IOCC Response in Florida Post Irma

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IOCC staff is on the ground in Florida. IOCC conducted needs assessments in and around Naples, Miami, Jacksonville, and the Keys, and contacted all the Orthodox parishes statewide as part of that process.

Frontliners and Orthodox Action Team Leaders deployed beginning on 9/16. Ten Frontliners have provided emotional and spiritual care in both the Naples and Flagler Beach areas.

On Sunday 9/17, IOCC distributed $6,500 in food and water supplies after liturgy at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, serving about 100 people, in addition to providing heavy-duty tarps to help protect against further weather damage. IOCC has also provided six generators to help with basic refrigeration and air-conditioning needs, and distributed 250 clean-up buckets in Naples.

Teams of IOCC volunteers (22 in all) have completed 40 home repairs in Flagler County, Naples, and Sarasota, in cooperation with NECHAMA teams. IOCC staff is training new emergency response team leaders, two of whom are currently on the ground. A second IOCC Emergency Response Van has deployed to Florida to support ongoing clean-up efforts there.

How Can You Help?

Cash donations to our US Emergency Response Fund--Irma give IOCC flexibility in crisis response. Please visit and share iocc.org/irma. Clean-up buckets and hygiene kits remain in demand; for info, visit iocc.org/kits. Lastly, we are now accepting volunteers to join us in clean up efforts in the Flagler Beach, FL area (subject to change based on need). 

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