Hurricane Michael


Last updated October 17,  8 p.m. ET

A week after Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle, the scope of the storm’s fury is still emerging as the death toll rises and rescuers search for the missing in the hardest-hit areas. More than 1,000 people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 33.

At a Glance

  • Hurricane Michael carved swaths of devastation as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
  • At least 33 deaths have been blamed on the hurricane.
  • Water rescues were needed in Virginia as Michael’s deluge prompted flash flood emergencies.
  • Sixty miles inland, the town of Marianna, Florida, still suffered major damage.

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.

State Resources


  • 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


Additional resources

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

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. Cash is king. After seeing destroyed homes and people who have lost everything, we may be tempted to donate clothing, food, bottled water, or other supplies. Aid organizations say donations like that often create logistical nightmares and more expense. A financial donation can be spent on what is needed most at that particular moment.
  • 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 blood to OneBlood. You can search for their blood drives here.
  • Donate to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity says its role after a natural disaster “is primarily in the long-term recovery of disaster-stricken communities.
  • Donate to National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD) is a coalition of more than 50 national faith-based, community-based and other non-governmental organizations and 55 state-level VOADs that work with local organizations.
  • Donate to World Vision says it is readying relief supplies and identifying church partners in affected areas to respond to the disaster.
 Find more organizations here
  • Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly rated organizations planning to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The list is broken down into these categories: General Aid and Relief; Animal Care and Services; and Food and Hunger Relief.
    Find Charity Navigator’s list here.

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

(352) 327-8649

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