Gulf Coast Battening Down in Anticipation of Major Hurricane

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018  Cincinnati, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization in Cincinnati, OH is prepared and ready to respond to Hurricane Michael once it makes landfall later Wednesday.

Hurricane Michael is currently a Category 2 hurricane and is forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane near the Florida panhandle or Florida Big Bend on Wednesday. As Hurricane Michael strengthens, there are emergency declarations in more than 100 counties, stretching 300 miles from Alabama to Florida. It’s expected to create a life-threatening storm surge, flooding rainfall, heavy winds, and widespread power outages. If the current models are correct, Michael could be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida’s Panhandle Gulf Coast in 13 years according to the National Weather Service.

Matthew 25: Ministries is carefully monitoring the storm and preparing our Disaster Response vehicles and team for a possible deployment. Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Fleet includes two Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Units that can do up to 300 loads of laundry a day, an Ice Unit that can produce up to 10,000 pounds of ice a day as well as two customized panel trucks that are loaded with supplies such as P&G personal care kits, household and cleaning products, Cintas first aid and safety kits and supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers, Charmin toilet paper, Tide Pods, and tarps.

“This hurricane is growing rapidly and has the potential to be a very dangerous and damaging storm,” said Matthew 25’s CEO Tim Mettey.  “We are prepared to respond as soon as the path of the storm becomes clear we are able to reconnect with our partners on the ground to ensure they are able to receive supplies. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who may be affected by this disaster.”

Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team just returned from the Carolinas, where they spent almost three weeks providing disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Florence. Additionally, Matthew 25 has shipped more than 18 truckloads (over 325,000 pounds) of aid to partners in the hurricane disaster areas with more shipments of aid scheduled over the coming weeks.

For the most current information on Matthew 25’s response, please visit our website at www.m25m.org or follow Matthew 25 on Facebook and Twitter.

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. All designated funds are used for the purpose intended. Matthew 25 also welcomes volunteers six days a week at their Blue Ash facility.  For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer or Mary Tignor at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook facebook.com/m25m.org, Pinterest pinterest.com/m25m/, Instagram instagram.com/m25m_org and Twitter twitter.com/M25M_org.

ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 15,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 20,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 has been highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of approximately 3,000 four star charities on Charity Navigator.  Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joodi Archer or Mary Tignor at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.

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