Project Dynamo has now completed two missions, bringing stranded Americans back United States soil.
The first mission arrived from Israel, on Sunday, with evacuees who were unable to return home due to commercial flight cancellations.
The State of Florida partnered with Project Dynamo, a Tampa-based veteran-led nonprofit, to bring nearly 300 evacuees back to the United States, from Israel, including more than 270 to Tampa and seven to Orlando. Another flight was arranged for 23 people but about 40 Americans ended up being on that flight. That flight landed on Wednesday.
“We have a dedicated team of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of Americans caught in crisis situations all over the world,” said Bryan Stern, chief executive officer and founder of Project Dynamo. “It’s truly heart-wrenching to watch the destruction unfolding in Israel. We’re so grateful to Governor DeSantis for partnering with us on this mission, to save every American in need.”
On October 12, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-208 to allow the State of Florida to carry out logistical, rescue and evacuation operations to keep its residents safe. Specifically, this order enables the Florida Division of Emergency Management to bring Floridians home and transport necessary supplies to Israel.
Stern is asking people, or their families, who need assistance to visit the Project Dynamo website and the U.S. State Department’s STEP program. He also urges families, and supporters, to track updates on Dynamo’s social media platforms.
To support the organization’s ongoing efforts, visit https://www.projectdynamo.org/donate/