PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA’s United States Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for this particular emergency may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work across the region.
Irma Wreaks Havoc
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a category 4 hurricane on Sept. 10, 2017. It assaulted the Florida Keys with winds of up to 130 mph. It slammed into southwest Florida, as well as northern Florida, as the storm progressed.
The stormed bobbed in and out of land, weakening and then regaining strength before striking again. Flooding, storm surges, record-breaking amounts of rainfall, and even tornadoes were all within Irma’s wrath.
Millions of Floridians were left without electricity for days, and airports and main roads were closed for transport after initial evacuation orders were made in advance of the storm. People in Georgia and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate as well. Irma’s clouds and remnants covered about a quarter of the continental United States over Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and east to midAtlantic states, according to NASA.
Before striking Florida, Irma smacked the Caribbean, including Barbuda, St. Maartin, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, 24 people were killed. Please keep them and all those affected in your prayers.
IRUSA’s Disaster Response
Islamic Relief USA’s Disaster Response Team mobilized quickly, moving from helping survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, to helping those in need in Florida. The team worked with the American Red Cross to set up and manage shelter for evacuees. DRT staff have also set up certifications for local mosques so that they are equipped to serve as shelters now and in the future, should the need arise again.
IRUSA’s DRT continues to work with partners to explore longer-term projects that will help survivors recover and rebuild.