After Assisting More Than 28,000 Hurricane Evacuees, Disaster Relief Center at Orlando International Airport Set To Close

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL — As passenger arrivals from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands into Orlando International Airport return to normal levels, the Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Center (DRC) will cease operations Friday, December 29, 2017. Since opening on October 3rd, the center has provided support to more than 28,000 individuals, nearly 6,000 of whom came directly from arriving flights.

Over the course of the last three months, Orlando International Airport (MCO) dedicated space, personnel and resources to the extensive humanitarian effort. The DRC was established to create a single location where individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Maria could seek assistance from a variety of agencies. The Center was a collaborative effort with the State of Florida and local and federal partners, which supported recovery efforts and matched individuals and families with available resources.

Resources consisted of:

  • Job referrals
  • Health services
  • Assistance from FEMA
  • Emotional and spiritual care
  • Food assistance
  • Public school registration
  • Clothing assistance

“The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is pleased to have been able to compassionately serve those who have been affected greatly in the wake of Hurricane Maria by hosting the Disaster Relief Center at Orlando International Airport,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The Aviation Authority appreciates Governor Rick Scott and his team for their leadership as well as the support of all the community partners who made this endeavor so successful.”

Following an executive order by Gov. Scott, Orlando International Airport was designated as one of three point of debarkation sites for the Multi-Agency Resource Centers. In addition to MCO, Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami cruise terminal and Osceola County also participated in the outreach effort.

Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports” in 2017. With more than 43 million annual passengers, MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 13th busiest in the U.S. The airport is centrally located and within a two hour drive for 60 percent of the state’s residents. MCO has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.