Disaster Relief Update: Hurricane Sally
We are continuing to receive relief requests from Coast Guard families impacted by Hurricane Sally. The Category 2 storm hit the Gulf coast last week as the seventh hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and caused extreme flooding and damage.
We are hearing from families that their hurricane deductible is far higher than the regular deductible, and coupled with the cost of being displaced, it’s putting severe pressure on families.
Many are going through this while continuing their service to our nation.
“Our homeowner insurance deductible is $5,320 for named storms. We have not gotten estimates for total damages due to currently being displaced from home due to it being inhabitable.”
“Hurricane deductible is higher than the normal deductible, and I’m sure there will be many unforeseen expenses in a very long road ahead of us. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!”
“I am estimating that we lost around $25,000 worth of property.”
“My husband and our six children are currently evacuated until water, sewage, and electricity can be restored to our home. We are estimated to be without these things for 6-8 weeks. Due to the storm, my husband will be out of work. Any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated.”
These are just a handful of messages we have received to our disaster relief application this week. To date, we have sent over $180,000 in relief to Coast Guard families affected by multiple disasters over the past month.
The Coast Guard was well-prepared for Hurricane Sally, pre-staging in areas where the storm was forecast to hit to enable rapid response for those in need. This plan helped to save lives, and one example of this was Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley Shallow Water Response Team’s great work in rescuing six adults, three children, and one dog.
The hurricane season is not yet over, and more Coast Guard members will answer the call to save lives and property. Together, with you, our supporters, we will be there for the Coast Guard members and families who need us.