October 19, 2018 | 12:45 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Thanks to you, more than 97,000 people affected by Hurricane Michael have received supplies from Convoy of Hope since the start of our response. Throughout the Florida Panhandle, 3 million pounds of supplies have been delivered to our central hub and are quickly making their way to families who are still reeling from the Category 4 storm.Each day, roughly 600 cars pass through our distribution site in Marianna. In addition to our central point of distribution, volunteers and staff have served 30 communities via mobile distribution. We could not do this work without the volunteers, churches and partner organizations who work right alongside us. To date, more than 688 volunteers have given nearly 4,000 hours of their time to provide help and hope to hurricane survivors.
October 18, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Convoy of Hope continues to meet the needs of those in Florida affected by Hurricane Michael. The distribution site at our more permanent location is up and running, and a steady stream of cars passes through each hour. So far, more than 1.6 million pounds of food, water and supplies have been delivered to our distribution hub and will continue to make their way into the hands of those in need.As of today, Convoy of Hope — alongside 580 volunteers — has served more than 47,000 individuals.
October 16, 2018 | 12:25 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Convoy of Hope is responding in full force to help communities affected by Hurricane Michael. Since the storm made landfall, we’ve distributed more than 300,000 pounds of product to 15,000 individuals from our central distribution hub in Marianna, Florida.Using drive-thru distribution, Convoy staff and volunteers are serving families and individuals with water, food, ice, hygiene kits and other disaster relief supplies. Mobile distribution has also begun, and we’ve delivered supplies in 18 surrounding communities. We are currently moving our distribution hub in Marianna from Walmart to Rivertown Community Church. The move allows Convoy to set up a more permanent location and will provide us with 15,000 square feet of warehouse space for product.
October 14, 2018 | 3:30 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.As the search for those still missing continues, Convoy of Hope is bringing relief to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Convoy of Hope's central hub is currently set up in Marianna, Florida, and relief supplies are quickly moving to the hands of those in need. Convoy of Hope has distributed relief supplies in nine cities so far, including Panama City, Mexico Beach, Grand Ridge and Sneads.More than 200 volunteers have delivered food, water and other relief supplies to survivors. As of yesterday, 9,000 individuals had been served. On Saturday, 22 tractor trailers delivered to our site — possibly a new Convoy record. In addition to the nearly 2,000 cars that passed through our central distribution hub, Convoy of Hope loaded dozens of police patrol cars with supplies, which were delivered to devastated neighborhoods. Distribution of relief supplies is scheduled to continue for the coming days.
October 12, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Convoy of Hope is positioned and ready to serve the communities in and around Marianna, Florida. The distribution site in Marianna opened today, and we were able to hand out food, baby products, brooms, hygiene kits, flood buckets, tarps and trash cans to those affected by the storm. Throughout the day, volunteers bagged and distributed supplies to those in need.Convoy will also begin mobile distribution to help outlying communities and individuals who are unable to drive to our central distribution hub. Up to 50 additional truckloads of supplies are en route to help Convoy’s disaster response teams and provide supplies to those affected by the storm.
October 10, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.On Wednesday, Convoy of Hope team members and supplies made their way toward Florida where Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm. With 155 mph winds and heavy rainfall, Hurricane Michael has already destroyed homes, flattened trees and flooded neighborhoods.Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in more than 100 years, making the damage difficult to forecast. It's estimated hundreds of thousands of people are already without power, and many more will be in need of assistance in the coming days. With equipment, supplies and staff being deployed from several locations in the U.S., the Convoy of Hope Disaster Services Team will soon converge on the area and begin serving those affected by the storm.
October 9, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Convoy of Hope is deploying to Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Category 3 hurricane is predicted to hit the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday with life-threatening storm surges, heavy rainfall and damaging winds.Two truck loads of supplies are currently on their way, from Convoy's World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, and advance staff are already in Florida ahead of the storm. Additional disaster response team members will move in on the heels of the storm and will set up a central distribution site as soon as the storm clears the area. The site will have food, water, hygiene kits and other disaster relief supplies available. “The predicted storm surges in combination with damaging winds could cause catastrophic destruction and mass power outages. Convoy of Hope is prepared to provide emergency resources immediately following the disaster,” says Jeff Nene, Convoy of Hope’s nationals spokesperson. Hurricane Michael is predicted to move inland across the southeastern U.S. with additional rainfall in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Reports show the Carolinas may see 3 to 6 inches of rain which could cause additional flash flooding to the hardest hit areas. Convoy of Hope’s still has a disaster services team in North Carolina that will continue to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. Multiple disasters reveal the complexities of disaster response. As the Hurricane Michael response begins, Convoy of Hope continues to serve those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and the tsunami in Indonesia. Convoy also continues to monitor and assess other disasters around the world such as earthquakes in Haiti and tornados in Oklahoma. Follow our Hurricane Michael response here and learn more about our other responses at convoyofhope.org.