Thursday, September 17


Hurricane Sally - the fourth hurricane to hit the United States this year after Hanna, Isaias and Laura - made landfall on Wednesday, September 16 as a Category 2 storm. With wind speeds of 105 mph and a storm surge of 5 feet, it left widespread flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida. Hundreds of thousands remain without power. Historic and catastrophic flooding continues to unfold with rainfall amounts of 10 - 20 inches, as much as 35 inches in some areas, across the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida panhandle as far east as southeast Mississippi. Sally, now a tropical depression, is still producing torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western and central Georgia. Damage assessments from this slow moving storm are just beginning along the Gulf Coast.


At a time when people are told to stay home, this latest disaster makes life more challenging for many. An even more disrupted school year, loss of property and possessions, and added uncertainty about what the future holds make it even more critical that we shrink time between disaster and recovery and help survivors avoid reaching their breaking point.

As part of our “blue sky day” deployment planning, we created a Disaster Deployment Corps that is structured to respond to more than one disaster at a time. SBP is ready to respond to Hurricane Sally-impacted communities as soon as it is safe to do so, even as we continue to support Hurricane Laura survivors. Staff and AmeriCorps members are prepared to deploy and vehicles and supply kits are staged.

In advance of our team deploying we are taking critical response and recovery first steps:

  • Pulling census and impact data to identify vulnerable communities where we will send our assessment team
  • Providing SBP’s recovery resources through our existing NGO and VOAD network - in just the last 24 hours we have connected with 25 organizations
  • Utilizing existing connections, SBP’s government advisory team will begin sharing our resources with government leaders across Sally-impacted communities to equip them for a prompt recovery


  • Register for in-person and remote volunteer opportunities
  • Share our recovery resources
  • Donate to SBP’s 2020 Disaster Response Fund
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @SBPUSA