***If you are a business that has updates or wants to help, please email ESF18@em.myflorida.com or call (850) 815-4925.***


DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case. DRCs are set up in convenient areas after a disaster to make them easier to find. The DRC Locator helps you find the hours, services, and locations of DRCs near you.

A DRC may be able to help you:

  • Apply for assistance. You may also Apply for FEMA Assistance online or Apply/Check your status by phone 1-800-621-3362.
  • Learn more about disaster assistance programs.
  • Learn the status of your FEMA application.
  • Understand any letters you get from FEMA.
  • Find housing and rental assistance information.
  • Get answers to questions or resolve problems.
  • Get referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance.
  • Learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.
     

BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTERS

Business Recovery Centers are a coordinated effort between the SBA and local business resources to assist businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Ian.


PRIVATE PARTNER UPDATES 

VIEW OPEN/CLOSED PRIVATE BUSINESSES HERE

VIEW PHARMACY CLOSURES HERE


State Partner Updates:

Florida Department of Children and Families 

First Lady has worked with the State Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator, Sara Newhouse, to compile a webpage of resources to help first responders navigate resources for mental health needs post hurricane. To visit the site, click here. Mental health resources for individuals and communities are available at MyFLFamilies.com/HurricaneIan.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR):

  • DBPR is coordinating with wholesale distributors of prescription drugs and medical gases to provide exceptions for the emergency distribution of these critical supplies.
  • The Disaster Contractors Network contains a list of licensed contractors that can be searched by contractor name, county, and type.  This can be found at, www.DCNonline.org 

USDA

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or
    quarantine.
  • Emergency loan funds may be used to:
    • Restore or replace essential property;
    • Pay all or part of production costs associated with
    the disaster year;
    • Pay essential family living expenses;
    • Reorganize the farming operation; and
    • Refinance certain debts.
  • More information is available here.

VISIT FLORIDA:

Volunteer Florida:

Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing):

  • Florida Housing has ensured that all current listings are up to date in the event that families need to quickly relocate at www.FloridaHousingSearch.org.
  • Each SHIP office has an adopted disaster strategy that allows for assistance in the immediate aftermath of a declared disaster. Strategies may include temporary relocation and rental assistance, debris removal, and short-term repairs to prevent further damage to the structure or to allow for occupancy until further repairs are made.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

  • The FRLA has been working with Chick-fil-A, Firehouse Subs, Burger King, McDonald’s, 4Rivers, Texas Roadhouse, Culver’s, Popeyes, Benihana, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Great Southern, Darden, Brinker, Red Lobster, Waffle House, Bloomin Brands to bring food assistance to impacted areas.

Enterprise Florida:

  • Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is in regular communication with seaport, rail, airport, fuel, and power providers to coordinate between public and private sector partners ensuring that assistance, goods, and services during and  are being delivered.

  • Enterprise Florida activated its Disaster Assistance page with a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.

CareerSource Florida:

  • CareerSource Florida is assessing needs at local workforce development board partners in counties impacted by Hurricane Ian
  • CareerSource Florida is working with DEO to support recovery efforts and help connect affected residents with temporary employment and other recovery assistance. To find your local career center, visit Find Your Local Team or  Career Center Directory.
  • CareerSource Southwest Florida centers in Fort Myers, Immokalee, Clewiston, Naples, Port Charlotte are open and operational Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information on disaster recovery resources and mobile career center locations are available at  www.careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/disaster-recovery-information/
  • CareerSource South Florida and CareerSource Pasco Hernando locations have deployed mobile units to the Fort Myers Disaster Recovery Centers.
  • CareerSource Southwest Florida has deployed volunteers to the Disaster Recovery Center to assist impacted individuals.
  • To look for employment opportunities to help rebuild Florida's communities impacted by Hurricane Ian or to post Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal at DisasterRecovery.EmployFlorida.com

The following state agencies have issued waivers:

  • The Florida Department of Transportation - size and weight restrictions.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles - hours of service.

To obtain a copy of a State Agency Waiver, email ESF18@EM.MyFlorida.com


Road Conditions and Closures:

For current road conditions and closures, visit www.FL511.com.  


Report Price Gouging:

Report price gouging to the Florida Attorney General HERE.