ESPN SWFL Hurricane Central Continuing Coverage

Hurricane Ian has devastated much of Southwest Florida and you need the information to help put your life back together. We’ve assembled this guide to help you navigate this new normal. If you wish to donate to relief efforts, go here.

Hurricane Ian Relief Information: 

UPDATED 10/6/2022 at 10:50AM 

 

FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:  

FLORIDADISTASTER.ORG 

Florida Disaster

Hurricane Ian Relief Information: 

Rachael Updated 10/6 @10:09am 

 

FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:  

FLORIDADISTASTER.ORG 

 

 

Airbnb 

Airbnb has launched www.airbnb.com/hurricaneianflorida as a resource for Florida residents displaced by Hurricane Ian. The page shows open (vacant and available for rent) properties that are available to be booked outside of the FEMA Disaster zones. As communities become fully restored with water and electricity, Airbnb will add more open properties to the page. 

For displaced residents of Lee and Charlotte counties, Airbnb is also working with their nonprofit partners to offer vouchers for temporary housing at Airbnb properties. To learn more, click here. 

Expedia 

VISIT FLORIDA has activated its Emergency Accommodations Module with Expedia to provide real-time hotel availability throughout the state. This module is automatically populated from Florida inventory information provided to Expedia. 

**Information in this section is provided by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce 

 

 

UPDATE FOR HERTZ ARENA: (on their FB page)  

10/04 7:05PM UPDATE: 

We will no longer be offering shuttles to Fort Lauderdale and Miami Airports. 

Thank you  

HERTZ ARENA DONATIONS:  

SWFL is absolutely amazing! We have received an arena FULL of donations! We ask that all donations be sent to any of these amazing organizations: 

United Way – Please dial 211 or visit UnitedWay.org for available donation locations near you! 

St. Matthew’s House, Inc. – 2601 Airport Pulling Road S, Naples, FL 34112 or visit stmatthewshouse.org 

Ocean Church – 22100 S Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL 33928 or visit oceanchurch.com 

This shows how generous our community is! We will rebuild together!  

 

 

 

APPLY FOR FEMA: 

Apply for Assistance: Individuals affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida now can apply for assistance. 

  • Calling 800-621-3362 
  • If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. 

 

Looking for Gas: Visit https://www.gasbuddy.com/app 

 

 

FOR VOLUNTEER INFORMATION:  

 

 

 

 

LOCATIONS COLLECTING DONATIONS:  

  • Hertz Arena; 1100 Everblades Pkwy Estero, FL 33928 
  • McGregor Baptist Church; accepting all items  
  • Cape Coral Community Church; non-perishable items 
  • Ocean Church CC + Estero; non-perishable items only  

 

FUEL RELIEF FUND 

15271 McGregor Blvd. – next to Goodwill in McGregor Pointe Shopping Center  

10/5 and 10/6 from 9a-3pm 

GIVING AWAY 5 GALLONS OF GAS TO ANYONE – CAR OR CAN 

 

SHELTERS 

 

Hertz Arena 

1100 Everblades Pkwy 

Estero, FL 33928 

 

South Fort Myers High School  

14020 Plantation Rd 

Fort Myers, FL 33912 

 

Estero Recreation Center 

9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.  

Estero, FL 33928 

 

Disaster Assistance 

Disasterassistance.org  

800-621-3362 

 

POWER AND ELECTRICITY: 

FPL 

LCEC 

 

 

 

Sanibel Re-entry Passes: 

 

The City of Sanibel is issuing Hurricane Re-entry Passes today, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2022, in the Sanibel Meeting Room, first floor, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sanibel Room, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33907. The hours of operation beginning Wednesday, October 5, 2022, will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  

 

Residents – Must have a Sanibel Hurricane Reentry Pass or a Florida Driver’s License showing a Sanibel Address. Owners of residential properties with a permanent Sanibel address or out of state permanent address who currently do not have a hurricane reentry pass may come to the Crowne Plaza, Sanibel Room, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33907, to obtain a pass. Residents are required to show proof of residency by providing a government issued photo ID with a Sanibel address so staff can verify ownership of property through LEEPA. Renters of residential properties need to bring a rental agreement, utility bill, etc. and valid governmental ID that verifies they are residents of the island.  

