Project Unify ready to help victims of Hurricane Ian

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Many Alabamians say they are ready to help those affected by the storm. From making room for evacuees, to utility crews and volunteer organizations heading to the disaster area, efforts to help are just beginning.

Project Unify is a Decatur-based group that travels to areas affected by natural disasters. The group is now preparing to hit the road to help. This is in addition to a handful of local utility companies whose linemen will be essential to restoring power. People are holed up in Florida as Hurricane Ian passes.

Voluntary organizations in northern Alabama, including Project Unify, are ready to help.

“The first group leaves on Sunday,” said Cody Michael of Project Unify. “They will take a lot of water behind me, they will take the skid steer loader to clean it.”

Meanwhile, Huntsville and Fayetteville Utilities have ready-to-deploy crews ready to help restore power. Michael said they would help feed these essential workers.

“Our group going down on Sunday is getting snacks like take-out to help the linemen. Because the restaurants are closed. Where are they going to eat? Michael continued.

News 19 spoke to a woman who evacuated Clearwater to Brandon.

“I live in clear water and I live on the water. The back of my yard is Tampa Bay. I live on the third floor, so I’m pretty high,” says Pamela Griffin.

Griffin says she hopes when she gets home, everything will be fine.

“My friends are over there,” Griffin explained. “They say they still have power and they live a bit inland. They still have electricity, water, internet, everything.

But not everyone will have the same luck. That’s why the work of groups like Project Unify is so important.

“We’ve seen so many kids in Louisiana go crazy over a bottle of Gatorade because they’ve been drinking bottled water in the last two weeks,” Michael said.

Michael said that if you want to help, every item donated to Project Unify will get into the hands of people in need.

“Just watching people’s morale rebuild their hope through what we’re able to do from northern Alabama is huge,” Michael said.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau says Huntsville and Madison County have plenty of hotel rooms for anyone evacuating or needing shelter after the storm.

For more information, contact Project Unify at 256-353-4256 or wearedecaturcoc@gmail.com.


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