Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources - Fort Myers Beach Chamber (2023)

Resources To Help Your Business Get Back On It’s Feet

US Chamber of Commerce

Call us if you need any assistance after the hurricane. The U.S. Chamber Foundation’sDisaster Help Deskteam has advised thousands of small businesses around the country. You can call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943) to speak with an expert.

SCORE FREE Business Mentoring

It may feel overwhelming to get your business through a disaster, but don’t feel like you have to go it alone. SCORE is here to help. You can contact us to request a free business mentor that can help you assess your current position and work with you to develop a recovery plan.

Get your free mentor today at www.score.org/find-mentor or call 800-634-0245.

Florida Department Of Economic Opportunity

the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Ian. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses.

DEO is updatingwww.FloridaDisaster.bizwith real-time information for business owners, families, and employees throughout the preparation, response and recovery phases of Hurricane Ian.

US Small Business Administration

Low-interest disaster loans from theU.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) are available to businesses and residents inFlorida following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to Hurricane Ian.

The disaster declaration covers Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties inFlorida, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Broward, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco and Polk inFlorida.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website athttps://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/and should apply under SBA declaration# 17644.

SBDC Business Recovery Center

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) at SWFL Inc. at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

The BRC will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM to provide assistance with the following programs:

  • SBA Physical Disaster Loan
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Making $50 Million Available – At Least $10 Million of Which Must Go to Assist Agricultural Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Florida’s small business owners in need of assistance can now apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program at www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL.

FEMA

Disaster victims can obtain additional information and apply for disaster assistance through FEMA in various ways. A toll-free number has been established by FEMA for disaster victims to apply for certain types of disaster programs and obtain information about others. You can obtain information by calling. Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362) – Website: www.fema.gov

Disaster Recovery Center

The Disaster Recovery Center is Located at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919, and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are being established by FEMA and FDEM and will be announced in the coming days. Locations will be updated in real time at www.floridadisaster.org.

Reemployment Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the work search reporting, waiting week, and Employ Florida registration requirements for Reemployment Assistance claims have been temporarily waived for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian in FEMA disaster-declared counties. By waiving these requirements, eligible Floridians will be able to quickly apply and receive reemployment assistance and disaster unemployment assistance benefits.

Additionally, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents in FEMA disaster-declared counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Ian and are not eligible for regular state or Federal Reemployment Assistance benefits.

To file a claim, go tohttp://www.floridajobs.organd select “File a Claim”, visit alocal CareerSource Career Center, or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants.For DUA claims information, call 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) to speak with a representative.

Relief Funding Information Center

An information center has been set up at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, 3903 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Fort Myers, for those looking for details on FEMA grants, Florida Small Business Loans, Emergency Bridge Loans, and other programs. They will be open from 10am-3pm Thursday and Friday.

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Enterprise Florida Resource Page

For any businesses affected by Hurricane Ian, Enterprise Florida has launched a Disaster Assistance Resources Page with a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.

CareerSource Southwest Florida

CareerSource Southwest Florida will have a fully-staffed mobile unit available to assist with disaster unemployment assistance and temporary work for recovery. The mobile unit is stationed at the Walmart at 3451 Tamiami Trail E in Naples, Friday through Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Better Business Bureau

For Consumers:

https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/27645-bbb-warns-consumers-to-watchout-for-storm-chasers-after-hurricane-ian

For Businesses:

https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/27647-bbb-urges-businesses-to-watch-out-for-storm-chasers-after-hurricane-ian

For Donors:

https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/27668-bbb-of-west-florida-tips-five-things-to-know-before-donating-to-hurricane-ian-relief

BBB Florida Hurricane Guide:www.bbb.org/hurricane

Better Business Bureau provides a one stop resource page to help Florida’s Consumers, Businesses and NonProfits. Within this hurricane guide, you will find tips on Disaster Preparedness, Recovery and Repair, How to AvoidStorm Chaser Scams, additional Government Resources andtips on Giving Wiselyto Disaster Relief Charities.

Department of Financial Services Announces Two Insurance Villages

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services will be setting up two insurance villages to assist customers with insurance claims and other needs. Both locations will become operational at 1pm on Monday October 3.

Moving forward the locations will be open daily from 8am to 6pm seven days a week. Participants are encourages to arrive 8:30am and 12pm for set up.

Port Charlotte Town Center
1441 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

JetBlue Park (Parking Lot)
11500 Fenway South Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Allstate and State Farm insurance companies have experienced representatives at mobile claims centers across SWFL to help clients process insurance claims for the damage that Hurricane Ian caused for homes, cars, and other property. Each one has a walk-up tent in theHome Depot parking lot at 14655 S Tamiami Trailin Fort Myers.

