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Our hearts are heavy and we pray for our fellow Americans in the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas, as they work through the trail of devastation caused by Hurricane Michael—the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Panhandle in recorded history. As a category 4 hurricane, Michael has already taken 13 lives, and the number of victims is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue. 

Those impacted by Michael need our help! We pray for the first responders and all involved in the rescue efforts. We pray for the families that lost their homes or loved ones. Please join our colleagues and friends who are lending their support to the victims, relief workers, and all those affected by this terrible natural disaster.

Note: The HNBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is coordinating their efforts to work with the ABA YLD and Florida state YLD for disaster relief. The effort is being organized by the ABA. More details coming soon!


For more information on how to help, HNBA members and allies can contact any of the following organizations:

Florida Disaster Fund — Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to provide financial support to those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Red Cross — The Red Cross has cited a “critical need” for blood and platelet donations following Michael. Appointments can be made on the organization’s website, via its blood donor app or by calling 1-800-733-2767. The Red Cross has an 84 rating on Charity Navigator.

OneBlood —The nonprofit OneBlood, which serves Florida and most of the Southeast, is also encouraging people to donate.

GlobalGiving — GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Michael Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping emergency medical workers “meet immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.” It has a 96 rating on Charity Navigator.

 GoFundMe created a page with Michael-related campaigns, including a general relief fund that is being managed by the Direct Impact Fund, a nonprofit.

Airbnb -Airbnb hosts in the regions marked on this map are opening their homes for free to relief workers and those displaced by the storm from Oct. 8 to Oct. 29. Those interested in hosting evacuees can sign up here.

Samaritan's Purse is calling for donations and volunteers to deliver aid and help homeowners rebuild. The organization has a 98 rating on Charity Navigator.

SBP, a national disaster recovery nonprofit, will provide services like gutting and mold remediation and help residents rebuild. The organization has a 94 rating on Charity Navigator.

Save the Children is providing hygiene kits, portable cribs, baby wipes, toys and children’s activities. The organization has an 88 rating on Charity Navigator.

Donors Choose — In the coming weeks, Donors Choose will help teachers at storm-impacted schools create projects for the disaster recovery materials they need. When you give to this recovery fund, they will prioritize supporting teachers at schools that have been severely impacted by the storm, followed by teachers who are supporting students who have been individually impacted. The organization has a 96 rating on Charity Navigator.

International Medical Corps — At the request of the Florida Department of Health, International Medical Corps has sent multiple teams of doctors and nurses to the state to respond to Hurricane Michael. International Medical Corps volunteer doctors and nurses will help staff medical facilities and special-needs shelters affected by the storm, and potentially establish field-based medical treatment capacity for communities with heavy infrastructure damage. Check here for how you can help. The organization has a 84 rating on Charity Navigator.

With much love and prayers,

Jennifer Salinas
National President
Hispanic National Bar Association

About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.  For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.

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