Floridians Suffering From Hurricane Burnout and Looking for Help

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Victims of Hurricane Dennis are still in a state of shock as they try to get a handle on what’s left of their homes and businesses.

Michael Milllander ran a seafood market in Franklin County.

"I probably lost everything I’ve accumulated in the past eight or 10 years. I’ve about lost everything,” he says.

But at a hotline set up to help victims, the calls are few and far between. Michelle Kelly says she’s only gotten a couple since her shift started.

"Someone from Ft. Lauderdale, she wanted to volunteer in her local community, so I directed her to the Volunteer Florida Web site.”

Each offer is appreciated, but what relief organizations like the Salvation Army and Red Cross really need is cash. Although Dennis wasn’t as devastating as Ivan, coordinators with Volunteer Florida say Dennis still left thousands of victims.

Alex Amparo of Volunteer Florida says, "This was a category three hurricane that has impacted a community, several communities, and people are in need, so it’s very important that the need is real.”

And the need is scattered across more than a dozen counties in north Florida, but with hard-working volunteers and generous contributions, relief groups are promising to help ease the pain.

Insured losses from Hurricane Dennis are expected to be between a billion and two and a half billion dollars. To make a financial contribution or to offer your volunteer services, call 1-800-FL-HELP-1.


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