GEM 2022  Mission

Hurricane Ian

GEM Mission Specific Press
News Press
Rotary International and Global Empowerment Mission team up to give away drywall to Hurricane victims
Fox 4 now
Thousand of sheets handed out by non-profit to help rebuild on Fort Myers Beach
Wink News
Drywall giveaway for repairs on Fort Myers Beach in wake of Ian
CBS News
Neighbors 4 Neighbors donates $40K to Global Empowerment Mission for Hurricane Ian relief
Palm Beach Daily News
Billionaires’ new matching grants boost Palm Beach hurricane relief fund above $600,000
Tampa Bay Times
Inside Amazon’s hurricane disaster relief program in Tampa Bay
Fox Weather
Global Empowerment Mission provides aid to Florida residents hardest hit by Ian
Palm Beach Daily News
Town of Palm Beach United Way hurricane fund gets second $50,000 matching grant
US Senate
Rubio Staff Hosts Critical Needs Assistance Centers in Lee and Charlotte Counties
News Max
Rep. Diaz-Balart to Newsmax: More Funding Needed for Florida
WSVN
GEM and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava distribute supplies to residents in Fort Myers
CBS News
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in Fort Myers to help distribute help
EIN News
South Florida Girls Charity Lends Helping Hand to Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts
Neighbors 4 Neighbors
Hurricane Ian Relief Fund
Hospitality Net
Airbnb.org announces support for hurricane relief efforts
WSVN
GEM partners with Miami mayor to send supplies to Ian-ravaged Fort Myers
NBC 6 South Florida
List: Here's What You Can Donate to Help Ian Victims in Southwest Florida
WSVN
GEM distributes supplies, water to residents of Fort Myers
Fox News
Aid group racing to bring supplies to areas devastated by Hurricane Ian
WSVN
GEM distributes supplies, water in Fort Myers; Opa-Locka food truck serves residents of Naples
Fox News
Amid Hurricane Ian, Bethenny Frankel, BStrong distributing truckloads of emergency items to Florida cities
Ev TV
Levine Cava agradeció ayuda de ONG para asistir a familias afectadas por Ian
Miami Herald
Ian’s path of ruin: Sanibel bridge severed, Gulf Coast cities flooded, at least 12 dead
El Nuevo Herald
Ian sería el huracán más letal de Florida, su paso dejó una estela de destrucción y muerte
Sun Sentinel
‘Paradise lost’: Florida rescue crews, aid groups rush to jump-start recovery from Hurricane Ian
Sun Sentinel
How to help Florida victims of Hurricane Ian
Local 10
South Florida law enforcement, fire rescue deploy crews to southwest Florida
Fox News
Hurricane Ian downgraded to Category 2, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warns troubles not over
WFLA
Global Empowerment Mission Sending Hurricane Relief Kits To The Gulf Coast
CBS News
South Florida efforts underway to help victims of Hurricane Ian
CBS News
South Florida efforts underway to help victims of Hurricane Ian
CBS Miami
South Florida efforts underway to help victims of Hurricane Ian
WSVN
South Florida responds to Ian’s west coast devastation from food to rescue teams

Summary Stats

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Value of supplies delivered to date
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Individuals served
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Placed in temporary housing provided by Airbnb.org
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Full size UC trucks delivered
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Sheets of drywall distributed
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Phase 1: Disaster Relief

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On September 24, 2022 Category 4 Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage along the southwest coast of Florida leaving thousands of survivors devasted by the harsh impact. GEM Bstrong field teams were staging in place prepared to provide emergency aid. Our Global Headquarters is based just 2.5 hours away from the region. This gave us a tremendous advantage to supply a continuous flow of aid to the impacted communities. We provided our donors and supporters an overview of our methods and strategic planning for this devastating tragedy.

We have committed $5 million and 75 semi-truck through October/November 2022.

Our long-standing partners, Good360, Amazon and hundreds of American companies donate the necessary supplies to us. We also amass local community drive supplies from the entire country.

GEM is the official partner of Miami-Dade County and multiple municipalities. We are also working in tandem with the Florida Division of Emergency Management supporting local shelters.

We have already established a distribution hub in Fort Meyers, and by the weekend, we will establish two more hubs in Lee and Collier County for distributions.

In addition, over 100 Next Level Church volunteers will personally hand-deliver aid throughout Lee and Collier County with their own vehicles. They know the terrain best as they are locals. This allows us to spread relief to tens of thousands of families immediately. As our response continues and expands, (based on needs), we will be actively involved in reconstruction and sustainable development efforts for the foreseeable future.

Phase 2: The Gap Period​​

After great success of our housing relocation program in Europe for the Ukraine Crisis, GEM was fortunate to partner with Airbnb again for those affected by Hurricane Ian. The housing program offered free, short-term accommodation assistance to those who had lost their homes or those whose homes became inhabitable. We were able to assist 584 individuals with temporary housing through this program during its active period.

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