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FLORIDA

DISASTER RECOVERY AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL

Floridians are still suffering from Hurricane Michael and have been completely forgotten by the national media. Michael broke multiple pressure and wind speed records as it tore into the panhandle on October 10, 2018 as the first-ever category 4 hurricane to hit the area. Its path of destruction amounted to an estimated $14.5 billion in damage—so much of it still remains to be addressed. Along the Panhandle, the cities of Mexico Beach and Panama City Beach suffered the worst of Michael from catastrophic storm surges that swept through. Many residents in this area could not afford insurance and were left on their own to fend for themselves. Forward Edge feels called to respond in these cities to provide help and hope.

This is where you come in! Regardless of the skills you have or don’t have, together we can provide free labor to clean up debris, gut homes, install new insulation and hang new sheet rock. The focus will be assisting the most vulnerable in Panama City Beach: the uninsured, widows, seniors, single moms, and low-income families. These individuals and families need hope. Teams will have the opportunity to pray, encourage, and work for those who have suffered so much.

Disaster Recovery

Forward Edge has a rich history of Phase II disaster-recovery work, assisting disaster victims long after first responders have left.

Trip Details

Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Florida. Total trip cost for each team member is $695 if you drive to locations or $995 if you fly (since we then provide ground transportation.

IMPORTANT DATES

60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $200 per person non-refundable deposit
  • Registration, Liability, and Medical Release forms due

30 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • Trip Fee balance due

Trip Fee Includes:

  • Meals, lodging, ground transportation, and some project materials
  • Secondary Medical Insurance
  • Trained Forward Edge Facilitator
  • Team Packs: T-shirt, team manual, devotional, etc.
  • Complete trip coordination provided by Forward Edge

Trip Fee Doesn’t Include: 

  • Airfare or transportation to/from location
  • Ground transportation for teams that drive to location
  • Luggage fees
  • Dining out costs (the team will be going out to eat 3-4 times to support local businesses affected by the disaster, please bring $100 in cash for this)

Regardless of the skills you have or don’t have, together we can provide the free labor needed to clean up debris, gut homes, install new insulation and hang new sheet rock. The focus will be assisting the most vulnerable in Panama City Beach: the uninsured, widows, seniors, single moms, and low-income families. These individuals and families need hope. Teams will have the opportunity to pray, encourage, and work for those who have suffered so much.

Teams will be staying at The Ark (a faith-based coffee shop with housing) located in Panama City Beach. Fully equipped with bunk beds, bathrooms and showers; team members are asked to bring their own bedding and towels. The team will also prepare their own meals in the fully-equipped kitchen.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Forward Edge strongly recommends that each team member has a current tetanus shot. Please consult a personal physician for any other recommendations.

TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information.

SCHEDULE: Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving local people.

Sheri Stanley

Senior Mobilization Officer
Bio

Team Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sheri, the Florida Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Florida!

If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.

Contact us today to start planning your mission team to Florida!

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