Hurricane Ian came ashore near Cayo Costa Island, Florida on September 28, 2022, and quickly became one of the most destructive hurricanes in the history of the United States.
As a result, thousands of families were left without homes or jobs, and many people in Florida faced weeks without power or necessities. Fortunately, many residents made the necessary decision to evacuate their homes and take up temporary shelter with family or at shelters throughout the state.
After the storm finally passed, many Florida residents found themselves returning to a life that the storm had turned completely upside down. Even if their homes were still standing, the damage to property and possessions were immeasurable for many in the affected areas. For many residents, Hurricane Ian was financially and emotionally devastating.
In the wake of Hurricane Ian, the American public and private sectors came together to support the people of Florida. Multiple charities have taken action by opening up shelters for those affected by the hurricane and helping raise needed funds and supplies to assist victims.
As the cleanup and recovery efforts continue in the wake of the storm, AnswerFirst has stepped up to help families affected by the hurricane.
Through financial donations to multiple charities, we are leveraging our resources to give back to the community and support those in need. This action is consistent with our overall approach toward corporate social responsibility and demonstrates our commitment to assisting others during times of need.
How AnswerFirst Is Helping
As a Florida-based corporation, we saw the need to help our neighbors to the south by supporting relief and recovery efforts following the storm. We decided to contribute significant financial donations to several vetted nonprofits, each providing critical resources to victims of Ian.
One organization that we chose to support is Sol Relief. Sol Relief provides assistance to areas devastated by natural disasters such as Hurricane Ian via the use of general aviation (small private aircraft) and its large network of volunteer pilots. Sol focuses on delivering exactly what’s needed when it’s needed – quickly and efficiently.
Additionally, we made donations to Feeding The Gulfcoast, Humane Society of Naples, and Direct Relief.
Feeding the Gulf Coast is a Feeding America-affiliated food bank serving 24 counties throughout South Alabama, South Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle.
Humane Society Naples is an independent nonprofit serving the public by providing care, shelter, and placement into loving homes for orphaned animals in the Collier County area through pet adoptions. The organization never places a time limit on how long dogs, cats, and other pets can stay at their shelter.
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.
Everyone at AnswerFirst believes that each of us has a responsibility to care for the well-being of others, and the team is proud to have contributed resources to support those in need.
While the situation in Florida is improving due to ongoing humanitarian assistance, a more extensive disaster relief effort must occur.
Providing financial support to the charities working in the area and providing relief items can help them effectively assist the people of Florida.
For AnswerFirst, helping those around us is an integral aspect of our approach to business. From supporting the communities and individuals we work with to practicing sustainable business practices, we are dedicated to our vision of “a healthy world filled with happy people enjoying exceptional customer care.”