Post Hurricane Resources/Information
Below are a number of various resources for those who may have been impacted by the storm:
- CDC – Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm
- Ready.gov – Returning Home After a Hurricane
- Volunteer Florida – Statewide Volunteer Opportunities
- Florida Disaster Fund – The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.
Red Cross – Post Hurricane Safety
- Find Open Shelters
- One can contact the Red Cross Disaster Distress Helpline for free if you need to talk to someone at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
- Applications for Individual Federal Disaster Assistance
- Business Damage Assessment Survey
- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has launched the Business Damage Assessment Survey. Completing the survey will help expedite aide to affected businesses.
Tips to filing a homeowners’ insurance claim:
- Make a home inventory. Use your smartphone to take photos or videos of your belongings, including furniture, appliances, clothes, jewelry, and art. Save your inventory in a location you can easily retrieve it, such as the cloud, or email a copy to yourself. Many insurers also offer specialized apps to help policyholders create their own home inventory.
- Gather copies of your insurance policies. Keep copies of your insurance policies (home, flood, and auto) in a safe, dry, and accessible location.
- Save your insurer’s contact information. Save your insurer’s toll-free claims number to your phone’s contacts so you can easily start the claims process if your home is damaged or destroyed in a storm.
Small Business Help
The disaster declaration came out from the Small Business Administration and separates applicants into eligibility for various low interest loan products by county. There are two different disaster declarations that are in effect now: one has to do with businesses in the most directly impacted areas, and makes a broad array of loan products available for physical damage both business and personal as well as economic impact and the other has just economic impact disaster loans available to business owners in contiguous counties that were less directly impacted.
Each region in Florida has a local SBDC based in a university that has business consultants available to assist business owners with accessing low interest federal disaster loans and state of Florida DEO Emergency Bridge Loans once they become available in times of declared disasters to address financial hardship caused by Hurricane Ian. Reach out to them and they can walk you through what may be available to you at no cost to the business.
Find your local SBDC: https://floridasbdc.org/locations/ More info on the declaration from the SBA–look up your region to see what loans you may be eligible for in your geographic area
For additional resources and statewide emergency information, visit FloridaDisaster.org.