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News // Dec 2, 2022

Coast Guard Foundation Completes Hurricane Relief Assistance for Coast Guard Families in 2022

  • Ron LaBrec

Many across the Caribbean, Southeast U.S., and Gulf Coast breathed a sigh of relief this week as the Atlantic Hurricane Season official came to an end on Dec. 1. The season saw 14 named storms and the second half was highly destructive as Hurricanes Fiona, Ian, and Nicole tore through vulnerable coastal communities and beyond.

Coast Guard members, along with other first responders and relief agencies, saved lives, assisted survivors, and helped their communities rebuild. This included more than 1,000 people and 100 pets rescued by the Coast Guard after Hurricane Ian struck Florida.

The Coast Guard Foundation provided more than $346,000 in emergency disaster relief grants to Coast Guard families who lost homes and property to hurricanes this year. The program helps Coast Guard members, who are first responders to natural disasters, quickly get resources to bounce back from devastation as they save lives, reopen critical waterways, and serve our nation.

The cost of living in Puerto Rico is high, and replacing lost food items has caused an increased financial stress upon our family. Our oldest is 3 years old and our youngest is 5 months. My wife exclusively breastfeeds our youngest, and getting her proper nutrients is a priority. The unpredictable nature of these power outages made it extremely difficult to meal plan. We are grateful for any amount of support that can be granted.

A Coast Guard petty officer from Sector San Juan impacted by Hurricane Fiona

My home was completely destroyed due to over 5ft of flooding from Hurricane Ian. Just about every item in my house was completely destroyed by sewage and fuel infused flood water. I am currently living in a hotel and it’s near impossible to relocate in the Fort Myers area at the moment. Thank you for your consideration/help.

A Coast Guard petty officer assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Crocodile

During Hurricane Ian, a 100-ft pine tree fell on my house causing damage to my home. My home also took water damage, car damage, fence damage, as well as personal property damage. My family was without power for 11 days and using a generator powered by gas. Water was off for 8 days, so we used propane to boil water.

A Coast Guard petty officer from Station Ft. Myers Beach

Hurricane damage
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team member Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Kay talks with residents during a pollution assessment following Hurricane Ian, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Oct. 31, 2022. Coast Guard marine environmental response teams worked closely with interagency partners to identify and mitigate environmental hazards after the storm. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lisa Ferdinando)

The Foundation is grateful to all who supported our emergency relief efforts this year through generous donations made through the mail, online, and at our New York Salutes the Coast Guard gala in October, which held a special fundraiser for hurricane relief.

Title photo: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre Dawkins, an aviation maintenance technician at Air Station Miami, observes the damage in western Florida from an HC-144 airplane, Oct. 1, 2022. Crews in the air and on the ground conducted search and rescue, damage assessment, and pollution assessment following Hurricane Ian. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Hodges)

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