 

Business Owners – Must have a VALID Sanibel (commercial) Hurricane reentry pass. Sanibel Business Owners can obtain Business Tax Receipts (BTR) at the Crowne Plaza, Sanibel Room, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33907. BTR’s are being issued to Business Owners ONLY, beginning Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  

 

Contractors – MUST have a valid Sanibel (Commercial) Hurricane Reentry pass or be accompanied by a resident with a reentry pass or a business owner with a reentry pass. We are not issuing new passes to Contractors at the Crowne Plaza at this time. 

 

 

Lee County 

INSURANCE VILLAGE INFORMATION  

(to assist consumers with insurance claims and other needs)   

 

  • 4301 Edison Ave; Daily 8am – 6pm 
  • 15290 Bass Road; Daily 8am – 6pm  

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE 

 

  • LEE HEALTH OUTPATIENT LOCATIONS: CLICK HERE. 
  • Lee Health announced its TeleHealth service is free to use before going to any of their facilities. Lee Health said to receive TeleHealth service, you can visit here. 
  • Millennium Physicians Group is opening a walk-in clinic on October 2nd at 13813 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, 12 pm- 5 pm. They have also opened a number of offices around Southwest Florida, to find an available office, call (844) 225-5674. 

 

 

WELL-BEING CHECKS  

  • Lee County 239-477-1000.  
  • Sanibel 239 603-7261 
  • COLLIER 239-252-9300 
  • CHARLOTTE 942-639-2101 
  • ENGLEWOOD 941-474-3233 
  • Sarasota County 941-316-1201 
  • Orange County 407-836-4357
     

 

CURFEWS 

Charlotte County: 9pm 

Lee County: 9pm 

Collier County: 9pm 

 

 

Hardware Stores  

 

Sunshine Ace Hardware   Naples - 141 Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) North; (239) 262-2940 
  East Naples - 4433 Tamiami Trail East; (239) 775-2150  
  Marco Island - 1720 San Marco Road; (239) 642-7444 
  Golden Gate - 11673 Collier Blvd,; (239) 455-3400 
  Bonita Springs – 9100 Bonita Beach Road; (239) 992-0169 
  San Carlos – 18911 Tamiami Trail South; (239) 415-1161 
  Port Charlotte - 3035 Tamiami Trail; (941) 627-5558 
  Port Charlotte - 912a Kings Highway; (941) 629-4455 

 

 

Free Disaster Assistance 

CRISIS CLEAN UP 

1-800-451-1954 

 

 

The below information found on: FLORIDAHEALTH.GOV  

 

Emergency Information 

The Florida Department of Health is working to support local and state response to public health needs resulting from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather conditions. 

Be prepared before the storm. Remember that severe weather can impact your access to power and water. Driving might not be possible after the storm—your car might be damaged and roads may be flooded or blocked. 

 

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 tostay tuned to your local officials and/or log on to the FloridaDisaster.org during an emergency event for exact hours of operation. 

 

Know Where to Find Shelter 

The time may arise when you may need to evacuate your home to go to a safer place. In certain situations, it may be safest for you to evacuate to a more secure location like a shelter. The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters: 

Special Needs Shelters 

If you have a disability or a special need such as a medical condition, it’s vital that you register with your local emergency management office. All emergency management offices maintain a list of people within the community who have disabilities or special needs so they can be assisted quickly during an emergency.  

