- State Farm Insurance is committing $125,000 to Convoy of Hope’s Hurricane Ian response
- Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters
- Experts estimate it will take years for certain areas to recover
State Farm Insurance has donated $125,000 to assist disaster relief organization, Convoy of Hope, in its response to Hurricane Ian.
To date, Convoy of Hope has served more than 80,000 people in the wake of Hurricane Ian. More than 1,200 volunteers mobilized to help Convoy serve 21 communities in the most affected parts of Florida.
“This generous donation helps Convoy distribute more food, water and supplies to Floridians who were impacted by Hurricane Ian,” said Convoy of Hope’s Jamie Bilton. “We are very grateful for State Farm’s support, and it is our privilege to serve alongside a company that excels at helping people recover from the unexpected.”
Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28, pummeling Florida’s Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph before cutting across toward the east coast. The storm left a path of destruction across the Sunshine State, producing catastrophic flooding and storm surge. It is the third-deadliest storm to hit the U.S., eclipsed only by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
The storm is forecast to be the most significant natural disaster for the insurance sector in decades, with industry losses from the storm having the potential to reach as high as $75 billion, which would make it the costliest natural disaster ever in nominal terms.
“State Farm is pleased to support Convoy of Hope efforts to help our communities impacted by Hurricane Ian,” said State Farm corporate responsibility director, Apsara Sorensen. “Part of our mission is to help people recover from the unexpected. We hope this grant goes a long way in helping our community recover from the hurricane.”
Convoy of Hope has already responded to more than 50 natural disasters this year, both in the U.S. and around the world.