Overview

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10 as a Category 3 storm after leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean, including significant devastation throughout the Leeward, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Haiti.

If you are a responding NGO or a donor, please send updates on how you are working in this crisis to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org.

If you are a donor looking for recommendations on how to help in this crisis, please email regine.webster@disasterphilanthropy.org.

Sources: The National Weather Service, FEMA, ACAPS, OCHA, National Hurricane Center, VOADs throughout the effected areas, responding NGOs.

Background

Roofing contractors of S & M Associates apply and affix FEMA supplied blue tarp sheets onto a local Naples, Florida home in order to provide a temporary solution for residence housing shelter and prevent further damage. (Photo courtesy FEMA)
Roofing contractors of S & M Associates apply and affix FEMA supplied blue tarp sheets onto a local Naples, Florida home in order to provide a temporary solution for residence housing shelter and prevent further damage. (Photo courtesy FEMA)

Hurricane Irma killed at least 72 people in Florida, and 134 overall as is swept through the Caribbean and up the Gulf Coast. Officials estimate Irma caused between $42 billion and $65 billion in damage in the United States, with the majority of that in Florida.

In addition to damaging homes and businesses, Irma knocked out power to more than four million people in the United States.

Irma also significantly affected tourism in the Florida Keys, which was closed to visitors until Oct. 1. FEMA officials said virtually every home on the chain of islands was affected by Irma, with nearly a quarter of the residences destroyed.

The storm caused widespread flooding along Florida’s west coast and significant damage from the Keys through Georgia.

FEMA made emergency declarations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida and Georgia.

 

 

Critical needs in the Caribbean:

  • Long-term recovery
  • Infrastructure and network repairs

Major Disaster declarations were made in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Emergency declarations have been issued in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. In Florida, 30 shelters remain open with 1,900 occupants.

Critical needs in the U.S.:

  • Long-term business recovery
  • Infrastructure repair

Donors and Funds

  • Abbvie Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • The Allergen Foundation, $100,000 to The American Red Cross, $50,000 to unknown recipients.
  • American Kidney Fund, Inc., $120,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Amgen Foundation Inc., $100,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Amway Corporation Contributions Program, $200,000 to American Red Cross, $50,000 to International Red Cross.
  • The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients working in Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma response.
  • Apple, Inc. Contributions Program, $5 million to unknown recipients in Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief and recovery.
  • AT&T Inc., Contributions Program, $1 million to Team Rubicon, $150,000 to Telecoms Sans Frontieres, $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc., $250,000 to the American Red Cross, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • BB&T Corporation Contributions Program, $250,000 to American Red Cross and $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • BD Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to Americares and $600,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • Bridgestone Americas Inc. Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Inc., $100,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Broward Cares is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County. The three organizations will mutually collect donations and provide assistance for recovery and rebuilding through this collaborative disaster response initiative.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund to focus support on medium and long-term rebuilding needs.
  • Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation Inc., $374,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Chevron Corporation Contributions Program, $400,000 to DonorsChoose.org.
  • Chevron Global Fund, $600,000 to the American Red Cross.
  • Citi Foundation, $1 million to the American Red Cross.
  • The Coca-Cola Foundation Inc., $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Community Foundation of Collier County, in collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County, has launched the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Marlin Counties has launched the Hurricane Assistance Fund.
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota has launched the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.
  • CVS Health Foundation, $50,00 to Florida Disaster Fund.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. Corporate Giving Program, $2 million to multiple recipients.
  • Discover Financial Services Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to the American Red Cross.
  • eBay Inc. Contributions Program, $100,000 to unknown recipient.
  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, $250,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Enterprise Community Partners Inc., has launched the Enterprise Hurrican Community Recovery Fund for immediate and long-term recovery following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund is a collaborative fund launched by the United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville.
  • Ford Motor Company Fund, $150,000 to American Red Cross.
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Contributions Program, $500,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Google.org, $1 million to unknown recipients in Southeast U.S. and Caribbean.
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation has launched its’ Gulf Coast Disaster Fund.
  • Home Depot Foundation, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • The Humana Foundation, Inc., $1 million to the American Red Cross.
  • IBM Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • Kohl’s Corporation Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Lowe’s Companies Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipient.
  • Merck & Co. Inc. Corporate Giving Program, $1.25 million to multiple recipients.
  • The Miami Foundation launched the Irma Relief Fund, the Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, and the Irma Community Recovery Fund.
  • Microsoft Corporation Contributions Program, $250,000 to unknown recipient.
  • National Christian Foundation Tampa Bay, has created a relief fund for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  • New York Community Bancorp, Inc., Contributions Program, $25,000 to Team Rubicon.
  • Our Family Foundation Inc., $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Panda Cares Foundation, $500,000 to American Red Cross, and $500,000 to The Tzu-Chi Foundation.
  • Paypal Holdings Inc., Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross, and $100,000 to Save the Children.
  • PetSmart Charities Inc., $1,115,000 to multiple recipients.
  • PMorgan Chase and Co. Contributions Program, $1 million to multiple recipients in U.S. and Caribbean.
  • PNC Foundation and PNC Bank, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • The Prudential Foundation, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Royal Bank of Canada Contributions Program, $300,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Scotiabank Corporate Giving Program, $250,000 to the Canadian Red Cross and $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Sealed Air Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to World Food Program USA and $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Suntory Holdings Limited Contributions Program, $1 million to the American Red Cross, $100,000 to unknown recipients.
  • SunTrust Foundation, $250,000 to the American Red Cross and $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund is the collaborative fund of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, United Way of Citrus County, United Way of Hernando, United Way of Pasco, and United Way of Suncoast.
  • Target Corporation Contributions Program, $500,000 to the American Red Cross, $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity; $300,000 to unknown recipients, $50,000 to UNICEF, $50,000 to Save the Children.
  • UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • The UPS Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • VS Health Corporation Contribution Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • The Wal-Mart Foundation, Inc., $10 million in cash and in-kind donations to the American Red Cross.
  • The Walt Disney Company Contributions Program, $2.5 million to multiple recipients in Florida and the Caribbean.
  • Wells Fargo & Company Contributions Program, $500,000 to the American Red Cross, $100,000 to International Medical Corps, $500,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Contributions Program, $2 million to Americares, $200,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Verizon Communications Inc. Contributions Program, $2.5 million to Hand in Hand.
  • Xerox Corporation Contributions Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross.