If you are eligible for a special needs shelter, your kit should include: 

  • List of medications and dosage and a 30-day supply of medications. 
  • Vital medical equipment for those who may be electrically or oxygen dependent. 
  • Backup energy sources (such as batteries) for essential medical equipment. 
  • Special dietary needs or food, if needed. 
  • Personal information including a photo ID, insurance card, emergency contacts and your primary care provider’s contact information.  

 

Boil Water Notices 

Know when water is safe to drink is key to staying safe.  

 

Early Prescription Refills Permitted Under State of Emergency 

This notice is a reminder that all health insurers, managed care organizations, and other health entities must comply with provisions of section 252.358, Florida Statutes, which allows early prescription refills in the event the Governor issues an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency. This mandate remains in effect until the Governor’s Executive Order is rescinded or expires. 

Prescription Information 

Under a State of Emergency, a pharmacist, may be able to refill prescriptions early. In accordance with section 465.0275, F.S., pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-day supply of maintenance medication for a chronic condition. 

However, a 30-day prescription for a medicinal drug listed in Schedule II appearing in chapter 893 is not permitted under section 465.0275, F.S.  

In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and are unable to obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense a one-time emergency refill of up to a 72-hour supply of the prescribed medication; or a one-time emergency refill of one vial of insulin to treat diabetes mellitus, irrespective of the issuance of an executive order. 

 

Stay Connected 

Get helpful information from DOH’s official social media accounts. One of the fastest ways to receive accurate health-related information is to monitor @HealthyFla on Twitter and on Facebook. 

 

HURRICANE CONTACT NUMBERS 

HOTLINES 
   
FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE/REGISTRATION  800-621-3362  

TTY: 800-462-7585 

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION  800-659-2955  

TTY: 800-877-8339 

FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE  866-720-5721 
REPORT FALSE CLAIMS  800-323-8603 
STATE OF FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFO 24-HOUR HOTLINE  800-342-3557 
SAFE & WELLNESS HELPLINE TO SEE IF PEOPLE ARE OK OR IN A SHELTER  844-221-4160 
FINANCIAL SERVICES HURRICANE HELP LINE  800-227-8676 
RED CROSS FOOD, SHELTER AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE  866-438-4636 
DCF INFORMATION  866-762-2237 
ELDER HELPLINE  800-963-5337 
ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PRICE GOUGING HOTLINE  866-966-7226 
REPORT UNLICENSED ACTIVITY  866-532-1440 
AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER SERVICES  800-435-7352 
DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES  239-533-7387 

 LEE COUNTY  

239-252-7387 – COLLIER 

EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS 

LEE  239-533-0622 
COLLIER  239-252-3600 
CHARLOTTE  941-833-4000 
DESOTO  863-993-4831 
GLADES  863-946-6020 
HENDRY  863-674-5400 

CONTRACTOR INFORMATION 

DIVISION OF WORKERS’ COPENSATION  800-742-2214 
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS  407-260-1511 
FLORIDA WALL AND CEIILING CONTRACTORS  407-260-1313 
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF FLORIDA  813-879-8064 
AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFICES 
   
LEE, HEDRY, GLADES AND COLLIER  239-596-6868 
CHARLOTTE & DESOTO  941-629-4345 

POWER COMPANIES 

FPL  800-468-8243 
LCEC  800-599-2356 
GLADES ELECTRIC CO-OP  800-226-4024 
SCHOOL DISTRICT  863-674-4555 OR 863-674-4622 IN CLEWISTON 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT  863-675-5255 OR 863-983-1594 IN CLEWISTON 
COUNTY UTILITIES  863-675-5376 
HEALTH DEPARTMENT  863-674-4041 OR 863-983-1408 IN CLEWISTON 
BUILDING & ZONING  836-675-5245 OR 863-983-1463 

ONLINE RESOURCES 

NHC.NOAA.GOV   
FEMA.GOV   
REDCROSS.ORG   
MYFLORIDACFO.COM 
FLASH.ORG   
FMO1.ORG   

 

 

 

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