The NAACP Collier County is actively involved in Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts since September 30, 2022. The 2022 hurricane season was off to a quiet start but a number of storms emerged. Ian was one of the most powerful & destructive storms ever to make landfall in the US. It brought a storm surge of up to 15’ in some areas. The historically African American coastal community of River Park saw 3-6’ of storm surge (seawater and raw sewage) homes in the low-lying area. Water is the most detrimental part of the storm!
Currently, we are the boots on the ground in the African and Hispanic American communities, serving River Park East/West, Harmony Shores, and several mobile home and RV parks.
Our efforts include the following:
- Stage One
- Clean up and clear out
- Provide fresh water and meals (3,000 per/day)
- Issue cleaning supplies
- Mobilize City, State, and Federal agencies
- Arrange for the demolition of 77 single-family homes
- Organize sorority and fraternity volunteers
- Expend funds from Collier Community Foundation & other philanthropic organizations
- Transfer senior citizens to temporary housing