Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund
Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest U. S. hurricane on record. Damages exceeded $125 billion. When it hit Houston in August 2017, 150 FWC officers traveled to Texas and rescued more than 1,000 people from flooding. Many of those first responders, however, were victims themselves a few weeks later when Hurricane Irma swept ashore in South Florida. Dozens of FWC officers and biologists in the Keys and elsewhere lost their homes, even as they were traveling the state, rescuing other Floridians. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida raised $100,000 to provide emergency housing and food funds for FWC staff and their families. Thanks in large part to a $24,000 gift from Ft. Pierce-based Maverick Boats, the Foundation was also able to distribute nearly $30,000 in grants to a dozen charter boat captains in the Everglades City area, to help them reestablish their businesses. Now we must replenish our emergency fund before the next hurricane. Please help the first responders who routinely risk their lives to safeguard the rest of us. No gift is too small. Thank you!