Initial Payment Centers

The Florida Department of Financial Services has opened two Initial Payment Centers (IPC) in the affected area. The purpose of the IPC is for policyholders to meet directly with their insurance companies to file claims, and for the insurance companies to issue checks to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, insurance carriers will focus on the immediate needs of policy holders by providing resources for specific items including living expenses.

Policyholders should bring as much documentation as they can, including:

  • A driver’s license or other form of identification (Passport/State issued ID)
  • Insurance cards and insurance policy information/documentation
  • Pictures or documentation of the property being claimed as a loss resulting from Hurricane Ian
  • Any additional insurance-related information that is readily accessible.

Locations:

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  • Port Charlotte Town Center (Parking Lot):1441 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    • Daily Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET Daily
  • Lakes Regional Library:15290 Bass Road Fort Myers, FL 33919
    • Daily Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET Daily

Flood Insurance Waivers to Speed Up Processing Times

Based on arequest from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to approve a waiver that will assist homeowners with national flood insurance, who were impacted by Hurricane Ian, will be able to get their claims processed faster.

This waiver will allow current policyholders to access a portion of their claim without having to complete the full claims process. This will speed up the process for people who are waiting for assistance. It will also provide up to $20,000 for necessary repairs.

This does not mean that policyholders can bypass the full claims process. The waiver is only in place to help get the process started faster, and provide assistance to those in affected areas. Policyholders will still need to complete the full insurance claims process.

If you are a policyholder that evacuated before the storm, and are unsure if you have flood damage, you can still start the flood insurance claims process if you suspect that you could have been effected by flooding.

Policyholders can contact their insurance agent or company to discuss next steps or start theNFIP Flood Claim processon the FEMA website. If you are not sure who the insurance agent or company is for your flood insurance, you can call (877) 336-2627.

Lee County Property Appraisal Office Update

The Lee County Property Appraiser’s office recently shared that they will be evaluating all the county’s 550,000 properties, getting assessments on the damage and redetermining the values during the next couple of months following Wednesday’s destruction wrought by Hurricane Ian. Lee County property appraiser Matt Caldwell notes that residents could help streamline this process by submitting their own information. If you visitLeePa.org,the home page now has links to submit details about damage as well as photographs.

Finding A Place To Live

HurricaneHomes.org is a team effort to help those affected by natural disasters. The site is created by real estate industry veterans to help those in their time of need.

The site works together with local Realtor® Associations and MLSs to identify housing that is immediately available to those displaced from their homes.

Here also is a spreadsheet of available apartments as of 10-4-22.

Family Resource Support Center

The Family Resource Support Center serves as a central hub for the community to access needed resources and supports. The Department has staff on site, including Hope Navigators, behavioral health partners who specialize in disaster recovery response, and public benefit eligibility specialists to help individuals and families. The Department will continue to work with local organizations and partners across the state to expand the array of resources that are available to help meet the needs of impacted families.

Sunshine Health – Lee County
4901 Palm Beach Boulevard , Suite 80
Fort Myers, Fl 33905
9am to 6pm

Mental Health Resources

Mental health resources for individuals and communities are available at MyFLFamilies.com/HurricaneIan. Floridians’ health and well-being are a top priority, and the Department of Children and Families is reminding individuals that they are not alone. All Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian can find someone to talk to today through the Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 800-985-5990.

IRS Excise Tax And Disaster Relief

IRS will waive tax penalties on disasters on a case-by-case basis.

Phone: (800) 829-1040

www.irs.gov/businesses

IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses

www.irs.gov/disasters

Victims of #HurricaneIan in Florida now have until Feb. 15, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

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From The Town of Fort Myers Beach

Anyone wanting to leave the Island should go to the closest spot to them on Estero Boulevard and wait for a vehicle from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office or the National Guard. They will be taken to the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge where a LeeTran vehicle will take them to where they are planning to stay. (shelter, friends/family, hotel)

World Chef Kitchen has set up a food truck on the lot to the south of Town Hall at 2525 Estero Boulevard. The truck is serving lunch and dinner FREE.

Verizon has set up a resource tractor trailer for the public to use wi-fi and charge up devices on the lot to the south of Town Hall at 2525 Estero Boulevard. It’s big and red, you can’t miss it!

Florida Licensing On Wheels

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) today deployed Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobile units to Lee County to provide residents with no-fee replacement driver licenses, identification cards, and titles.

The FLOW mobiles in Lee County will be located at:

Hertz Arena
11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL 33928
Hours of Operation: 8:30am – 4:30pm, seven days a week

Disaster Recovery Center
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Hours of Operation:8:30am – 4:30pm, seven days a week

FLOW mobiles will provide the following services:

-Renew or obtain an original Florida driver license and/or ID card;
-Replace a driver license and/or ID card;
-Change a name or address on a driver license and/or ID card;
-Renew or replace a vehicle registration;
-Replace a lost vehicle title; and
-Obtain or renew a disabled person parking permit.

