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Community Support Resources

Rely on others in our community to be #FloridaStrong and help one another. Find the resources you need to rebuild stronger than ever.

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The devastation caused by a hurricane is overwhelming. Whether you're in the path of a storm or just trying to help those affected, there are many organizations that can provide assistance.

 

  1. The American Red Cross has been helping people since 1881. They offer disaster preparedness training, emergency shelter, blood services, and more. You can also donate money to support their efforts. The Red Cross is currently helping residents impacted by Hurricane Ian by providing shelter, food, and relief supplies. They also have great resources for what to do after the storm.

 

  1. FEMA is the lead federal agency for managing the response to natural disasters. FEMA provides support to state and local governments in the aftermath of a disaster. They also coordinate with other federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services, to provide a comprehensive response to a disaster. FEMA's assistance can take many forms, including financial assistance, temporary housing, and access to essential services like healthcare and childcare. They also provide support to businesses and help communities rebuild after a disaster. 

 

As an extension of FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have activated their Blue Roof program. Eligible residents can apply to have a temporary roof installed on their home through the Blue Roof program. This program allows residents to safely stay in their own homes until they can get permanent roof repairs. This is at no-cost for residents that prove:

  • That their home is their primary residence 

  • There is no more than 50% of the roof frame damaged 

  • They are the owner or renter with legal permission to stay in the residence until permanent repairs can be made

  • They are residing in the home that will be tarped

  • The roof is made of standard shingles and roofing materials that allows a tarp to be nailed in place.  


 

  1. The United Way has a number of ways to help people recover after a disaster. They offer financial assistance, food, shelter, clothing, and more. You can also donate money online through their website. 

 

  1. The U.S. Small Business Association helps small businesses and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Ian by offering disaster loans. They have an application online for easy access. The SBA also offers temporary employment to help with disaster relief.

 

  1. The Florida Health Care Association has a variety of resources for the health of both human residents and animals. You can report things like damages and utilities that were impacted by Hurricane Ian. They also include many resources to keep residents updated on the current state of the situation so that everyone can be as safe as possible. 

 

  1. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has resources for employees during this time. They outline the rights of employees that are impacted by Hurricane to keep them safe.

 

  1. The National Electrical Contractors Association provides funds for contractors that were impacted by Hurricane Ian. Electrical contractors are working tirelessly to ensure that residents of Florida have access to power. They also provide current information on any power outages in Florida. 

  2. For more general information and resources, check out USA Gov and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Both sites list resources for Florida residents that will be helpful with rebuilding and staying safe during this time after the storm. 

 

Local organizations are also a valuable resource, as they can provide specific assistance that is tailored to the needs of the community. In the aftermath of a hurricane, it is important to be aware of all the resources that are available in order to get the help that is needed.

 

  1. Feed Tampa Bay is a great resource for food. They also have donation and volunteer opportunities.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Thrives is a free mental health crisis helpline for Tampa Bay Residents. 

 

  1. Fort Myers Beach Chamber has a Hurricane Relief Fund for businesses and residents that became unemployed due to Hurricane Ian. They also accept donations that go directly to certain businesses.

 

Everyone needs a little help after a disaster. Whether it’s physical, financial, or mental, there are a variety of resources to help you get back on your feet.

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