Hurricane Ian - How to Help and Get Help
Hurricane Ian caused significant damage across a large swath of the State of Florida. Now that the Hurricane has left the State, the focus is on recovery and rebuilding efforts. Here are a few sources that individuals, families, and businesses should be aware of.
Share Vacancies Available/Needed for Displaced Residents
We know Hurricane Ian has impacted Floridians across the State. In some cases, the impact has destroyed homes and apartment communities, and some BAAA members have report entire apartment communities have been damaged. BAAA members can click the link below to a form to let us know if you need to relocate residents, or if you have available units that relocating residents can move to, and we’ll work on matching you up.
FEMA Hurricane Ian Landing Page
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up a Hurricane Ian landing, available at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4673. The page provides information on how individuals and families who homes or belonging were damaged by Hurricane Ian and who did not have insurance can apply for FEMA assistance. You can also call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. The page also provides a list of non-profit and other organizations providing assistance.
Report Business Damage & Share How Your Business Can Help
FloridaDisaster.biz, a partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, is requesting businesses that have suffered damage/loss due to Hurricane Ian to report those losses as soon as possible via the Business Damage Assessment Survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments. Filling out the survey will help government officials evaluate need and deliver assistance to affected businesses. You can also call 850-815-4925.
Additionally, if you are a business and able to provide assistance to people impacted by Hurricane Ian, FloridaDisaster.biz is collecting this information and listing it on their website. For example, Uber has announced free rides and Expedia.com has announced help in securing temporary lodging. You can have your information added by calling 850-815-4925 or sending an email to ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
Hurricane Ian Volunteer & Donation Opportunities
Several volunteer opportunities in respone to Hurricane Ian relief efforts have been posted on the Volunteer Florida webpage. People interested in volunteering should look through all the postings to see what opportunities are best suited for your skills and experience.