It’s been a week since Hurricane Ian hit Florida, and the American Red Cross is working day and night, alongside our partners, to provide food, shelter and comfort to those dealing with the heartbreaking devastation left by this huge storm.
Many neighborhoods that housed retirees on fixed incomes and mobile home parks have remained unrecognizable and conditions still make it difficult to get help. With the help of our partners, we are reaching out to offer relief and support so that no one faces this difficult time alone.
RED CROSS RESPONSE With the help of the Southern Baptist Convention, several mobile kitchens are now preparing tens of thousands of hot meals each day. More than 80 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are on the road delivering hot meals and relief supplies to people in need in the hardest hit areas.
Red Cross emergency shelters remain open to give people a safe place to rest, and disaster relief posts are also open where people can get food and relief. Trained volunteers also provide health and mental health support to families who have suffered unimaginable losses. This includes replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses, or essential medical equipment like canes and wheelchairs.
As of Tuesday evening, more than 2,000 people sought refuge at nearly 20 Red Cross and partner shelters across Florida. More than 1,500 Red Crosses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are supporting relief efforts, and together with our partners, we have provided nearly 355,000 meals and snacks to those in need. On Tuesday alone, some 142,000 meals were provided.
We also distributed more than 62,000 comfort kits and other relief items like cleaning supplies. Among the partners the Red Cross works with are the NAACP, which supports feeding operations, and Save the Children, which provides support to children in emergency shelters.
Red Cross teams are beginning to compile more detailed residential assessments, including the number of homes affected and the extent of that damage. This essential information will be used to plan the support families may need in the weeks and months ahead.
HOW TO GET HELP If you need a safe place to stay or a hot meal, find open shelters on redcross.org, the free Red Cross emergency app, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS ( 800-733-2767) and selecting the disaster option. You can also find shelters by following local authorities in your county and city on social media or by monitoring local news.
Anyone affected by the storm is urged to stop at a shelter for information, a hot meal, phone charging, relief supplies and other essential aid. The Red Cross helps anyone in need after a disaster, and everyone is welcome in our shelters. All disaster assistance is free and we don’t require people to show ID to enter a shelter – just their name and where they lived before the disaster.
Our workers will do everything possible to comfortably accommodate service animals and pets. If you are going to a shelter, please bring your own animal cage, supplies, medications, and food whenever possible.
Depending on the situation, pets may need to be housed in a different location with the support of animal welfare groups. Please consider visiting redrover.org/hurricaneian for additional pet resources.
Report missing loved ones on Missing.FL.gov, and report yourself or your loved ones as found and safe on Safe.FL.gov. Residents of Lee and Charlotte counties can find information about emergency roof coverings provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers at BlueRoof.us.
YOU CAN HELP people affected by Hurricane Ian by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word IAN to 90999 to donate $10. Your donation is a commitment to help those in need, and every donation counts. Financial donations allow the Red Cross to prepare, intervene and help people recover from this disaster.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD Dangerous weather conditions and flooding canceled dozens of blood drives and around 1,000 blood and platelet donations were not collected. People in unaffected areas of the country – especially those with type O blood types – are urged to donate blood now to help ensure that patients in affected areas continue to have access to life-saving blood. Please schedule an appointment to donate blood today using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP Generous donations from members of the annual Red Cross Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Response Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters, large and small, to intervene whenever a disaster strikes and to help families through the recovery process.
Million Dollar ADGP Members:
Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Best buy; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Wholesale Costco; Delta Airlines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Microsoft Corp. ; National 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.
$500,000 ADGP Members:
Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital 1; CarMax; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; general dollar; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Company; General Motors; Google.org The Home Depot Foundation; International Paper; The JM Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Mutual freedom of insurance; Lockheed Martin Company; MasterCard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PepsiCo Foundation; selling power ; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The companies TJX, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and the Wawa Foundation.
ADGP Members $250,000:
7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES company; Ameriprise Financial; Assuring; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CDW; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; NAC insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Fair; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Port Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; HCA Health; Hewlett Packard Corporate 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 company; McKesson Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwest Mutual; Former Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project, a New Venture Fund project; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Mission Band of Indians; the Lending Hand Foundation of Security Finance; ServiceNow; South West Airlines; Tata Consulting Services; U-Haul International; American Bank Foundation; and Zurich.