FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2022
Kissimmee, FL– As a climate and racial justice organizing program, Chispa Florida recognizes, the drastic forces of climate change cause widespread harm and displacement of communities. Our Latino community in Florida knows and understands the harmful effects of climate change because, unfortunately, part of them are here after a climate change tragedy in their country, and now they also need to battle Hurricane Ian here in Florida.
Today, Hurricane Ian remains a high-end Category 4, producing maximum sustained winds up to 155 mph. The hurricane will move through Florida on Wednesday and Thursday before making its way along the coast of northeastern Florida and Georgia Thursday night and Friday, according to forecasters.
This week, Chispa Florida has been actively working to educate our members, volunteers, and people of the community on how to get sandbags and where to find them in their counties, how to evacuate their houses if caught in a danger zone and how to find nearby hotels for shelter during that storm. Our organizer has also created a WhatsApp group for our members where we will be continuously providing information, and tips also to giving our community members emotional support if it’s needed.