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Hurricane Irma Recovery Program
Hurricane Irma—the second of three devastating hurricanes to hit the U.S. in 2017—brought damaging winds and flooding from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico, across Florida and five other states. As the storm threatened the entire state of Florida, millions of people evacuated. High winds and storm surge brought widespread damage destroyed thousands of homes.
In the immediate response, Red Cross volunteers joined with our partners to provide shelter for tens of thousands of people with nowhere else to turn, as well as food, relief supplies and comfort for hurricane survivors. The Red Cross also provided financial assistance to help severely affected households buy necessities like groceries and clothing.
Now two years later, the Red Cross is focused on delivering programs that will help people recover and address lingering community needs. In Florida, the Red Cross is using donated dollars to provide financial assistance to households that need extra help and planning to provide grants for community-based recovery services.