Hurricane Ian tore through the western coast of Florida on Wednesday with 150 mph winds and driving rainfall. Harrowing videos of violent storm surge overtaking cars and buildings filled social media.
More than 2.6 million homes and businesses were without power Thursday morning, and the death toll was mounting.
"The impacts of this storm are historic and the damage that has been done is historic," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said. "We've never seen a flood event like this; we've never seen a storm surge of this magnitude."
Ian, downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday, was still churning through central Florida on its way to the Atlantic.
Several organizations are on the ground to assist Floridians as they begin to recover. Here’s how you can support Hurricane Ian victims.
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American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is accepting donations to help Hurricane Ian victims at this link. The national organization is providing supplies, shelter and other relief.
Feeding Florida is a network of the national food bank nonprofit Feeding America. The organization is coordinating with food banks across the state to provide food to victims of the hurricane. You can donate here.
Farm Share is a Florida nonprofit that sources leftover fruits and vegetables from farms and distributes them to people across the state. The organization said it was sending truckloads of food and supplies to Floridians and asks people to donate here.
We have sent multiple trucks full of food & supplies from our warehouses in Florida. If you are a company that can provide us with pallets of food, water & supplies please contact us right away. If you can donate we ask that you log on to https://t.co/bn1cdtItlg #Farmshare pic.twitter.com/YpuWZ5YUIa
— Farm Share, Inc. (@FarmShareFL) September 29, 2022
Florida Disaster Fund
Florida’s official disaster relief fund coordinates aid across governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the state. You can donate here.
Convoy of Hope
This Missouri-based nonprofit is delivering supplies to Hurricane Ian victims. Its donation page outlines what your donation amount can cover for a family. For example, $15 creates “a family hygiene kit.” You can donate here.
CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)
CORE is a global disaster relief organization that began its work by helping victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The nonprofit said it was providing support to people of Florida. You can donate here.
Hurricane Ian hit Florida today as one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S. in decades. CORE has relief supplies ready & will be assessing the most urgent needs as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Donate now: https://t.co/s1utWOXvtk#CORE #COREresponse #HurricaneIan #Florida pic.twitter.com/0NfHzlrU3c
— CORE (@CoreResponse) September 28, 2022
Dream Defenders – Community Emergency Operation Center
This nonprofit is collecting food and supplies to deliver to hurricane victims. It is run by Dream Defenders, a Florida nonprofit supporting Black and Brown young people across the state. You can donate here.
🚨WE KEEP US SAFE: Want to help Floridians during Hurricane Ian? Volunteer, donate, or drop off items! The Community Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) will be collecting items and delivering them across the state of Florida beginning tomorrow, Thursday, September 29. pic.twitter.com/Lnme1yerpx
— Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) September 28, 2022
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How to volunteer
Volunteer Florida has a list of volunteer opportunities, both in-person and virtual. Find a list here.
Its opportunities include joining a Red Cross Disaster Action Team that provides 24-hour support and a Disaster Mental Health team to help Floridians with long-term recovery from trauma.
The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations in the wake of Hurricane Ian, according to its website. You can find a blood drive in your area by searching your ZIP code here or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
🌀 HURRICANE IAN REQUEST: 🌀
Although we don't typically service hospitals in Florida, we've sent several hundred type O blood products to our partner in the state to ensure blood remains available for patients in areas expected to be impacted by the storm. 🧵 (1/2) pic.twitter.com/IyJWE6wdGJ
— American Red Cross #HurricaneIan (@RedCross) September 28, 2022
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Contributing: John Bacon and Celina Tebor, USA TODAY; Phyllis Cha and Claire Rafford, Indianapolis Star
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How can I help with Hurricane Ian? Volunteer, donate to Florida