook for first responders for three days, with plans to prepare 9,000 meals. Donations of food and money are requested to cover current expenses or help with a future trip.
Items can be dropped off at any police or fire department in the county and its cities.
Items needed are:
- gift cards (Walmart, Visa, Home Depot, Lowes)
- tire repair kits, Fix-a-Flat
- bottled water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, flavor packs for waters
- lighters and matches
- batteries and flashlights
- phone and car chargers for iPhone and Android
- power strips
- hair clippers
- baby wipes, diapers, toiletries
- bug spray
- cleaning supplies
- Advil, Aleve, Tylenol
City of D’Iberville
Drop-off location is Fire Station #1 at 11288 Lamey Bridge Road from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Food and clothing not accepted. Requested supplies are:
- gift cards
- plastic and/or Styrofoam cups
- plastic eating utensils
- paper towels
- bleach and/or bleach wipes
- mops and brooms
- hand sanitizer/wipes
- commercial foil wrap
- commercial plastic wrap
- baby diapers and wipes
- baby bottles
- shampoo, toothpaste, body wash
- hard-sized ice chests
- latex and leather gloves
- safety glasses
- hand tools (shovels and rakes)
- filter masks
- industrial garbage bags
- cleaning buckets
- dish detergent
- Styrofoam “clam shells” for food
- dry dog and cat food
City of Pascagoula
Drop off pre-activated VISA gift cards at City Hall, Pascagoula Central Fire Department or the Pascagoula Police Department through Oct. 29.
The city and the Pascagoula-Gautier School District are collecting change to help with relief efforts.
Waveland cooking group
A group of residents left Oct. 22 for Port St. Joe, Florida, prepared to cook as many as 700 meals per day.
Hugh Fouquet and April May with DA Kitchen TOO in Waveland are ordering the food and gathering supplies. They are accepting monetary donations at the restaurant.
Those wanting to donate other resources to the cooking trip can contact Mickey Lagassee at email@example.com or Brent Anderson and firstname.lastname@example.org. Those donations are being coordinated by the Waveland Fire Department and Compton Engineering.