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AUGUST 30, 2023

Dear HFI Reservist,

Watching Hurricane Idalia gain strength overnight, it became apparent that meterological reports were spot on with the severity of the storm.  As it makes its way off in a northeasterly direction, many Floridians are dealing with the aftermath of this record-breaking storm.  

One news outlet reported that this is the strongest storm to hit this region of Florida in over a century, and the first Category 3 hurricane on record to go through the Apalachee Bay in the Big Bend area of the state.  "The National Weather Service in Tallahassee issued two extreme wind warnings Wednesday morning as the strongest winds from Idalia came ashore. These types of warnings are only issued when sustained winds of 115 mph or greater are expected in an area.  Until Wednesday, only 27 extreme wind warnings had ever been issued in the continental US. The majority of these warnings have been issued in Florida." (CNN)

Hope Force currently has staff and Reservists on the ground assessing the damage and determining our landing spot for this deployment.  Through numerous contacts in the area, we have several options for housing and multiple connections for locations to provide the most good for the most people.

We are asking if you will come and deploy with us to help with much needed assistance on behalf of the residents of this part of Florida.

This will potentially be BOTH a roof tarping and muckout deployment.  Due to the nature of this storm, the wind damage is extensive — as well as a large area of flooding due to the record-setting storm surge. 

What You Need to Know:

  • Housing: Plan to sleep on the floor – bring mats/cots & sleeping gear
  • Meals: Provided by Hope Force

What you need to do now:

  • Conduct a self-assessment: "Is this a good time for me to consider deploying?"
  • Pray about participating
  • If you may be available, SIGN UP HERE  and fill out the form completely
  • Prepare your deployment gear & supplies
  • Communicate with family, friends and employer about possible deployment.  (They may even want to support you in this adventure. If they want a tax deductible receipt, they can give online on the website and click on the dropdown link "I want my donation designated towards":   Hurricane Idalia Response  and write your name in the comment section.
  • Complete any unfinished paperwork immediately, including a background check, if you have not already done so with Hope Force. (Details to follow, after you notify us of your interest to go.)

If you cannot go at this time, please consider giving to the response – and please pray for these efforts!