According to data firm Enki Research, a company that studies the financial impact of storms, the monetary damage from Hurricane Ian could reach up to $65 billion. It is believed that approximately 600,000 Florida homes are still without power.
Some organizations, businesses, and individuals have stepped up to provide financial assistance to Floridians affected by Ian, as follows.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Glazer family, who owns the Buccaneers, have donated $1 million to organizations that provide support to those impacted by the hurricane.
Publix: The retailer, which is based out of Lakeland but does business throughout Florida, has announced that it is donating $1 million to nonprofit groups like the American Red Cross and the United Way. The company is also allowing shoppers to donate to the American Red Cross at the register.
The Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik announced that both the Lightning organization and the Vinik Family Foundation would be making $1 million dollar donations to relief efforts. In a statement, Vinik said:
"In times like these, the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come."
Walmart, Inc: The company has announced that it is committing up the $6 million dollars in relief efforts and will match shopper contributions at registers. It's also been providing essentials to hard-hit areas.
Elon Musk: Musk's company, SpaceX, has agreed to provide satellite internet service via Starlink to help communities that are still without connectivity.
Amazon: The retailer has loaded up its trucks with relief items and has donated the use of its logistics to support the American Red Cross Outreach.
The Orlando Magic: The sports organization's owner Dan DeVos has announced that the DeVos Family Foundation is donating $1 million.
Verizon: The communications company deployed additional 5G technology to cell sites in Lee and Charlotte counties to allow first responders, public safety officials, and residents to connect.
Lowes: The retailer has donated $2 million and has sent employees to hardest-hit areas to allow associates affected by Ian to be with their families.
Target: Target is donating $5 million to be split among organizations like the American Red Cross and Team Rubicon. It is also providing gift cards to be used by first responders.
Home Depot: In addition to donating $1 million, the retailer is sending volunteers to help in clean-up efforts.
Tom Brady: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady made an undisclosed donation to the Florida Disaster Fund and urged the "rest of the NFL family" to do the same.
The NFL Foundation: The NFL appeared to heed Brady's call and donated $1 million.