On September 4, 2017, Hurricane Irma became a Category 4 intensity storm as it approached the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and South Florida. In response to the possible threat, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties in his state. The UNCA's mission was to act quickly in maintaining and restoring a sense of relief and normalcy to impacted communities by streamlining relief efforts through multiple agencies.
Phase One: In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The American Red Cross (ARC) and local municipalities, the UNCA established key initiatives which to preserve human life. The UNCA levered over 300 South Florida, faith-based organizations (representing over 10,000 parishioners) to assists establish Bulk distribution sites throughout 20 heavily impacted cities. The UNCA also provided real-time data to ARC for the identification and reallocation of resources. The UNCA coordinated the delivery of over 800,000 pounds of food, water, and resources to:
North Miami, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Avon Park, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Leigh Acres, Florida,
Lake Placid, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Immokalee, Florida, and others.
Hurricane Irma Preparation, Response & Relief Initiative