How to help those affected by Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian left a trail of damage across Cuba and Florida. As it moves through Florida, now downgraded to a tropical storm, it has left thousands of residents scrambling to recover.

Organizations are already mobilizing to help with relief and recovery efforts after the destructive storm.

How to Help Florida After Hurricane Ian: Fundraisers Verified by GoFundMe

GoFundMe has collected many different funds focused on long-term and short-term relief efforts in Florida after Hurricane Ian. Some fundraisers aim to fund evacuation expenses, local disaster relief teams in the field, and animal rescue missions.

Fundraisers have been approved by GoFundMe:

Damaged boats are seen in the middle of a downtown condominium building after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction, in Fort Myers, Florida September 29, 2022.

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Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is a disaster relief group made up of veterans, which focuses on serving “underserved or economically disadvantaged communities”. The organization raises funds to support its work in Florida.

He said he prepared route clearing crews ahead of the hurricane’s land impact to help clear trees and debris from roads.

Feeding Tampa Bay

Feeding Tampa Bay provides food to nearly one million food-insecure families in West Central Florida. The group’s disaster preparedness team is “trained and prepared by FEMA to handle disaster situations.”

It works in conjunction with Tampa Bay Area Emergency Operations Centers to provide food, water and hygiene items during disaster relief situations.

World Central Cuisine

World Central Kitchen, launched by chef Jose Andres, provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises. The group has people spread all over Florida, so their relief team can start serving meals to those in need as soon as Hurricane Ian passes.

They raise funds to support their efforts to feed communities, he said.

PHOTO: People hug as they survey property damage caused by Hurricane Ian, Sept. 29, 2022, in Bonita Springs, Florida.

People hug as they survey the property damage caused by Hurricane Ian, September 29, 2022, in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund

This fund “supports initiatives that prioritize communities devastated by Atlantic hurricanes, particularly those facing systemic barriers to an equitable recovery,” according to the organization’s website.

It focuses on meeting medium- and long-term needs, such as rebuilding homes, funding mental health services, and other challenges that communities face in the recovery process.

Florida Disaster Fund

The Florida Disaster Fund is Florida’s official private fund that provides financial assistance to cities across the state in the event of emergencies and disasters.

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