Operation Blue Roof

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been tasked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs. The Operation Blue Roof program will begin on Oct. 3 to provide a temporary blue covering with fiber-reinforced sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.

Operation Blue Roof is a free service to homeowners. The counties that have been identified are Charlotte and Lee. The initial sign up period is set for 21 days and will end on Oct. 23. Learn more.

Assignment of Benefits – Don’t Be A Victim

An Assignment of Benefits agreement gives a third party (roofer, building contractor etc.) authority to make repair decisions, collect insurance payments and sue an insurance company in your name without your knowledge, consent, or involvement.

Florida’s CFO Jimmy Patronis has provided the following sites to answer you questions about Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Please read before you SIGN ANYTHING!

AOB FAQ:
https://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/assignmentofbenefits.htm

AOB Brochure:
https://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/understandingCoverage/Guides/documents/AssignmentOfBenefits.pdf

AOB Consumer Tips and Red Flags:
https://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/UnderstandingCoverage/Guides/documents/AOB_Consumer-Tips-Red-Flags_web.pdf

Airbnb And Expedia Resources For Accommodation

Airbnb

Airbnb has launched www.airbnb.com/hurricaneianflorida as a resource for Florida residents displaced by Hurricane Ian. The page showsopen (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.

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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 Expediato provide real-time hotel availability throughout the state. This module is automatically populated from Florida inventory information provided to Expedia.

FPL Update

Our dedicated team of more than 21,000 will not stop working until every customer’s power is restored. We expect to have power essentially restored to 95% of customers who can safely accept power by 11:59 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7.

If the meter box, pipes or wires are bent or broken, repairs may be needed before we can restore power. If it looks damaged, contact a licensed electrician. Do not touch damaged equipment. If the meter itself is damaged, restoration personnel will replace it.

FPL has opened outage relief centers where customers can get updates, depending on location, ice, water, device charging, etc. Locations are listed here.

  • Fort Myers: 2450 Edison Avenue
  • Fort Myers: 13401 Summerlin Road
  • Fort Myers: 17105 San Carlos Blvd.
  • Fort Myers: 3903 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
  • Fort Myers: 14821 Ben C Pratt/6-Mile Cypress Parkway
  • Fort Myers: 17000 Tamiami Trail
  • Naples: 500 Park Shore Drive
  • Estero: 9100 Williams Road

Points of Distribution For Food And Water

Lee County, along with state and federal partners, are opening Food & Water Points of Distribution (PODs) from 8am – 5pm daily for residents impacted by Hurricane Ian who need food and water. We are opening with eight PODs at these locations: Old Bonita Library, Kelly Road Soccer Complex, Cape Coral Sports Complex, Cape Coral Leonard Street, Estero High School Ballfield Park, North Fort Myers Recreation Center, Fleamasters Fleamarket, Veterans Park Recreation Center. More locations will be announced as supplies become available. Learn more.

Also actively distributing food are

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Community Cooperative

Midwest Food Bank

In addition, Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association has opened their education building (4081 Centerpointe Drive) in Fort Myers to the community to get supplies they have collected from across the country. They are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

FREE Wi-Fi Hotspot Network

Comcast

To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected after Hurricane Ian, Comcast’s public Xfinity WiFi hotspots are now available for anyone to use, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. For a map of public Xfinity WiFi hotspots located indoors and outdoors in shopping districts, parks, and businesses, visit Xfinity.com/wifi.

Verizon

Verizon had deployed three Wireless Emergency Connection Centers (WECCs) to assist Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian with wi-fi, phone batteries, and charging stations. These stations are available to help any customer of any carrier stay connected. WECCs are available at the following locations:

  • Port Charlotte Town Center Mall, 1441 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL (open daily 10:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Ft. Myers Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL (open beginning Oct 4. 8:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL (open daily from 9:00am-6:00pm)

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is providing wi-fi and charging stations to assist Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian at the following locations daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.:

  • West Florida State College, 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers FL
  • Port Charlotte Town Center Mall, 1441 Tamiani Trail, Port Charlotte
  • Fort Myers Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Debris Removal

Drop-Off Sites

Public drop-off sites for vegetative and structural debris are available. For more information, go to theOperational Adjustmentsand look in theSolid Waste section.

Curb Collection

Storm debris is collected separately from household garbage. Storm debris assessment is already underway throughout the county collections will begin in the next few days, giving residents time to get storm debris to the curb. Here are some tips.

