Last updated October 10, 8 a.m. ET
Hurricane Michael is headed for a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 strike on the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend with a massive storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week.
If Michael makes landfall as a Category 4 storm, as expected, it will be the strongest hurricane to ever come ashore along the Florida Panhandle in records dating to 1851.
At a Glance
- Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s northeastern Gulf Coast Wednesday.
- A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
- Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will occur near the landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
- Over a million power outages will occur not just near the coast, but also inland after landfall.
- Rainfall flooding is also a significant threat inland into the Carolinas.
If you’re affected by Hurricane Michael and are …
In a life-threatening situation
- Call 911 – due to the heavy volume of calls, be sure to stay on the line until your call can be answered.
In need of disaster assistance
- Call the American Red Cross at 877-500-8645.
- Looking for a shelter? A live map of open shelters from the American Red Cross can be found here .
- Help for People with Disabilities. Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies helps people with disabilities and the elderly to safety and provide immediate needs for durable medical equipment and supplies hotline: 1-800-626-4949.
- The Red Cross is encouraging you to list yourself as “ Safe and Well . “
- You can mark yourself safe on Facebook
- Join the Beyond Type 1 app for iOS + Android (also accessible on desktop) – connect with other individuals and families impacted by Type 1 diabetes. The “Find Members Near Me” feature can be especially helpful for finding folks who may be able to support with everything from stress to supplies.
- Emergency Declarations: State of Emergency – Hurricane Michael
- Emergency Medication Refills : In the event of an Emergency Proclamation, pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-refill WITHOUT authorization from the prescriber.
- Traffic Alerts : Alabama Department of Transportation. Emergency Call Center 888-588-2848 for information on Alabama travel conditions during an emergency event.
- Alabama 211 serves as a point of contact for a variety of programs including disasters Dial 211 or visit 211Connect Alabama
- Alabama Emergency Management Agency
- Emergency Declarations: Tropical Storm Michael Emergency Proclamation (10/7)
- Emergency Medication Refills: In the event of an Emergency Proclamation, pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-refill WITHOUT authorization from the prescriber.
- Traffic Alerts: Florida Department of Transportation. Florida 511 provides information on real-time traffic conditions, major road closures, and alternate routes, as well as county emergency resources. Dial 511 or visit FL511.com
- Florida Emergency Management Agency . https://www.floridadisaster.org/
- Evacuation Notices: See evacuation updates – Know Your Zone
Type 1 diabetes reminders for natural disasters
- Identify yourself as someone who has diabetes
- Stay hydrated
- Keep emergency supplies with you to treat hypoglycemia
- Secure insulin – If you can get to a pharmacy, it’s the best way to access your medicines or get emergency supplies. A list of open pharmacies can be found here. You can search for open pharmacies HERE.
Storing Insulin & Discarding Sharps
- Storing Insulin . For the people with diabetes who use insulin, it is important to store insulin as directed so that it remains usable by those who need it. Download the tip sheet. For more information, visit the FDA website.
- Discarding Sharps . Outside the home, you make sure you have something to store your needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharps for safekeeping.
Resources from device and supply companies –
- Lilly Answers Center – Call 1-800-545-5979 if you need assistance with insulin or other medicine that has been damaged or destroyed by the storm.
- Medtronic Storm Hotline – Call 1-800-646-4633 ext 64545. For more information, visit here .
- Omnipod users – Podders needing supplies can contact customer care team at 800-591-3455. We have been notified that local representatives in affected areas will have additional supplies.
If you want to help …
Donate funds –
- Donate to the American Red Cross. You can also give a quick $10 donation now by texting “REDCROSS” to 90-999.
- Donate to Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization in all 50 states of the US and 70 countries.
- Donate to Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children and families most in need.
Donate insulin + test strips – Insulin For Life USA aids those living with diabetes by supplying life-saving insulin and other supplies. In order to continue to provide emergency supplies, Insulin for Life is specifically requesting the following:
- Insulin (unopened, not expired)
- Test strips (of any variety)
Send supplies to:
5745 SW 75th Street, #116
Gainesville, Florida 32608
Donate your home
- Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between October 8, 2018 , to October 29, 2018 , and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims for free.
Note : Beyond Type 1 is proud to be a part of the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition, alongside American Diabetes Association, Insulin for Life USA, JDRF, the American Association for Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Association for Diabetes Educators, Endocrine Society, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lilly, Insulet, and T1D Exchange, among others. This content is from the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition.