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October
4

Hurricane Ian Assistance

Major disaster declarations have been made by federal agencies in communities throughout Southwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, making a wide variety of programs available for emergency response, shelter, medical needs, financial assistance, and disaster relief for residents in need. Here are some of the programs available for you to find help.

Shelters and Emergency Response

If you're in need of immediate medical assistance, the best way to find it is to contact local emergency response by dialing 911. For other types of assistance, you can contact the local 211 Agency by dialing 211 on your phone to be connected with a trained professional who can tell you more about the local emergency assistance programs and services available in your community.

The Red Cross has responded to Hurricane Ian by opening shelters in a number of Southwest Florida communities and throughout the state. You can locate a shelter through the Red Cross Find Open Shelters Page. Here are the open shelters located closest to Southwest Florida at the time of writing, according to the Red Cross:

  • North Collier Regional Park – 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples, FL 34109

  • South Fort Myers High School – 14020 Plantation Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33912

  • Hertz Arena – 11000 Everglades Pkwy., Estero, FL 33928

  • Venice High School – 1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34285

  • John Marble Community Center – 3675 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34203

FEMA Disaster Assistance Programs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently accepting applications for assistance from individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian. You can learn more about the services being offered at the Hurricane Ian Disaster Assistance page and by downloading the FEMA Help After a Disaster digital brochure.

  • Applying for Assistance
    There are three primary ways to apply for assistance through FEMA. The fastest is to visit DisasterAssistance.gov to apply online. You can also download the FEMA mobile app to make an application or apply by calling 1-800-621-3362.

  • Housing Assistance
    FEMA offers a number of programs that provide direct or financial assistance for housing. These programs include rental assistance, lodging expense reimbursement, home repair, home replacement, and direct housing.

  • Other Needs Assistance
    FEMA also has programs to assist with other key needs, including personal property repair/replacement, medical/dental care, childcare, transportation, moving, storage, and miscellaneous expenses.

  • Additional Individual Assistance Programs
    FEMA offers a Crisis Counseling program to assist with the mental health needs of individuals and communities impacted by natural disasters. They also offer Disaster Unemployment, Disaster Legal Services, and Disaster Case Management programs that can assist with a wide variety of needs.

FEMA Food/Water Distribution Locations:

  • Kelly Road Soccer Complex – 10750 Kelly Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • Cape Coral Sports Complex – 1410 Sports Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991
  • Estero High School Ballfield Park – 21900 River Ranch Rd, Estero, FL 33928 
  • Veterans Park Recreation Center – 55 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Other Food Resources: 

Financial Assistance for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses

With a major disaster declared, the federal government makes a diverse selection of financial disaster relief services available to help with immediate and long-term following natural disasters like Hurricane Ian.

  • Disaster Unemployment and Small Business Assistance
    If your job was lost or your small business was impacted by Hurricane Ian, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The Department of Labor offers additional income and job assistance programs following a disaster.

  • Assistance with Food and Utility Bills
    For emergency assistance with food costs, the federal D-SNAP program can help cover the costs of food following Hurricane Ian. The LIHEAP program can help with the costs of energy bills, repairs to heating/cooling systems, repairs to home insulation, and the purchase of generators.

  • Applying for a Disaster Recovery Loan
    Financial assistance may also be available through Disaster Recovery Loans for homeowners and small businesses who are recovering after Hurricane Ian. You can learn more about the programs, find out if you're eligible, and apply online by visiting the US Small Business Association Disaster Assistance page.

We call Southwest Florida home, just like so many of the people impacted by Hurricane Ian, and our thoughts are with everyone in the region as we begin the process of recovering from the storm. If you're in need of assistance of any type after Hurricane Ian, we hope that these resources have helped provide a place to start.

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