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Relief Effort for Historic Hurricane Ian

By: Sophia Mastice

In the aftermath of hurricane Ian, many are concerned about the well-being of those affected in Florida. So far, a historically extensive search and rescue is taking place, as the amount of total casualties climb to about 100. The category four hurricane struck Florida in late September and destroyed homes and property across the coast.

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Sanibel Island

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One of the most devastating stories from the hurricane comes from Sanibel island. The island is off the coast of Florida, and was walloped during Ian. The Sanibel causeway that leads to the mainland was destroyed, the residents who didn’t evacuate were trapped, and those who did could not get back in. Many residents have described the Island as “unrecognizable.” However, many groups have been working tirelessly and selflessly to help those whose homes were destroyed during Hurricane Ian. One of these groups is the Cajun Navy, whose mission is to save lives through the South Louisiana tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. They have helped save countless lives during the disaster. Another organization working to help those affected by Hurricane Ian is Project Dynamo, a veteran-led rescue organization that has been helping those who have been displaced or had their homes damaged by the hurricane.

Fort Myers

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Another area that was hit especially hard by the hurricane was Fort Myers. The area is a beachfront town renowned for its beauty and is known as a ‘summertime paradise.’ Unfortunately, it has been highly damaged in the wake of Hurricane Ian, and many have had to be evacuated. The island is almost utterly unrecognizable.  There is a large amount of debris everywhere in the once-picturesque community, and many homes have been destroyed. Fortunately, there are also many rescue efforts underway to help those suffering. Many rescue teams directed by FEMA (U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency) have been going door to door to check for survivors needing assistance and have equipped themselves with dogs and cameras on poles to assist in their search. So far, it is estimated that Fort Myers will take a long time to recover, but with the right amount of time and dedication, the area will recover and return to its former state. 

How you can help:

If you want to help those affected by the hurricane,  you can donate money, clothes, and other essentials to charities. Many hardworking organizations are dedicated to helping victims, such as the Cajun Navy and Project Dynamo, but there are also many others. No matter how small, your contribution matters and can go to helping someone in need.

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