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. Deaths have been attributed to the storm all along its’ path and many islands remain without power and with little shelter.

In Florida, damage assessments are being carried out. More than seven million were evacuated throughout the state, and many will begin returning soon as areas reopen and services are restored.

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.


FEMA task force workers conduct a rescue operation on St. Thomas. (Photo courtesy of FEMA)

An emergency disaster declaration has been made for the U.S. Virgin Islands, where ports remain closed and most are without power. The majority of the water shortage is because of power failures.

Responding disaster relief and recovery organizations are hampered by damaged roads, bridges, and airports; as well as destroyed communication networks and power outages. Currently, some of the worst affected areas in the Caribbean include Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Saint Barthelemy, and Saint Martin.

Critical needs in the Caribbean:

  • Shelter
  • Debris removal
  • Water and Sanitation (WASH) and repair of water and sewage systems; bottled water
  • Infrastructure and network repairs
  • Medical needs, in particular, concerns that cholera will escalate in Haiti and concerns that those injured in the storm will have exacerbated conditions due to delayed care.

Major Disaster declarations have been made in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Emergency declarations have been issued in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. In Florida, 2 million people are without power and nearly 20,000 are in shelters. Responding disaster organizations are still trying to establish locations to work from in the damaged area.

Critical needs in the U.S.:

  • Shelter and housing
  • Power restoration
  • Medical needs (24 hospitals closed in Florida and Georgia; numerous other medical facilities closed and/or evacuated.

Donors and Funds

  • The Allergen Foundation, $100,000 to The American Red Cross, $50,000 to unknown recipients.
  • American Kidney Fund, Inc., $120,000 to unknown recipients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Discover Financial Services Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to the American Red Cross.
  • 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.
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Contributions Program, $500,000 to unknown recipients.
  • 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.
  • The Miami Foundation launched the Irma Relief Fund, the Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, and the Irma Community Recovery Fund.
  • New York Community Bancorp, Inc., Contributions Program, $25,000 to Team Rubicon.
  • 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.
  • 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 Wal-Mart Foundation, Inc., $10 million in cash and in-kind donations to the American Red Cross.
  • Wells Fargo & Company Contributions Program, $500,000 to the American Red Cross, $100,000 to International Medical Corps, $500,000 to unknown recipients.


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 has more than 1,800 workers across multiple states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An additional 400 are en route to those locations. More than 207,000 people in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Caroline have received help at more than 600 evacuation centers.
  • 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 already prepositioned emergency medical supplies at 14 locations across Florida, ready to be used by clinicians as needed. The packs contain enough medicines and supplies to treat 100 people for 3-5 days. Direct Relief has a long history of supporting healthcare facilities in the state and has shipped more than $46 million in medical aid since 2009. Direct Relief is also working with partners in Puerto Rico and Haiti. 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.
  • 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.
  • GOAL is responding to hurricane-damaged areas in Haiti.
  • 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.
  • 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.