Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by Hurricane Ian. The American Red Cross and our partners are working around the clock to comfort and support people in Florida even as the dangerous storm takes aim at the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia, bringing more life-threatening floods, storm surge and hurricane-force winds.
RED CROSS RESPONSE Shelters are open in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia to help people who need a safe place to stay. Thursday night, at least 10,000 people sought refuge in as many as 100 Red Cross and partner shelters across the three states. The overwhelming majority of shelter residents are located in Florida.
Communities are under water, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are cut off from the rest of the state, homes have been swept from their foundations, more than 2 million customers are without power, and search and rescue efforts are ongoing. River flooding will continue through next week across central Florida.
Some 1,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts in Florida and hundreds more are helping in other states in the path of Ian.
Over the coming days, evacuation centers in Florida will transition to emergency shelters that can provide more robust services. This can be a challenging time, and the goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for people needing help.
Before the storm, the Red Cross mobilized 83 truckloads of additional cots, blankets and comfort kits, along with tens of thousands of relief supplies, to be prepared to help as many as 60,000 Floridians. Dozens of emergency response vehicles and other trucks are also pre-positioned across the state.
FINDING HELP Be safe, listen to the advice of emergency officials and don’t return home until it is safe to do so. If you need help, reach out to trained professionals by calling 911.
If you need a safe place to stay, find open shelters on redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) and selecting the disaster option. You can also find shelters by following your local county and city officials on social media or monitoring local news for information. In Florida, visit floridadisaster.org. In South Carolina, go to scemd.org. And in Georgia, visit gema.georgia.gov.
In Florida, the state government has created a website to help locate and rescue survivors of Hurricane Ian. Please go to Missing.FL.gov to fill out a form for assistance.
SHELTERS The Red Cross helps anyone in need after a disaster, and everyone is welcome in our shelters. All disaster assistance is free, and we don’t require people to show any kind of identification to enter a shelter — just their name and where they were living before the disaster.
To help keep people healthy, everyone in Red Cross shelters is required to wear face masks.
People who plan to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Don’t forget to bring any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.
Our workers will do all they can to welcome service animals and domesticated pets comfortably. If you go to a shelter, please bring your own animal crate, supplies, medications and food whenever possible. Depending on the situation, pets may need to be housed in a different location with support from animal welfare groups. Please consider visiting redrover.org/hurricaneian for additional pet resources including a list of pet-friendly evacuation shelters and other tips.
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross will be side-by-side with our partners helping people for weeks and months to come. To help people affected by Hurricane Ian, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word IAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift is a commitment to helping people in need, and every single donation matters. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD Hurricane Ian’s projected path through Georgia and the Carolinas is threatening to cancel more than 130 Red Cross blood drives this weekend, possibly causing more than 2,700 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Learn more here.
Individuals in unaffected areas—especially those with type O blood types– are urged to give blood now to help ensure patients in impacted areas continue to have access to lifesaving blood. Please schedule an appointment to give blood today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
We expect additional blood drive cancellations in the Southeast over the coming week and fewer donors to come out to donate at drives in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions. With considerable flooding expected in Georgia and the Carolinas, the Red Cross is working to ensure our hospital partners are sufficiently stocked in areas likely to be affected by the second landfall of the storm.
A disaster of this magnitude — one that devastates critical infrastructure across a wide geographic area packed with people — requires a team effort. The Red Cross is working closely with local officials, government agencies and other nonprofits to make sure people get the help they need as quickly as possible.
This storm, along with the earlier wildfires out west and storms in Puerto Rico and Alaska, are clear examples of the increasing frequency and intensity of climate disasters. Year after year, the Red Cross is supporting families who are struggling to cope.
During 2020 and 2021 alone, we averaged a new, major disaster response every 10 days with Red Cross volunteers continuously on the ground, setting up shelters, arranging for hot meals and sheltering thousands of people with no place else to go
CORPORATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.
ADGP $1M Members:
Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Best Buy; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; PayPal; PetSmart Charities; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.
ADGP $500K Members:
Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital One; CarMax; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; Dollar General; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Google.org The Home Depot Foundation; International Paper; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mastercard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PepsiCo Foundation; Salesforce; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and The Wawa Foundation.
ADGP $250K Members:
7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES Corporation; Ameriprise Financial; Assurant; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CDW; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Equitable; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; HCA Healthcare; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Martin Marietta; Mattress Firm; McKesson Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual; Old Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project, a project of New Venture Fund; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation; ServiceNow; Southwest Airlines; Tata Consultancy Services; U-Haul International; U.S. Bank Foundation; and Zurich.