Many still working to recover from Hurricane during COVID-19 outbreak

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The coronavirus outbreak has made life tough for most everyone in our country and even tougher for locals who are recovering from Hurricane Michael. Especially victims with moderate to low income.

Many local storm victims are struggling to recover during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially moderate to low income families. (WJHG/WECP)

Donna Pilson with Rebuild Bay County Inc. said recovery is moving even slower due to the pandemic.

“We do still have some organizations working. They’re practicing social distancing. They’re having to reduce the amount of work they can do in the house or change the criteria of the homes to be able to follow the CDC guidelines,” said Rebuild Bay County Inc. Executive Director Donna Pilson.

Pilson said several storm victims lost their jobs because they worked at restaurants and businesses that have had to shut down due to the pandemic. Now they’re in need of more services and supplies, like food.

Which is why Rebuild Bay is making a backup food plan to help support local food pantries.

“Not just making sure that the food is available but making sure, those organizations that had active food pantries, we're providing them with other resources like the manpower to continue to operate or reestablish some operations,” said Pilson.

Pilson said they’re also planning to help distribute food to storm victims in the community, while also working to provide ways to help them recover from Hurricane Michael.
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