With your support, we mounted a massive response to help impacted residents in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and states across the Southeast. With your support, we mounted a massive response to help impacted residents in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and states across the Southeast.
Coming less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Irma was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since 2005.
Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds and flood waters pummeled communities in the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, before carving a destructive path across Florida and beyond. Two years later, we continue to stand with Irma survivors in the Keys and across southern Florida as they rebuild their lives.
The extraordinary generosity of the public helped hundreds of thousands in need after Hurricane Irma.
“You couldn’t do anything any better with your money to help those that need, the way we did. We are very grateful."
Over6,300damaged or destroyed households provided with recovery financial assistance totaling over $37 million
Awarded grants totaling over $15 million to provide longer-term recovery in the most impacted communities
Served over 1.6 million meals and snacks with our partners
Provided over 555,300 overnight stays in shelters with our partners
Distributed over 1.8 million relief items like diapers, cleaning supplies, coolers and comfort kits
You Helped People When It Was Needed Most
None of our response or recovery assistance would be possible without the incredible support of our donors.
Your Gift Supported Relief and Recovery for Irma Survivors
“I was amazed by the help we got from the Red Cross and FEMA. The Red Cross came through right away.”
The Red Cross has raised $97.1 million, including the value of critical donated goods and services, to help Hurricane Irma survivors. (This does not include dollars supporting the Hurricane Irma response from our general Hurricanes of 2017 fund.)
As of August 26, 2019, the Red Cross had programmed approximately $108.9 million on emergency relief and recovery efforts for people affected by Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma Expenses and Commitments
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Two Years Later: Helping Individuals and Communities Recover
As Irma survivors left shelters and returned to their homes, the Red Cross was already planning and preparing to meet longer-term recovery needs.
Today, the Red Cross continues to help with unmet needs for those impacted by Hurricane Irma and support community-based recovery services in the affected areas. Two years after Hurricane Irma’s devastating impact, the Red Cross continues working with government and non-profit partners, community and faith-based organizations, and Long-Term Recovery Committees to support recovery for affected residents.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Red Cross has established preparedness programs for children in grades K through 12, making presentations and supplying a starter emergency kit to over 3,800 students to date. The Red Cross also implemented a grant program for seniors and disabled citizens to assist with unmet needs, as well as another grant program to help hurricane-impacted farmers that has now been extended for another two years.
In Florida, we are using donated dollars to provide financial assistance for households that need extra help and grants to partners with specialized expertise to support community-based recovery services.
Support Disaster Relief Efforts
The Red Cross honors donor intent and all donations earmarked for Disaster Relief will be used to help people affected by disasters, big and small. Americans work hard for their money, and we’re committed to being the very best stewards of our donors’ dollar. The Red Cross keeps our expenses low and an average of 90 cents of every dollar we spend is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.