The Advanced Disaster Response Team for Matthew 25: Ministries pulled out in a convoy of trucks Saturday morning headed for hard-hit areas in the Florida Panhandle with donations and hope.
“It is a little bit more difficult to quickly turn around,” said CEO Tim Mattey, “but as we said, we do this all year long, so the team is ready to go.”
“It’s the third worst hurricane to hit down there,” Mattey said.
Here’s a list of supplies that Matthew 25 is accepting: Personal Care Products Cleaning supplies Paper products Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
Crews with dogs went door-to-door Saturday in Mexico Beach, pushing aside debris to get inside badly damaged structures in a second wave of searches following what they described as an initial, “hasty” search of the area.
About 1,700 search and rescue personnel have checked 25,000 homes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
The tally of lives lost across the South stood at 15, including the victim found in the rubble of Mexico Beach, where about 1,000 people live.
By one count, state officials said, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind.
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Search and rescue volunteers have located hundreds of people reported missing in the U.S. Southeast after Hurricane Michael tore through their Florida Panhandle communities, but the death toll of at least 18 was expected to rise.
Crews heard cries for help and crowbarred into a mobile home crumpled by the storm in Panama City, freeing a mother and daughter, both diabetics who had been trapped in a closet without insulin for two days and were on the verge of diabetic shock, rescuers said on Saturday.
There are people out here on dialysis, but there is no power,” said Taylor Fontenot, 29, a roofing contractor from Sugar Land, Texas, and founder of 50 Star SAR, a volunteer search and rescue organization.
A lack of food and water is among the most pressing issues for people reeling from the storm, said one volunteer who had been working in the Panama City area.
In door-to-door searches, teams comprised mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters have found more than 520 of the 2,100 people reported missing since Michael crashed ashore near Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history.
Survivors scramble for food and water in the wake of Hurricane Michael
Hopes fade for more survivors of Hurricane Michael
Rescue teams are still searching for survivors in some towns following Hurricane Michael.
While looking for survivors of Hurricane Michael in Florida, search and rescue specialist Chris Boyer stopped to remove a damaged American flag from a downed pole.
No food, no FEMA: Hurricane Michaels survivors are furious - The Daily Beast F Federal E Employees M Missing in A Action Meeting with Kayne was a political stunt to distraction from helping ppl facing a monstrous storm. Help!
No Food, No FEMA: Hurricane Michael’s Survivors Are Furious
The governments response to starving, stranded residents after Hurricane Michael? “We’re telling everybody to save [food and water] because it will be days before we’re ready to do that.”
This story is stunning. And wheres Trump? Having his ego massaged at campaign rallies - No Food, No FEMA: Hurricane Michael’s Survivors Are Furious via @thedailybeast