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How to help those affected in Florida by Category 4 Hurricane Ian

<p>A man takes photos of boats damaged by Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. Hurricane Ian hit the Florida southwest coast Wednesday morning with wind speeds upwards of 150 mph, leaving many residents helpless amid a constant downpour.  </p>

A man takes photos of boats damaged by Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. Hurricane Ian hit the Florida southwest coast Wednesday morning with wind speeds upwards of 150 mph, leaving many residents helpless amid a constant downpour.

Hurricane Ian hit the Florida southwest coast Wednesday morning with windspeeds upwards of 150 mph, leaving many residents helpless amid a constant downpour.  

The hurricane, which is now the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the United States, has stranded more than a million Florida residents without power, according to NBC News. Below is a list of organizations and causes people can donate to in support of those in the hurricane’s path. 

American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross is seeking donations for its relief efforts in Florida. In addition to helping residents in the hurricane’s projected path, the non-profit is serving thousands of people taking shelter at its evacuation centers. 

The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter and water to residents affected by the storm from in and around Florida. 

Save the Children 

Save the Children is helping Florida families and children through aid from its mobile team deployed to the area. The non-profit group aims to protect children in times of crisis. 

American Humane  

American Humane, a non-profit animal welfare organization, has deployed mobile units to assist with animal-related emergencies caused by the storm. The organization is working with groups like tThe Florida Aquarium and Busch Gardens Tampa,  as well as local animal shelters. 

Donate Blood 

The Red Cross has said many centers in the coastal area have been disrupted by the hurricane. Because of this, the group is urging residents in unaffected areas to consider donating blood to their local donation center. Blood can be transferred wherever it is needed in the country, the Red Cross has said, and need will continue to rise in Florida. 

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