Moments after Hurricane Ian passed Fort Myers, Hatzalah South Florida in coordination with Hatzalah Baltimore and Orlando Hatzalah, mobilized and dispatched teams to assist affected Jewish communities on Florida’s West Coast. The Hatzalah First Responders were called to provide assistance to the beleaguered local communities that suffered catastrophic damage from the historic storm surge.
As the storm moved on, it left devastation in its wake with thousands of flooded homes, all with no power or running water.
Hatzalah is working in coordination with several of the local Chabad Rabbis, including Ft. Meyers and Cape Coral, where many of the affected community members have taken up temporary shelter. The Hatzalah teams are providing medical care and delivering basic supplies including food & water.
Hatzalah First Responders were provided lists of people unaccounted for or known to be trapped in their submerged homes in an area spanning over 100 miles across 3 counties, including Ft Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Northport, Rotonda West and Venice. Many of these individuals were found, rescued and evacuated by the Hatzalah Teams.
HSF will continue to evaluate the evolving needs of the local communities and we will provide assistance as long as our presence is needed.