Hurricane Ian

We responded to
Hurricane Ian in Florida

Hurricane Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida in late September as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of 150+ mph and an historic storm surge, heavy rains and extensive flooding that cost billions in damages and took about 150 lives. At the request of the state, International Medical Corps responded.

Given extensive damage to power, water and healthcare infrastructure, especially in counties where large numbers of the population are elderly and were unable to flee the storm, the Florida Department of Health asked International Medical Corps to deploy a mobile medical unit (MMU) and clinical team to provide outpatient services to people in affected communities.

Our MMU delivered care to more than 250 people in the immediate area, while our mobile clinical teams conducted community engagement and wellness checks in surrounding neighborhoods, reaching an additional 230 households with information about healthcare and other recovery services.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on September 28, 2022, as a Category 4 hurricane, with storm surges of 12 to 18 feet along the coastal Fort Myers area.
With a long history of responding to natural disasters in the Americas and a Memorandum of Understanding already in place with the state, International Medical Corps worked with the Florida Department of Health to immediately deploy a mobile medical unit and clinical team, helping to ensure access to healthcare services.
About 150 deaths in Florida were attributed to Hurricane Ian.
Hundreds of thousands in the state lost power, while boil-water notices were issued across 22 counties and thousands of residents had to take refuge in temporary shelters.

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Our Continuing Response to Hurricane Ian

Medical Care

With the costs of destruction in the billions of dollars, families and communities will be recovering from Hurricane Ian for years to come. To ensure that families can access vital healthcare, and to strengthen local health facilities’ resilience during future disasters, International Medical Corps is collaborating with local partners and federally qualified health centers to support their efforts to rebuild, strengthen their operations and better serve their communities.

Recovery programming will include rehabilitating health facilities and enhancing their ability to better withstand future storms; delivering medical supplies and materials that will help partners prepare for emergencies; supporting programs to meet the long-term health and mental health needs of affected communities; and investing in training programs that will help increase the resilience of health facilities and their teams.

Mental Health

International Medical Corps is working with local partners to assess and increase their ability to provide mental health and psychosocial support services for local residents during emergencies, as well as for the frontline staff who support emergency response efforts but are often personally affected by disasters that strike their communities.

Humanitarian Supplies and Equipment

International Medical Corps is coordinating with the Florida Department of Health, the state Emergency Operations Center and our federally qualified healthcare center partners to help prepare them for emergencies, providing critical relief supplies to support response efforts.