Hurricane Michael Relief and Recovery

Hurricane Michael hit HARD and caused unimaginable devastation. Our friends in Panama City, Mexico Beach, the Forgotten Coast and other affected areas need our help.

Volunteer here or donate to the Florida Disaster Fund.

The American Red Cross is assisting already. Give what you can by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to You can also make a $10 donation by texting “Michael” to 90999.

Operation Santa Boat
Operation Santa Boat’s entire goal is to help deliver Christmas by boat to our neighbors to the East who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Michael.
The Emerald Coast CVB is banding together with the local maritime community to make this happen and will deliver them to families in Bay and Gulf Counties with the help of local charter captains.

If you would like to help, here’s how you can:

  • Purchase gifts and drop them off at one of the many Operation Santa Boat collection points located throughout Okaloosa County
  • Send gifts directly to the Emerald Coast Convention Center by purchasing them from their Amazon Wish List
  • Donate your time by volunteering at an Operation Santa Boat collection point or at the Emerald Coast Convention Center

Drop-off Locations:

  • Destin Commons
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center
  • Okaloosa County Administration Office – Shalimar
  • Brackin Building – Crestview
  • Emerald Grande
  • Emerald Coast Marine – Niceville

Operation Santa Boat is happening now through Saturday, December 15.
For more information on how you can help, visit

Our community has always been very generous, and the response immediately following Hurricane Michael was incredible, but the need is still exists. To help with basic needs right after the storm, OneWater, Legendary Marine and Sunrise Marine teamed up with the National Christian Foundation and Destiny Worship Center to distribute the resources collected locally…and they continue to do so. Every dollar donated goes directly to those in need. To donate tangible goods, money or to just spread the word, visit That’s Panhandle Relief dot org.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, is hiring Hurricane Michael survivors for temporary positions. The jobs last for 120 days and each applicant can stay on as a reservist if they would like to do that. To apply, search for “FEMA” as a keyword and “Florida” at the website

Social Media Information Outlets:

If you know of family or friends who have been affected by the recent hurricane and need information from their county, here’s a list of Facebook pages you can check out:


City of Panama City Beach

Gulf Co. Emergency Mgt

Jackson County

Marianna PD

Washington County SO

Holmes County Emergency Mgt

Bay County SO

Jackson County Chamber

Calhoun County Emergency Mgt

Liberty County Emergency Mgt

Wakulla SO

Franklin County Emegency Mgt.

Gulf County Sheriff’s Office

Leon Cuonty Sheriff’s Office

Washington County Emergency Mgt

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