Disaster News

Sunday, October 14th. 2018

A personal message from our Chairman and founder; who is on site at the moment.

"It is terrible to witness the suffering, the people in the panhandle of Florida are going through right now. Hurricane Micheal has destroyed so many homes and lives.

It is currently 2am in the morning. A few minutes ago I was sleeping in the back of one of our pickup trucks, and was awakened by the sound of a large generator running in the parking lot at the fire station in the town of Callaway Florida, and thought it would be a good time to post something about this mission.I don’t know when everyone will see and read this post, because I will need to travel 20 to 30 miles for cell service.

I have been very fortunate to help hundreds of thousands of people around the world after major disasters strike by providing free fuel, but this disaster may be one of the toughest ones I have responded to so far. Growing up in Florida may have a little bit to do with it too.

Every tall tree is snapped in half or has crashed through someone’s home. Some people have completely lost everything they own. Power lines and poles are down everywhere. It is unbelievably more people did not die. What we see on our 70 inch TVs screens can never show or describe the destruction, and how lives will be changed forever.

This town is in complete darkness. Not only are the people suffering from the lack of electricity, but also running water. Unable to use the their toilets, take a shower or wash is already starting to make the situation that much worse.

Jobs are lost, some forever, people are running out of cash, and who knows when children will return to schools. So many people are in need of help.

Yesterday, the day after Micheal hit the panhandle of Florida, Fuel Relief Fund arrived and spent the day until dark providing fuel to all the first responders that needed it. We had to help the city staff, fire, and police and their families first, so they can continue helping others. It was amazing how many people came by from the general public hoping to also receive free fuel only to be told they had to wait until the morning, but everyone completely understood we needed to help the first responders first, and so many simply said God Bless you and see you in the morning.

I have been hugged many times over the years by both men and women for what we do, but yesterday was the first time I’ve been hugged by men working for a city. One of these men is a city commissioner and as he hugged me, he started to cry and couldn’t stop. That was a tough one for me. And a tough one to write now.

It is times like these that I find myself being very fortunate to be able to witness firsthand, thousands of people coming together helping each other with food, water, shelter, a helping hand and/or a simple hug.

I would just like to thank my wife, family, friends, volunteers, board members, partners, employees and donors for all you do for me. Cheers Ted"

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

This was the somber scene in Alabama as Fuel Relief Fund made our way to the Florida Panhandle. Homes destroyed, downed power lines and trees strewn across the road. Gas station after gas station - out of fuel, without power, or completely demolished.

With flight delays and road closures, the FRF team hopes to make it to the coast by Friday and will set up and begin distributing fuel as soon as possible.

We’ll be posting updates here as often as possible but for the most up-to-date information about our location and hours for distribution, find us on Facebook at Facebook

To support our efforts to assist Hurricane Michael survivors, visit www.fuelrelieffund.org/donate

 

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Fuel Relief Fund has deployed a team to the Florida Panhandle in response to Hurricane Michael, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm earlier today. Having strengthened rapidly overnight, Hurricane Michael gave almost 4.2 million people in its path little to no time to prepare or evacuate. As a result, the humanitarian impact of this disaster is estimated to be significant.

As of 11 pm local time, fuel needs along the Florida coast are critical. Fuel Relief Fund plans to reach the hardest-hit areas within the next 24 hours to begin fuel distribution. Stay tuned for updates here and on our social media pages.

To donate to the Hurricane Michael response click here

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fuel Relief Fund has been featured on KESQ News Channel 3/CBS Local 2 for our work in response to Hurricane Florence.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fuel Relief Fund is mobilizing resources in preparation for a potential deployment to the eastern coast of the United States for Hurricane Florence. Slated to make landfall in the Carolinas and Virginia late Thursday or early Friday, Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm with windspeeds of around 130 mph.

Warnings have been issued for dangerous storm surge, flash flooding, and extreme-force winds, and evacuation orders for over a million people across all three states are now in effect. Long gas station lines and fuel shortages are already being reported in the region as people prepare to leave their homes.

For more information on Hurricane Florence and its likely impact, visit NOAA's National Hurricane Center at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Florence.

We will be providingregular updates on FRF's deployment status so stay tuned.

And please consider donating so that we're able to deploy SMARTER, FASTER, and STRONGER to deliver fuel to those who need it most.