United Way of Brevard is a critical part of our community’s short and long-term disaster recovery efforts.
Our United Way has significant disaster related responsibilities in the event of the storm. Our team members work at the Emergency Operations Center assisting 2-1-1 with answering hotline calls. We are also actively involved at the request of the EOC staff in coordinating potential water distribution as well as coordinating, recruiting and placing volunteers to help with many aspects of disaster response.
After Hurricane Irma United Way of Brevard:
Secured more than a half million dollars worth of items to assist hurricane victims and positioned additional food and water at our local food pantries and sharing centers
Spent 180 hours answering calls at the Emergency Operations Center for 211 Brevard pre and post storm
Recruited and coordinated over 400 volunteers to tackle 2,200 requests for help with tree and debris removal and roof tarping
Provided case management to storm shelter clients and at the local Disaster Recovery Center
Established the Hurricane Irma Fund to support those who were already struggling to make ends meet. And secured an additional $160,000 in grant funding to help our community recover
Brevard Long-term Recovery Coalition
Additionally, United Way oversees and is the fiscal agent for the Brevard Long-term Recovery Coalition (BLTRC) which was created following the 2004 Hurricanes. The BLTRC works to strengthen area-wide disaster coordination long after storms have passed. The BLTRC matches low income residents to available resources helping them to return to safe and secure living conditions. Since Hurricane Irma the BLTRC has completed 34 major projects such as roof replacements and 140 other minor repairs. They are currently working 89 active cases in Brevard with an additional 400 cases currently registered on Crisis Clean Up and FEMA.
We hope you are proud to be part of an organization that is committed to, and cares passionately for, this community. Thanks to your support, United Way stands ready to accept the significant disaster related responsibilities we are charged with in the event of a storm or other disaster.