Florida’s Gulf Coast braces for Category 3 hurricane as Tropical Storm Idalia strengthens


Hurricane Idalia formed Tuesday morning and is already strengthening as it continues into the Gulf of Mexico where the forecast projects it to strike Florida’s Big Bend area as a Category 3 hurricane. Powerful winds, flash flooding, and potentially life-threatening storm surges of up to 11 feet are expected in the area. The Tampa Bay region, heavily populated, might witness surges of 4 to 7 feet. 

ICNA Relief Disaster Relief Services (DRS) team is actively monitoring the situation and working with emergency management officials to stay updated on potential response measures. Our dedicated ICNA Relief personnel across the Southeast region are on standby, ready to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia.

Continue to stay connected with ICNA Relief for all related updates. We ask that you please keep those in the path of this storm in your prayers.

Weathering the Storms - Disaster Relief Services Preparedness

As hurricane season continues, ensuring your family’s safety becomes paramount.Preparedness is key to saving lives, expediting recovery, and minimizing the impact on communities. Although you can’t prevent a tropical storm, taking proactive steps can protect you and your family. Remember, hurricanes can cause destruction and flooding, even inland and away from coastal areas. At ICNA Relief, we want to ensure you and your families are well prepared. Here are essential tips to prepare for Hurricane Season:

  • Stay Informed: Stay updated with weather alerts and official warnings from local authorities, as well as information from major news outlets and weather agencies.
  • Create a Family Plan: Develop an emergency plan with your family, including an evacuation strategy and a designated meeting place in the time of an emergency.
  • Prepare an Emergency Kit: Assemble a disaster supply kit with essentials such as water, non-perishable food, medications, first-aid supplies, flashlights, and batteries.
  • Secure Your Home: Take proactive measures to reinforce windows and doors, and secure outdoor objects that may become projectiles during strong winds.
  • Know Evacuation Routes: Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes thoroughly and have a thought out plan for relocating to a safe area if necessary.
  • Establish Communication: Ensure all family members can communicate during emergencies, including alternative methods if traditional lines are down.
  • Protect Important Documents: Safeguard critical documents like identification, insurance papers, and essential medical records in a waterproof container.
  • Financial Readiness: Have enough cash on hand, as ATMs, banks, and card payment systems may experience disruptions or be inaccessible during disasters.
  • Assist the Vulnerable: Check on elderly or disabled neighbors in your community and offer assistance to those who may need extra help during emergencies.
  • Exercise Post-Storm Caution: Prioritize remaining indoors even after the storm has passed and make sure to wait for authorities to declare it safe to go outside.

Remember, taking proactive measures and being prepared can make all the difference during hurricane season. Act now to protect yourself and your loved ones!


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