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UWF Haas Center tracks economic impact of Hurricane Michael

The Haas Center at the University of West Florida has created an actively updating dashboard that will track the economic impact of Hurricane Michael in Bay and Gulf counties.

UWF Haas Center tracks economic impact of Hurricane Michael

“The Haas Center has a unique opportunity and perspective to help our community get a handle on the economic impact of Hurricane Michael,” said Amy Newburn, assistant director. “Not only do we have experience with the serious consequences of major storms, but we have also spent the past 25 years studying our region and its economy.”

The dashboard tracks the overall economic impact, as well as statistics on jobs lost, Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance grants, timber industry losses and the number of insurance claims in the two counties.

Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Oct. 10 in the Florida Panhandle, causing catastrophic damage in Bay and Gulf counties, which include Panama City, Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe.

“This is an opportunity to support our community with clear and direct information about the aftermath as it unfolds,” Newburn said. “This will be a continuously updated dashboard. Additional data will be incorporated as we get a hold of timely and accurate information.”

To view the dashboard, visit the Haas Center website.