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Supporting Long-Term Recovery in a Fragile Environment



Spotlight: Three Groups Making a Difference in the Southeast Disaster Zone

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Individual: Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross

Ross pledged $1 million for Irma relief through the Miami Dolphins Foundation. More recently, the Foundation partnered with KaBOOM to build playgrounds across Irma-impacted communities. For more info, visit


Non-Profit: US Green Building Council

The USGBC of Florida has always advocated for better building practices across communities. Their efforts have proven worthwhile, as structures deemed USGBC LEED certified fared much better through Irma than those that were not. With this in mind, the USGBC of South Florida has been finding creative housing solutions that are not only environmentally friendly, but storm resilient. For more info, visit

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Corporation: Eagleview Technologies

This Washington-based company uses mapping and photographic technologies in new and innovative ways. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Eagleview deployed drones to document structural damage in the disaster zone. For more info, visit

Hurricane Irma by the Facts 

  • Irma was a Category 5 hurricane when it made landfall at Barbuda on September 5, 2017.

  • The storm formed on August 30 and dissipated on September 13, affecting Cape Verde, Leeward Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and the SE US (especially South Florida).

  • Maximum Rainfall: 23.9 inches

  • Maximum Wind Speed: 180 mph (strongest in Atlantic history)

  • Fatalities: 134 (Directly and Indirectly)

  • Damage: $64.76 billion (5th costliest in history)

    • 65,000 structures damaged in South Florida

    • 2,148,134 potentially impacted businesses in the US

    • Agricultural damage: $2.5 billion

    • 191,764 people displaced