Hurricane Ian made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida as a category 4 storm on Wednesday. According to CNN, to date, it’s one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall on the west coast of the Florida peninsula with serious catastrophic flooding and life threatening storm surge. Our hearts go out to our clients and the people of Florida and surrounding areas.
If you or someone you know was affected by the storm, here are our top tips for navigating the aftermath of a hurricane.
For those interested in supporting recovery efforts in Florida, please consider donating to one of the organizations below and share these resources with anyone affected.
Florida Disaster Fund:
The state's official private relief fund was "established to assist Florida's communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster," according to its website.
You can donate online, send a check or text "DISASTER" to 20222 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross: You can donate online or text "IAN" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The group is also asking for blood donors.
The Red Cross says it has helped operate shelters for those evacuating Hurricane Ian.
This state agency has several volunteer positions available to assist with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, such as volunteering with the Red Cross or assisting with mental health services. Apply online.
Convoy of Hope:
The nonprofit says it is providing groceries to impacted communities in Florida. You can donate online.