Miami, FL (Sept. 8, 2017) – ICNA Relief USA, the only Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved American Muslim relief agency for disaster services, is monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path as it barrels towards Florida after pummeling Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
After causing massive destruction in the Caribbean, Irma hits the US territory of Puerto Rico and is now headed to Florida.
ICNA Relief teams are standing ready and standing still in Florida while awaiting FEMA’s plan for affected states and territories. ICNA Relief urges everyone to keep the hurricane hit communities in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas in their prayers.
Volunteers are currently shuttering windows for elderly neighbors in South Florida while ICNA Relief is collaborating with 13 mosques in Georgia to serve as temporary shelters for hurricane evacuees. Local office in Central Florida is also providing local mosques acting as shelters with in-kind donations such as food and hygiene products.
ICNA Relief’s Disaster Relief Services are actively engaged in disaster recovery in Texas after hurricane Harvey. It also continues to provide the services in Louisiana after last year’s floods.
ICNA Relief offices in coordination with ICNA chapters across the country have responded to over 50 disasters nationwide in the past decade.
If you live in an area under evacuation orders, please evacuate safely now.
Must-have supplies to get you through the storm:
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
• Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
• First aid kit
• Extra batteries
• Whistle to signal for help
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
• Prescription Medications
• Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
• Glasses and contact lense solution
• Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Cash or traveler’s checks
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
• Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
For more information on how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane, click here.
Mosques providing temporary shelters in Georgia for hurricane Irma evacuees:
Al Farooq Masjid, Atlanta
Islamic Community Center of Atlanta
Al Hadyiah Masjid, Marietta
Islamic Center of Savannah
Islamic Center of Warner Robins
Islamic Center of Macon
Gwinnett Islamic Circle/Suwanee Musalla
Islamic center of Duluth
Hamza Islamic Center, Alpharetta
Masjid Al Rahman, Cummings
Masjid Al-Quba, Sugar Hill
Allatoona Masjid & Community Center, Woodstock
West End Community Masjid, Atlanta