IOCC's Hurricane Response

IOCC is collaborating with local Orthodox churches, members of national and state VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and ecumenical partners in Houston and Florida to assess needs and offer relief.

IOCC's Hurricane Harvey and Irma Response

Texas and Louisiana continue recovery after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, causing widespread flooding in the Houston area; rebuilding efforts will take months. Less than a week later, Hurricane Irma moved into Florida; storm surge and wind caused flooding and power loss throughout the state. Hurricane Maria struck the US territory of Puerto Rico on September 20, the strongest storm to make landfall there since 1928. Maria tracked across the entire island, destroying infrastructure, communications networks, and entire communities as storm surge and flash flooding ensued. Recovery efforts are ongoing in all three locations.

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Learn more about how IOCC, our Frontliners, and our volunteers are responding to needs along the Gulf Coast
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Learn more about how IOCC is supporting Florida post Hurricane Irma

How Can You Help?

  1. Pray for those who affected by the storm and IOCC’s Frontliners as they support people in tremendous need
  2. Contribute a financial gift to IOCC’s Hurricane Harvey Response Fund or to our Hurricane Irma Response Fund which enables us to react quickly and effectively to the many needs in the region. We caution against donating material goods unless it is something we have specifically requested, like clean-up buckets.
  3. Download a poster to display in your parish. Click here for an 11" x 17" poster.
  4. Create clean up buckets, Our supply of clean up buckets has been depleted at our warehouse, please consider creating clean up buckets and shipping to our warehouse for distribution. Instructions on creating and shipping kits here: iocc.org/kits. With expectations of a busy hurricane season, we are aiming to be able to respond as quickly and effectively to areas of need as they arise.
  5. Out-of-area volunteers are now working in the greater Houston area as well as Florida. Those interested in helping with clean-up efforts in Florida and Texas should complete the form at https://goo.gl/hkwg1F. For those signing up to volunteer in Texas, please download this detailed packet of information for what to expect and more.
  6. Stay updated on IOCC’s response at iocc.org/harvey, iocc.org/irma, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

IOCC is listed by multiple media channels, including the Associated Press (AP), as a trusted organization responding to the great need and accepting donations.