Union College students to assist in Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska college students are heading to Fort Meyers, Florida, to help residents clean up damage from Hurricane Ian.  

The group is made up of 30 Union College International Rescue and Relief students and alumni.  

The team will work primarily on putting tarps on roofs to prevent additional water damage, helping residents clean out damaged homes and removing downed trees. 

“It can cost $20,000 to move a tree out of your front lawn,” said Andrew Sanders, the program’s director. “So if we can do that for free, it is a big impact for that population.” 

The team will head to Florida on Sunday morning.

They are expected to arrive in the affected area on Monday afternoon.  

Students say the most rewarding thing about responding to a natural disaster is being able to help the people. 

“My favorite part is being able to see the community themselves and see how resilient, capable and hardworking they are,” Lauren Richert said.

This is not the first time International Rescue and Relief is assisting in a natural disaster.

Last year, they went to Louisiana to help with Hurricane Ida recovery. In 2020, they went to assist Iowans after the derecho. 

They are expected to stay in Florida for six days before returning to Nebraska. 

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