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CASE STUDY

Hurricane Michael - October 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall in the contiguous United States in terms of pressure, peaking as a high-end Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale. As it approached the Florida Panhandle, Michael attained peak winds of 155 mph (250 km/h), making landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as the first Category 4 hurricane to strike the region.

Days before the storm arrived

SRP deployed Disaster Response teams with a convoy of critical equipment and manpower to the key impact zones, supporting community preparations. From a strategically-located, central command station, our response teams quickly identified high-risk properties throughout the community, working on-site with property owners, managers and local authorities to proactively prepare before the full impact of the storm. Staging equipment in safe areas, the team worked to ensure they could readily access and deploy the equipment as needed despite road closures and such.

SRP incident command center

As the epic storm made landfall

The team bunkered down on full-alert, monitoring the situation until such time as they felt safe to begin response efforts. Then, immediately as the storm began to pass with thousands of downed power lines and an indescribable amount of debris covering the land, SRP network crews worked in service with local authorities to help clear roads and manage life-safety efforts. As one of the only response teams within the impact zone during the storm, SRP was fortunately able to immediately assist critical life-supporting medical facilities like the Bay County Hospital, Neuro Imaging Centers, as well as numerous multi-family properties, including both hi-rise and low-rise buildings, shopping centers, municipalities, schools and countless community churches throughout the region.

After the storm

Early reports emerged, attributing at least 60 human casualties, including 45 in the United States. Estimated damages from Hurricane Michael exceeded $14.58 billion  (2018 USD), with at least $3.3 billion in insurance claims and over $5.18 billion in the U.S. losses to agriculture and timber. Within the Florida panhandle, the Mexico Beach and Panama City beaches endured the worst losses, resulting from extreme winds and storm surge. Many homes were destroyed and trees felled over a wide swath of the panhandle.

The SRP team feels incredibly grateful and proud to serve the people of these communities as they work to recover. SRP currently remains in the area, continuing to assist our clients and the larger panhandle communities as they clean up and rebuild, committed to their successful recovery. Please contact us to discuss your needs. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

Restoration team members stopping for a photo