Hurricane Ian Relief Update

Oct 7, 2022

As many of you know, Hurricane Ian has left a path of devastation in the Caribbean, the Eastern Coast of the United States, and most notably, the state of Florida. Many dentists’ homes have been flooded, dental practices destroyed, and their patient base greatly impacted. As a profession that prides itself on family and relationships, our hearts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by the storm. 
The Florida Dental Association Foundation provides emergency assistance grants to Florida dentists–small grants that provide funding for immediate, essential needs such as temporary housing, food, and water. That response includes more than $200,000 in funds to those in need due to Hurricane Ian. Given the enormity of the destruction, the Texas Dental Association Board of Directors held a special meeting, and the association will be donating $16,500 to the Florida Dental Association Foundation for disaster relief. During Hurricane Harvey, others were there for us, so it is our time to pay it forward. 
If you would like to contribute to the FDA Foundation’s Disaster Fund, please click here and select “Disaster Fund” for the first question. You can also send a check to the address below. 
FDA Foundation 
Attn: R. Jai Gillum 
545 John Knox Road, Suite 200 
Tallahassee, FL 32309 
Please make your check payable to “FDA Foundation” 
Not to be forgotten is the devastation incurred to the island Puerto Rico. The Texas Dental Association Board of Directors has elected to donate $7,500 to Puerto Rico’s dental association, Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico, for disaster assistance due to Hurricane Fiona. 
Those who want to help dentists in Puerto Rico can mail a donation marked “H. Fiona’s Relief Fund” to: 

The Colegio’s Insurance, Humanitarian Relief and Mutual Assistance Commission (Comision de Seguro, Socorro y Ayuda Mutua) at Comision de Seguro
Socorro y Ayuda Mutua Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de PR
#200 Domenech Ave.
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Photos: Dr Nancy Bouchard’s practice in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, courtesy of FDA Dental Chatter on Facebook