Here’s How You Can Help Those Affected By Hurricane Ian

published Oct 4, 2022
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As of Monday, Oct. 3, Hurricane Ian is responsible for 101 deaths and 1,600 rescues in the state of Florida, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office. Over 600,000 homes and businesses still remain without power and over 100 boil-water advisories are in place across the state. Slowly but surely, clean-up efforts are starting to begin, and officials believe Ian will be the most expensive storm clean-up in Florida history.

Right now, Floridians are focusing on gathering their strength to enter the rebuilding phase, and there are several organizations and funds that are helping them stay dry, fed, and safe as flood waters recede. Here are a handful of places to give to in order to support Florida residents during this time.

The Florida Ian Response Fund helps urgently assist affected communities by working with and allocating funds to grassroots, on-the-ground organizations including Florida Rising, Dream Defenders, Florida Immigrant Coalition, FL Jobs With Justice, and Faith in Florida, all of which supply food, supplies, shelter, and relief programs to those affected by flooding and hurricane damage. The fund previously raised over $2 million in response to 2017’s Hurricane Irma.

You can also donate funds to The Florida Disaster Fund spearheaded by Volunteer Florida. It’s the State of Florida’s official private fund that distributes donations to service organizations in partnership with the public sector, private sector, and other non-governmental organizations.

Global Giving has set up a Hurricane Ian relief fund that will be put toward food, water, fuel, hygiene products, and shelter for those affected.

World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés, is preparing and serving both hot and cold meals for those affected by the storm every day at several locations around Florida. WCK is also building relationships with local restaurants to get everyone back on their feet sooner than later. 

The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations as well as blood donations for those in need. Right now, Red Cross volunteers are on the ground delivering meals and providing emergency services and shelter to affected locals and money donated will go to recovery efforts and excess will be put toward future disaster relief preparations.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has information for those who would like to volunteer their services on the ground in Florida and are also accepting monetary donations. They are asking that you do not donate physical items to Florida VOAD, as these donations will only slow down response efforts.

For those who are local to affected areas, you can mark yourselves and others as safe to help narrow down the search and rescue efforts via FloridaDisaster.org’s “Report a Safe Person” page.

And to help animals affected by Hurrican Ian, check out and donate to Best Friends, PAWS Chicago, and American Humane which are all working to relocate shelter animals and reunite pets with their owners (as well as rescue pets with new owners) after the chaos of the hurricane.

It will take time and strength to rebuild the places that Ian passed through, but with the help of others, those affected by the storm can find comfort sooner than later.