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Hurricane Ian Destroyed or Damaged Thousands of Florida Homes

A month after Hurricane Ian devastated massive areas of Florida, tons of of individuals stay in shelters and 1000’s extra are relying on the American Red Cross and different organizations for meals, water and different help.

Ian destroyed or induced main harm to no less than 11,000 Florida properties, and this quantity is anticipated to extend as residential assessments proceed. Relief organizations, together with the Red Cross, are striving to assist individuals who don’t have properties to return to.

In one of many largest disaster harm assessments the Red Cross has ever undertaken, Red Cross groups are conducting practically 200,000 door-to-door detailed residential assessments, together with what number of properties have been affected and the extent of that harm. The vital info from this mission can be used to plan what help — together with monetary help — households may have within the coming weeks and months. It will even be shared with different nonprofits and authorities businesses concerned in Hurricane Ian restoration efforts.

Red Cross staff have already related with tons of of households to assist them plan for the longer term and make housing preparations and are nonetheless working with folks in shelters. These preparations will look completely different for every particular person. For instance, some folks could select to dwell with buddies or household whereas they rebuild. Others will transfer into new flats. And some can be helped by transitional sheltering or different housing packages supplied by authorities businesses and different group organizations. Depending on particular person circumstances, this will likely embody monetary help from the Red Cross.

Ian is a serious disaster that’s larger than anyone group can handle by itself. The Red Cross can be a part of the answer — however not the one resolution — to assist households get well.

RED CROSS RESPONSE Since shelters have been opened for this disaster, the Red Cross and companions have supplied greater than 40,000 in a single day stays for greater than 6,800 residents in additional than 70 emergency shelters. Wednesday evening, greater than 870 folks stayed in 7 Red Cross and companion shelters.

Red Cross caseworkers can be found at most shelters to assist folks plan their subsequent steps. With the assistance of companions, cell kitchens are cooking 1000’s of sizzling meals every day, which greater than 65 Red Cross emergency response autos are delivering each day to folks within the hardest hit areas. Red Cross help stations are additionally open the place folks can get meals, reduction provides and different help.

Trained volunteers are offering well being, psychological well being and non secular help to households who’ve suffered unimaginable loss. This consists of assist dealing with new challenges, managing medical situations, caring for wounds or accidents, and changing prescription drugs or different vital medical gear like canes and wheelchairs.

More than 2,600 Red Crossers have supported reduction efforts, and, with the assistance of our companions, supplied greater than 1.5 million meals and snacks, and a few 404,000 reduction objects like cleansing provides and luxury kits.

HOW TO GET HELP If you want a secure place to remain or a sizzling meal, find open shelters on redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) and deciding on the disaster possibility. You can even discover shelters by following your native county and metropolis officers on social media or monitoring native information.

YOU CAN HELP folks affected by Hurricane Ian by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the phrase IAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your present is a dedication to serving to folks in want, and each single donation issues. Financial donations allow the Red Cross to arrange for, reply to and assist folks get well from this disaster.

CORPORATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP The beneficiant donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program allow the American Red Cross to arrange communities for disasters huge and small, reply each time and wherever disasters happen and assist households in the course of the restoration course of.

ADGP $1M Members:
Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Best Buy; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; PayPal; PetSmart Charities; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

ADGP $500K Members:
Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital One; CarMax; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; Dollar General; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Google.org The Home Depot Foundation; International Paper; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mastercard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PepsiCo Foundation; Salesforce; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, dwelling of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and The Wawa Foundation.

ADGP $250K Members:
7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES Corporation; Ameriprise Financial; Assurant; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CDW; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Equitable; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; HCA Healthcare; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Martin Marietta; Mattress Firm; McKesson Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual; Old Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project, a mission of New Venture Fund; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation; ServiceNow; Southwest Airlines; Tata Consultancy Services; U-Haul International; U.S. Bank Foundation; and Zurich.

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