Operation Care: Florida Keys
September 15th, 2017 -> Current Operation
Hurricane Irma made landfall on September 10, 2017 at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph sustained winds. A 106 mph gust was reported at National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key. The storm headed north-by-northwest at 8 mph. Shelter Foundation began Operation Care: Florida Keys and responded within five days after the storm by assisting those affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. The estimates for the amount of time required for an area to recover from a devastating storm of this magnitude are typically an average 2 - 10 years. Hurricane Irma has exacerbated the lack of affordable housing issues that were already an ongoing issue in the Florida Keys.