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Hurricane Irma relief efforts

September 12, 2017 / Florida

Our hearts and minds are with all those impacted by Hurricane Irma across the U.S. and the Caribbean, and we are taking steps to help our communities rebuild.

To support in the immediate aftermath of the storm, we are donating $400,000 of rides, food, and relief to families and communities affected as well as first responders. To make sure these resources are deployed where they are most needed, we are working directly with government officials, Volunteer Florida, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other organizations across Florida and the Southeast. Our current efforts include:

  • Providing free rides to and from shelters so people in impacted areas can access safe, reliable transportation when they most need it. Click here for city-specific details on free rides.
  • Coordinating with local partners to deliver donations of food and water to people in shelters
  • Providing free rides to help move volunteers who need transportation in impacted areas
  • Supporting driver-partners affected by the storm throughout the Southeast
  • Worked directly with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to provide free rides to vulnerable older adults without power across the state in Irma’s aftermath
  • Providing free meals to law enforcement working tirelessly to keep our communities safe 

In addition to immediate relief efforts, we realize there’s a need for more long-term resources and actions. To aid those who need it most, we’re donating to funds that will enable communities to rebuild in the long-term. Among those funds include the American Red Cross, Volunteer Florida, the Miami Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund, Florida First Coast Fund, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, and Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE).

If you are a local government, nonprofit, or other organization with an immediate need for free rides or are interested in partnering on other response efforts, please email us at IrmaRelief@uber.com and we will respond soon as possible.

Please check back here for updates.