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Operation Care is a Shelter Foundation initiative for the response to disasters. No disaster is the same, and each requires a unique response, based on the needs of the area and the magnitude of the disaster.
In the event of a disaster, Shelter's Emergency Response Teams (SERT) deploy to the disaster-stricken area and assist in Search and Rescue, Medical, Supply Distribution, and Food Preparation. SERT teams continuously evaluate conditions and will remain until the situation has deescalated to a recovery phase. Once the affected area enters a recovery phase, SERT teams will then begin the process of directing information to Shelter Foundation's other program directors. This ensures that a Continuum of Care (CoC) plan is initiated, and continues to address issues that may arise going forward.
Operation Care takes priority over most other SHELTER programs.
Hurricane Irma strikes the Florida Keys.
Hurricane Irma makes landfall 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...