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Damage to a home in FL caused by Hurricane IanDamage to a home in FL caused by Hurricane Ian

Disaster Date:09/27/2022

Southwest FL – ERT


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.

Volunteer in Southwest FL – ERT

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be primarily focused on cleanup work from Hurricane Ian.


Arcadia is located within DeSoto County in southwest Florida. The town has a population of about 7,700 people. The climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and warm, drier in the winter. In 2004, Arcadia was heavily damaged by Hurricane Charley in which MDS also responded to the same area. Arcadia sits in the middle of Florida cowboy country, and it is a place where the Old West meets the Old South. It is also known for its peaceful orange groves, streams built for canoeing and woods made for camping.