As the deadliest hurricane to strike Florida since 1935, Hurricane Ian was a large and destructive Category 4 Atlantic hurricane. It brought widespread destruction to western Cuba and the southeast United States, particularly Florida and South Carolina.
During Hurricane Ian's storm surge, homes were inundated by water, which left mold, mud, and muck behind, causing extensive damage for many residents. Most of these residents didn't have flood insurance. As a result, homeowners and renters are facing potentially life-changing expenses that could leave them homeless.
You can help in so many ways! From charitable donations to medical help to delivering food to those impacted by the hurricane and the support teams.
Do not self-deploy to disaster areas!
Listed below are ways to provide support without putting yourself or others at risk.
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Florida Disaster Fund
This organization provides blood to more than 250 hospitals throughout Florida and parts of the South. They are encouraging people not affected by the storm to consider donating blood. While all blood types are needed, there is a particular call for O Negative and O Positive donors.
Find a Big Red Bus blood drive or a donor center near you
World Central Kitchen
For food relief efforts, WCK activates our Chef Relief Team, comprised of professional chefs, logistics experts, and other specialists to establish and oversee the emergency kitchens we operate after a disaster.
The Salvation Army - Emergency Disaster Services
From Florida to Puerto Rico, the Salvation Army has been giving emergency services, temporary housing, food and emotional/spiritual care to survivors of Hurricanes Ian and Fiona. The organization estimates that they are helping 1 million evacuees in their Florida shelters alone, each feeding 500-1,500 people per day.
Operation BBQ Relief
Operation BBQ Relief is deployed in Port Charlotte, FL serving hot meals to those impacted by Hurricane Ian, First Responders and Emergency Personnel, Utility Crews, other civic and volunteer organizations, and anyone who needs a hot meal. No experience is necessary.