Local Routes – Episode 404

Local Routes – Episode 404

How to Help Areas impacted by Hurricane Michael

Prepping food

Serving up free food at Jarheads BBQ in Port St. Joe.

 Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe Area

Jarheadz BBQ and Line In the Sand Foundation

Ground Zero Mexico Beach White Tent

  • Collecting and distributing needed items and providing assistance to citizens recovering from devastation of Hurricane Michael.
  • Highway 98 and County Road 386
  • Facebook @gzmbwt (or search “Ground Zero Mexico Beach White Tent”)
white tent pic

“The White Tent” in Mexico Beach

City of Mexico Beach/Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA)

Panama City

Operation Clean Sweep

Modeled after the “Adopt-a-Highway” program in which individuals or groups adopt a section of the city to remove litter or debris left from Hurricane Michael.   The city supplies trash bags for the cleanup and will pick up the bags from the location after event is over.


The Charles White Foundation

Local charitable trust and registered 501(c)3 that can accept donations on behalf of the City of Panama City for Hurricane Michael relief.



Clean up still going on in Mexico Beach, Florida. Photo taken on 2/11/19. Four months after Hurricane Michael made landfall.

Throughout Area


Initiative to “encourage people to Donate, Volunteer, Visit and Invest to support the regions long-term recover efforts” following Hurricane Michael. Money donated goes to the Florida Disaster Fund which is “the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida communities  as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. (Money donated under REBUILD 850 needs to be earmarked for REBUILD 850 or it cannot be separated within the Florida Disaster Fund.)The Fund is administered by The Volunteer Florida Foundation.  In addition to raising money, REBUILD 850 registers volunteers and helps them connect with volunteer organizations.


Florida Disaster Fund Grantees

Since December, 22 organizations engaged in hurricane Michael response and recovery efforts have received grants from the Florida Disaster Fund:

Florida Disaster Fund Grantees: Round One

Florida Disaster Fund Grantees: Round Two


Cleanup is underway at the el Governor Motel in Mexico Beach

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC)

These are short-term centers that are opened after a disaster is declared.  They are accessible facilities and mobile offices that provide people a physical location to visit in order to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs.  After Hurricane Michael, 29 DRC were open in the panhandle.   4 are currently still open in the region. You can also contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Currently open (2/27/19): 

Bay County Library

898 West 11th Street

Panama City, FL

Port St. Joe Fire Department

404 Williams Avenue

Port St. Joe, FL

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