Hurricane relief.We have much to be thankful for this holiday season, but many of our fellow Floridians will not be celebrating as usual.
Recently, Florida was severely hit by Hurricane Wilma Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. Exceeding the 21 storms of the 1933 season, Wilma was the twenty-second storm (including the subtropical storm discovered in reanalysis), thirteenth hurricane, sixth major hurricane, and fourth , which tore across the southern part of our state, destroying much in its path.
Below are some emerging statistics of damage caused by Hurricane Wilma:
* Insured loss from Wilma is between $9 billion and $12 billion, according to according to
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* There have been more FEMA FEMA,
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* Preliminary dwelling damage figures from Red Cross shows that nearly 89,680 homes counted so far have been touched by Wilma, compared with a final total from Charley at 89,752.
* Agriculture and aquaculture aquaculture, the raising and harvesting of fresh- and saltwater plants and animals. The most economically important form of aquaculture is fish farming, an industry that accounts for an ever increasing share of world fisheries production. damage/ loss is estimated at more than $2 billion, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
* Damage estimates to farmland homes and communities have not yet been tallied but damage is extensive. The Farmworkers Association of America says farm workers who can't afford to miss even one week's pay are facing four months without work due to Wilma.
This season's hurricanes have exacted a heavy toll on the fishing industry and on Floridians who make their livings upon the sea. According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission up to 1,200 fishing families in the Keys alone may be directly affected, with a collective damage assessment to the industry statewide at $123 million--so far.
Insurance, federal and state agencies and other relief organizations are not equipped to cover all of the needs of Floridians impacted by these storms. In response, Gov. Jeb Bush established the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund for unmet needs and designated the nonprofit Volunteer Florida Foundation to manage it.
As one of Florida's leading newspapers, the St. Petersburg Times
The St. Petersburg Times is a daily newspaper based in St. Petersburg, Florida, that serves the larger Tampa Bay area. , wrote: "The Florida Hurricane Relief Fund, created by Gov. Jeb Bush after last year's historic storms, has an impressive record of raising money and getting it to communities that need it most.... This is the modern equivalent of neighbor helping neighbor."
By contributing to the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund, you will help put Floridians lives on the road to recovery.
Recovery is a long process. A report this past summer from the University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. stated that an estimated 1.3 million Floridians have completed repairs from the 2004 hurricane damage, but repairs were still under way for 696,000 residents and had not yet begun for another 348,000. The situation has been adversely impacted by damage during the 2005 season. The fund's efforts matter now more than ever and depend on the contributions of businesses and citizens.
To date, the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund has raised over $22 million from citizens in every state and has funded 270 organizations to provide long-term recovery assistance for the thousands of families whose needs were not adequately covered by government and insurance funds. Your contribution will make a tremendous difference as we rise and rebuild. Please give to those in need in Florida. (www.flahurricanefund.org)
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