Published On: Thu, Oct 11th, 2018

Hurricane Michael becomes one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall

Following Hurricane Michael’s landfall, first responders are beginning search and rescue efforts in Florida as the storm continues to move through the southeast.

“Right now what we need is neighbor helping neighbor,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “We deploy resources and responders, but we know often times it is neighbors who are the first people to help those in need.”

As Michael continues to move through parts of South Carolina and North Carolina today, the storm could drop several inches of rain before moving back out to sea.

Hurricane Michael photo/NASA

Residents in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina should:

  • Follow instructions from local officials. If you evacuated and are planning to return home, wait until local officials say it is safe to return.
  • Text, don’t call. During an emergency, phones lines may be overwhelmed. To let your loved ones know you are safe, send a text instead.
  • Check in with neighbors. If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Let first responders do their jobs. Stay off the roads, beaches, and waterways. Use VHF Channel 16 or call 911 for emergency needs.

Overnight, President Trump granted an emergency declaration request for Georgia counties following Tuesday’s emergency declaration for Florida.

With more than 3,000 personnel responding to Hurricane Michael, FEMA is working with other federal, state and local officials as response efforts continue throughout the day.

Commodities are staged in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina with additional supplies being readied should there be a request. Additionally, utility crews from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania have mobilized to begin restoring power as soon it is safe to do so.

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