Rebuilding after Hurricane Michael
Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners converged on Marianna, Florida to help with on-going disaster relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Michael.
Well over a year after Hurricane Michael carved a path of destruction across the Florida panhandle, blue tarps are still visible on house roofs, building materials are limited, and the rebuilding after Hurricane Michael is far from over.
New construction and repairs seem to be barely making noticeable progress. I naively thought the bulk of hurricane damage was along the shore and impacted areas would be quickly rebuilt.
I see life as both a gift and a responsibility. My responsibility is to use what God has given me to help his people in need.>>> Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International
Hurricane Michael crashed ashore on October, 10, 2018 at Mexico Beach, Florida. It was the fourth strongest hurricane to impact the United States and the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle. It was likely still a Category 5 hurricane when it slammed through Marianna, some 50 miles inland.
Fifteen months later, disaster relief continues as the rebuilding after Hurricane Michael continues and the Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners spent two weeks helping with two houses. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has been and continues to work daily to rebuild. The Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners simply provide some much need influx of volunteer labor to help the local effort.
One local resident routinely volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, yet her house is still being rebuilt. Everyone in the area has harrowing stories about either evacuating or riding out Hurricane Michael.
The extent of damage is widespread in Marianna, but the resilience of the community to continually celebrate small
RV Care-A-Vanners in the News
Trailer Life Magazine published an article about the Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners. I’m in a photo on the bottom left corner of the first page. Here’s a .pdf of the the Trailer Life article: Building the Dream.
The Jackson County Floridan Newspaper featured the Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners and the houses we were building. I’m in a photo on page 6 of the article. Here’s a link to the newspaper article: Habitat for Humanity builds underway in Marianna, Chipley
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