Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28, 2022, and ravaged the state of Florida with Category 4 winds and deadly storm surge as high as 15 feet. Many communities were completely devastated leaving thousands without homes, livelihoods, or essentials. Guides, captains, and anglers that we call family and friends were hit hard and are dealing with the wake of the catastrophe.
Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts
We’re working with our network of anglers across the country to come together and help our Florida family come back stronger than ever. During this stage, the most important way we can activate is by funding emergency response to the affected areas. If you’re able, join us in supporting the organizations below in any way you can.
Captains For Clean Water
Our friends at Captains for Clean Water are raising funds on their website and have established drop sites for emergency supplies across the state of Florida. 100% of funds donated through their Hurricane Ian Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to providing supplies and operational support to the ongoing relief and recovery efforts, including support to the local guide community, whose businesses have been impacted tremendously.
Find local Hurricane Ian emergency drop off sites here.
IGFA Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund
“The IGFA and Costa Sunglasses created the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) in Sept. 2017 to provide financial aid to local charter captains, guides, and outfitters in the wake of major natural disasters. Professional, recreational angling is often the cornerstone of local coastal economies, and the ability for these small businesses and entrepreneurs to get back on their feet after natural disasters is critical to re-establishing the cultural and financial well-being of the areas in which they operate. To date, the WARF has distributed a total of $225,000 to recreational angling associations in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Belize, Louisiana, The Bahamas, and Montana to help local captains and guides recover from natural disasters.”
American Red Cross Florida Relief Fund
The American Red Cross’s purpose is to meet the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families, and communities. Learn more and donate to the American Red Cross Hurricane Ian Relief Fund.
Florida Disaster Fund
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. Learn more and donate to the Florida Disaster Fund.
Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida seeks to protect our outstanding animals and plants and the lands and waters they need to survive. The foundation works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and many other public and private partners. They are raising money through their employee assistance fund to provide emergency housing, food, water, and other necessities to FWC employees that were impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Bajio Sunglasses Fundraiser
The Artists for Ian online auction and donation campaign is a fundraiser to raise funds for Hurricane Ian. You can bid on original art by two artists to receive this art and all funds go to the Captains for Clean Water Relief Fund mentioned above. Bid on photos here.