emergency resources

Disasters can happen at any time and any place. Preparing is vital to surviving before help arrives. After the disaster there are programs to get you back on your feet. Review the community resources below to get started.

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Emergency Resources Update

LEE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Website: https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement

FEMA

Disaster victims can obtain additional information and apply for disaster assistance through FEMA in various ways. A toll-free number has been established by FEMA for disaster victims to apply for certain types of disaster programs and obtain information about others. You can obtain information by calling.
Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
www.fema.gov
 
DISASTER ASSISTANCE - SBA Disaster Loan
Businesses of all sizes located in declared disaster areas, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters affected by declared disasters, including civil unrest and natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires can qualify. 
www.disasterloanassistance.sba.gov
SAFE AND FOUND PERSONS
To report someone has been found  and is safe
Website: https://safe.fl.gov/safe
REPORT A MISSING PERSON
To report a missing person
Website: https://missing.fl.gov/es

FILE AN UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM

To file a Unemployment claim. Governor DeSantis has waived work search, work registration.

To file a claim, go to http://www.floridajobs.org and select “File a Claim”, visit a local CareerSource Career Center, or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday at the 800 number from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants.

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If you lost your job due to the Hurricane-File a DUA claim

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those who are ineligible to receive federal or state Reemployment Assistance benefits and the individual meets one of the following requirements:

•Is unemployed as a direct result of the major disaster;

•Was scheduled to start employment but was unable to as a direct result of the major disaster;

•Is unable to reach their job or self-employment location because the individual has to travel through an affected area and is prevented from doing so as a direct result of the major disaster;

•Has become the primary breadwinner because the head of the household died as a direct result of the major disaster; or unable to work because of an injury that was a direct result of the major disaster.

For DUA claims information, call 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) to speak with a representative.

 
BUSINESS DAMAGE Assessment Survey
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Ian. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses.
www.floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments
DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES
A list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
Website: https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/disaster-assistance/
 
RESOURCE PAGE Enterprise Florida
For any businesses affected by Hurricane Ian, Enterprise Florida has launched a Disaster Assistance Resources Page with a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities. 
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/disaster-assistance/
 
IRS Excise Tax
IRS will waive tax penalties on disasters on a case-by-case basis.
Phone: (800) 829-1040
www.irs.gov/businesses
 
FLORIDA TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
Check out Florida 511
 
BOIL WATER NOTICES
Note, your utility will have the latest and most up-to-date information. But See the boil water notices below
Boil Water Notices
Website: https://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/drinking-water/boil-water-notices/index.html
 
STATE ASSISTANCE INFORMATION LINE
The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting Florida.
 
SAIL hotline: 800-342-3557
During an emergency, the hotline is operational daily at set hours depending on the severity of the event.
Be sure to stay tuned to your local officials and/or log on to FloridaDisaster.org during an emergency event for exact hours of operation.
https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/information-line
HOUSING UPDATES

If your family has been displaced, we encourage you to visit www.FloridaHousingSearch.org. This free, statewide search platform is updated to ensure all listings are accurate and can help you quickly locate an affordable rental property. If you do not have Internet access, you may also call the following toll-free number for assistance in conducting a search: 1-877-428-8844.

 

If your home sustained damage as a result of the storm, your local State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program office may have recovery assistance available to help with temporary relocation, rental assistance, debris removal, and/or home repairs. Please contact your local SHIP office directly for more information:

Local Government Information

floridahousing.org
 
LEE COUNTY LEGAL AID SOCIETY
A private, nonprofit organization that provides free legal aid to low income residents of Lee County.

2400 First Street, Suite 214 Fort Myers, FL 33901

(239) 334-6118

Website: https://www.leecountylegalaid.org/
Expedia Emergency Accommodations
 
Emergency Accommodations Module from Expedia provides real-time hotel availability to impacted travelers throughout the state. This module is automatically populated from Florida inventory information provided to Expedia.
 
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Volunteer & Donation Updates

Volunteer Florida - Hurricane Ian Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer Florida exists to endorse volunteerism as a solution to critical issues in Florida. As Florida communities recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian, Volunteer Florida has heard from many members who want to help and get their companies and employees involved in recovery efforts. If you are interested in learning more, a variety of opportunities can be found on the Volunteer Connect platform.

 

https://volunteer.volunteerflorida.org/

Florida Disaster Fund

 

First Lady Casey DeSantis has announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund to support Florida’s communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. In partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, please visit http:

www.FloridaDisasterFund.org

or text DISASTER to 20222.

ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES

Website: https://fl511.com/map

Comprehensive List of Resources

Website: Local Resources - NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties