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MDS volunteers repair and build homes in the Florida Panhandle, after October 2018's Hurricane Michael.MDS volunteers repair and build homes in the Florida Panhandle, after October 2018's Hurricane Michael.

Disaster Date:10/10/2018

Marianna, FL RV


What Happened

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL on October 10, 2018 as a Category 5 Hurricane with sustained winds of 160mph. By the time it reached Marianna it was a Category 3 hurricane. It was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States. Hurricane Michael caused at least $14.5 billion dollars in damages.

Volunteer in Marianna, FL RV

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be staying at RV sites at Evangel Church in Marianna, FL. All of the sites have 30 and 50-amp hookups available. RV volunteers will be doing repair work which includes drywall repair, flooring, painting, trim work, kitchen cabinets, replacing interior and exterior doors and/or windows, and building ramps and repairing porches. There is the possibility of one new build happening as well.


Marianna is the county seat of Jackson County, FL, which is in the ‘panhandle’ of Florida. Marianna has a population of approximately 7,300 people and the Chipola River forms the eastern border of the city. The downtown area has been restored to encourage tourism. Florida Caverns State Park is located just to the north of Marianna.

Weekly Reports

Marianna, FL RV – Mar 7-11, 2022

We have had a lot of excitement in Marianna this past week.  Wildfires were raging just south of us, tornado warnings at 5:00 a.m. with an excursion to the Evangel Church Activity Center for safety, and then much-needed rainfall.   We could have...

Marianna, FL RV – Feb 28-Mar 3, 2022

Spring is in the air – very warm (80’s) air this week!   The new volunteers who arrived over the weekend are getting acclimated to our worksites.  We had another house blessing and are thankful that we helped a mother and her family have a more...

Marianna, FL RV – Feb 21-25, 2022

We are enjoying warm Florida weather at last!  It has been in the 80’s most of the week, and we love it!  This week we have had the closing of a job, transition of volunteers, and much meaningful work accomplished toward returning clients to full...