NGOs

An American Red Cross worker assists shelter resident on Sept. 9 at the Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School in Miami Dade (photo courtesy of the American Red Cross)
An American Red Cross worker assists shelter resident on Sept. 9 at the Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School in Miami Dade (photo courtesy of the American Red Cross)
  • American Red Cross provided more than 500,000 overnight stays at centers across four states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has served more than 845,000 meals and snacks to date, provided more than 17,000 mental health and health services contacts, and allocated 3,000 Red Cross workers and 350 volunteers to the relief effort.
  • American Radio Relay League has amateur operations assisting emergency management and VOAD partners in Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It’s also dispatched communication equipment to Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • All Hands Volunteers has deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and is staging in Puerto Rico until communication services improve in St. Thomas.
  • Americares is on the ground in St. Croix working with FEMA and the CDC to get medicines to St. Thomas. It previously prepositioned emergency responders, medicine and hygiene supplies in and around Florida to provide immediate relief in Irma’s wake.
  • CARE teams are conducting early response and assessment in Cuba and Haiti.
  • Catholic Charities has emergency response teams in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as other affected areas with pre-positioned relief items, to include tarps, shelter repair kits, and hygiene and kitchen kits. Cash transfer programming systems are ready and CRS will work with Caritas partners in the northern districts to conduct rapid assessments.
  • Direct Relief has reached out to more than 70 partners throughout Florida and Puerto Rico to offer assistance. Direct Relief shipped ten pallets, each containing 2,000 hygiene kits and 40 emergency medical back packs, to health centers and clinics in Florida Direct Relief has also announced the Hurricane Community Health Fund, which will benefit community health centers and free clinics in Texas, Florida, and other states hit by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
  • Feeding America has food banks across the southeast preparing for the needs in their respective communities to spike. Food banks and state associations in areas that may be impacted have been working together to access additional resources, pre-stage product, and coordinate volunteers. In Puerto Rico, Feeding America is supporting network member Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico as they provide food and supplies to impacted households.
  • Feeding Northeast Florida is working in the Jacksonville area to reopen and restock food pantries. Affected agencies have lost perishable food to power outages and others have been unable to open their doors or deliver food and water because of flooding and debris.
  • Habitat for Humanity is assessing shelter and housing needs throughout the affected area and preparing to respond with its’ chapters in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The initial response will include emergency toolkits, housing repair kits and cleaning kits.
  • Healthcare Ready has activated Rx Open in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. It also has provided insulin, biohazard bags and germicidal wipes to special needs shelters in the region.
  • International Federation of the Red Cross has mobilized throughout the affected area of the Caribbean to begin relief efforts.
  • International Medical Corps has teams in Florida, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico working with local clinics to restore services and mobilize hygiene kits and sanitation supplies.
  • International Rescue Committee is working with refugee clients to educate them on the impending storm and assist them in finding shelter.
  • KaBoom is assessing the play related needs of children and families in the affected areas, to include repairing broken playground equipment, replacing playgrounds and deploying play equipment to serve displaced children.
  • Save the Children has mobilizing staff to distribute relief aid to families in Florida.
  • SOS Children’s Villages is working with affected children and families in Haiti.
  • Team Rubicon is conducting residential debris removal in Montgomery County, Florida, responding to the Melbourne/Rockledge, Florida, area and assessing needs in Collier, St. John’s and Duval counties.
  • Volunteer Florida activated its call center to manage offers of volunteers and donations and has also activated and will manage the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster.
  • World Food Program is responding in Cuba, Haiti, and throughout the Caribbean with food and assessment teams who will establish a long-term recovery plan.
  • World Vision responding in effected areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and preparing to respond in the U.S.

Please send your updates to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org to be included here.

Learn More

  • Follow the National Hurricane Center updates.
  • The Florida Philanthropic Network has created a resource page.

Facts & Stats

  • In Anguilla, more than 90 percent of the roads are impassable.
  • In Barbuda, more than 90 percent of the structures are destroyed.
  • There is high continued risk of wind damage, storm surge, and flooding throughout island areas in coming days.