A little over three months ago, Hurricane Irma battered numerous communities across Florida after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean and devastating the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Irma also brought flooding and wind damage to five other southeastern states.
While still responding to Hurricane Harvey and that huge storm’s devastation in Texas and Louisiana, the American Red Cross again mobilized resources and disaster workers from all over the country to help residents impacted by Irma. And three months later, the American Red Cross continues to support relief and recovery for hurricane survivors. The Red Cross has joined with a large team of partners to help residents move through the recovery process and access the critical services and resources they need to get back on their feet.
Red Cross caseworkers have connected with people impacted by Irma one-on-one, helping them create recovery plans and providing them an opportunity to share their needs, ask questions, and—for the most severely impacted residents—obtain financial assistance. The Red Cross has opened more than 11,400 cases for those who need extra recovery help, reaching more than 38,900 people across Florida.
After the devastating storm ravaged Florida from the Keys to Jacksonville, more than 7,000 trained Red Cross workers helped hundreds of thousands of people affected by Irma. With partners, the Red Cross provided the following:More than 550,000 overnight shelter staysMore than 1.5 million meals and snacksMore than 1 million relief itemsMore than 52,600 health and mental health services
Full details on the Red Cross response to Hurricane Irma are available here.