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Disaster Date:09/27/2022

Hardee Co, FL RV


What Happened

Hurricane Ian struck Florida on September 27, 2022, as a Category 4 hurricane. With the wind speed of just short of a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Ian was the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the country. This hurricane was the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage. Damage was mostly from flooding from rain and storm surge. Of course, a lot of damage was caused by the intense wind. Millions were left without power.

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will work on new home construction and repair work, which could include drywall, insulation, painting, flooring, cabinets, and trim work.


Hardee County is located in the Florida Heartland, Central Florida region. The county has a population of about 25,300 people. The climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and warm, drier in the winter. In 2004, Hurricane Charley went directly through Hardee County. MDS responded to the same area. Hardee County is located in what is known as the “Bone Valley” which contains most of North America’s phosphate deposits and a large portion of the world’s deposits.