How to Help Hurricane Ian Victims in Florida and Cuba – NBC Chicago

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as one of the most powerful storms in decades, leaving residents without power, overwhelming streets and ripping homes off their foundations.

Many residents barricaded their homes and took refuge in shelters ahead of the storm.

Here’s how you can help.

The American Red Cross

More than 500 trained Red Cross rescue workers are on the ground in Florida helping victims to safety from Hurricane Ian.

Before the hurricane made landfall, the organization moved extra beds, blankets, comfort kits and other supplies to the area to prepare to help up to 60,000 people.

Emergency vehicles are ready statewide.

The organization sent several hundred blood products to the state ahead of the storm to ensure patients continued to have access to a blood supply.

The American Red Cross takes donations here.

Florida Volunteer

Volunteer Florida is the state’s primary agency for organizing volunteers. He manages the Florida Disaster Fund, a private fund created to help communities recover from disasters.

Its website already lists volunteer opportunities for Hurricane Ian, ranging from helping out at a Red Cross shelter to providing mental health services in a disaster.

Volunteer Florida accepts volunteers here.

NASA shared images of Hurricane Ian taken from the International Space Station on Wednesday.

Global donations

Global Giving has launched a Hurricane Ian Relief Fund that will provide immediate and long-term relief to Florida and Cuba.

Hurricane Ian killed two people in Cuba and displaced thousands before heading into Florida, where it made landfall just before a Category 5 storm.

Global Giving’s Hurricane Ian Relief Fund is accepting donations here.

This article will be updated with more organizations.

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