The devastation to the panhandle of Florida is catastrophic as Hurricane Michael has caused extensive destruction to the northeastern Gulf Coast, reducing structures to rubble and destroying entire communities. Much of the coast of the Florida Panhandle, including Panama City and Mexico Beach, near where the hurricane made landfall, was left in ruins by the storm.
Once again, the National Education Association and its members stand ready to help.
“In the spirit of solidarity and compassion, NEA is asking its members and the public, as we did last year after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and just last month after Hurricane Florence, to help educators and schools affected by Hurricane Michael. Communities in North and South Carolina are still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Florence,” says NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
NEA members, their students, and communities will need ongoing contributions to make it through the relief and recovery phase, which is often months, if not years, long.
“They need to know we are with them, that we share their sorrow and empathize with their losses. Our compassion and generous donations will help restore their hope that tomorrow will be better,” says Eskelsen García.
Donations can be made to the NEA Member Benefits’ GoFundMe page for Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, which will go a long way to replace belongings and the many expenses educators and their families will certainly incur in the days, weeks, and months to come.