• Patty Pelingon

The Institute for Sustainable Development & FIRMAN Team Up to Activate Hurricane Recovery Help Desk



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Inquiries

Patrizia Pelingon – 1 (833) 473-2020 ext. 700



October 27, 2022, Washington, D.C. – The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) will activate the ISD Hurricane Recovery Help Desk with the generous support of FIRMAN. The Hurricane Recovery Help Desk provides no-cost technical assistance, consulting, and on-demand resources for residents, small businesses, and communities that were severely impacted by Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian.


On September 18, Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico. Ten days later, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as the fifth most intense hurricane in U.S. recorded history. The two storms combined to disrupt power and damage homes for millions of Americans. Hurricane Fiona set back the recovery of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, while Hurricane Ian is expected to cost Floridians $50-100 billion in housing and economic damages.


“Hurricanes typically receive media coverage for a few weeks, but communities can take years to recover,” said Stephen Jordan, CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Development. “The ISD Help Desk kicks into gear after the emergency response phase and is particularly geared to helping low-income and vulnerable communities connect to useful resources.”


Stabilization and recovery areas of concern include:

  • Restoration of power and backup power for essential needs

  • Debris removal and waste management

  • Mental health

  • School re-openings

  • Small business recovery

  • Longer-term environmental impacts

  • Critical infrastructure, and

  • Future resilience


The Hurricane Recovery Help Desk will compile recovery assistance offers for the counties that were included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration, including: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole Counties in Florida, all of Puerto Rico, and selected counties in the Carolinas and Virginia. It will provide technical assistance to community leaders heading up recovery efforts and is based on ISD’s extensive experience and research into past disasters dating back over the past thirty years.


“Like the Institute for Sustainable Development, FIRMAN is all about serving communities in need, and helping people turn a challenge into an opportunity,” said Greg Montgomery, CEO of FIRMAN Power Equipment. “People have a lot of questions after disasters about how to recover and be more prepared for the future, and we’re pleased to partner with ISD to make these resources available.”


The Institute for Sustainable Development captures lessons learned from major disasters and provides technical assistance to communities to help them recover and become more resilient and sustainable in the future. For more information, visit www.isdus.org.


FIRMAN designs and manufactures portable generators with integrity and provides the expert guidance to support you on your journey. For more information, visit www.firmanpowerequipment.com.


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