  • Most Important – Please set storm debris at the curb away from your normal household trash and recycling; it will be collected and documented separately.
  • Place storm debris at the curb in three separate piles: garbage, yard waste and building debris. Federal Emergency Management Agency rules require documentation of the volume and type of debris collected to reimburse the county for storm cleanup.
  • Garbage must be placed in a 40-gallon can or heavy mil plastic bag each weighing no more than 50 pounds. If you have a larger county-provided container for automated garbage collection, you may use that as well.
  • Yard waste does not need to be bundled after the storm. Place it in piles that can easily be managed by collection personnel with a claw truck.
  • To expedite collection, do not place anything beneath low-hanging obstacles like trees or power lines or near things like fire hydrants or mailboxes.
  • Food must be removed from any appliance set at the curb. Inedible food should be placed with the garbage.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Phone Numbers

239-472-6100

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239-472-6150

FAQs

How can I help Fort Myers after Ian? ›

Fort Myers Beach Chamber – Hurricane Relief Fund

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber is committed to helping our island rebuild and we need your help. All donations will go to aid our island businesses, with the focus primarily on helping those left unemployed in the wake of the disaster.

Where can I donate to Ft Myers Beach? ›

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, and the Woman's Club of Fort Myers Beach, two 501(c)3 organizations located on Fort Myers Beach, along with Beach Talk Radio, are working together to help our residents. Your money will go DIRECTLY into the hands of someone who lives in the 33931 zip code.

Where can I donate to Fort Myers? ›

Fort Myers Nonprofits and Charities
  • THE FOUNDATION FOR LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS INC. ...
  • VetJobs - AKA Corporate America Supports You (CASY) ...
  • Childrens Advocacy Center of SW Florida Inc. ...
  • Southwest Florida Symphony. ...
  • Disabled Artists Foundation. ...
  • Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc.

How can I help in Fort Myers? ›

The Best Volunteer Organizations in Fort Myers | VolunteerMatch
  • Children's Network of SWFL. ...
  • The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command. ...
  • HIRE EXCELLENCE INC. ...
  • INTERFAITH CHARITIES OF SOUTH LEE INC. ...
  • Florida Lions Eye Clinic. ...
  • Education First Gulf Coast International Program (EF GCITL) ...
  • Children's Home Society of Florida.

Does Fort Myers spray for mosquitoes? ›

Fort Myers Pest Control has the most effective Mosquito Control Service in the area. Request a quote for seasonal, yearly, or one-time treatments!

Is Fort Myers a safe place to retire? ›

It's a Great Place to Retire

Residents aged 65-84 are the largest demographic in Fort Myers, and the city has been recognized as one of the best cities to retire in because of its amazing weather and active lifestyle opportunities!

Who will pick up furniture donations for free near Fort Myers Fl? ›

Schedule a free pick up of your gently used furniture, appliances and household goods to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Our Cape Coral Store will pick up donated items in Cape Coral, All Fort Myers Locations, Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island, Lehigh Acres and in most cases, St James City and Estero.

How do I donate clothes to Fort Myers? ›

Clothing, Electronics, Children's items, etc.
  1. Goodwill. (239) 652-1600.
  2. Salvation Army. (239) 337-0955.
  3. Kiwanis Cape Coral. (239) 542-2849.
  4. Hope Chest North Fort Myers. (239) 652-1114.
  5. St. Vincent DePaul. (239) 992-1899.

How Can I Help Hurricane Victims in Fort Myers? ›

To donate, visit healthcareswfl.org/donate. They are working quickly to provide community grief response services and details will be provided soon. Hurricane Ian Emergency Disaster Relief Fund: 100% of contributions go to help our community and Southwest Florida.

Who will pick up large furniture donations for free near me? ›

Here's a list of organizations that will pick up donations, free of charge:
  • GreenDrop.
  • Salvation Army.
  • Habitat for Humanity.
  • Goodwill.
  • Pick Up Please.
  • Furniture Bank.
  • The Arc.
  • AMVETS.

Who is picking up donations in my area? ›

These eight organizations offer donation pickups.
  • The Salvation Army. When you think about where to donate unwanted belongings, your mind might go to The Salvation Army first. ...
  • Goodwill. ...
  • AMVETS National Service Foundation. ...
  • Habitat for Humanity. ...
  • Pickup Please. ...
  • Furniture Bank Network. ...
  • PickUpMyDonation.com.
24 Jun 2022

How do I donate to hurricane Ian? ›

The Red Cross: You can donate online or text "IAN" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The group is also asking for blood donors. The Red Cross says it has helped operate shelters for those evacuating Hurricane Ian.

Where is the cheapest place to live in Ft Myers? ›

Safe, Affordable Suburbs in Fort Myers
  • Fort Myers Beach.
  • Iona.
  • McGregor.
  • Sanibel.
  • Villas.
26 Jul 2022

What is a good salary in Fort Myers Florida? ›

Most salaries in Fort Myers range between $32,035 (25th percentile) to $53,392 (75th percentile) annually. Of course, salaries will vary depending on your occupation, experience, and many other factors.

What kind of assistance can I get in Florida? ›

  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Medicaid (health coverage for people with low income), Food Assistance: To apply for these programs, call your local Children & Families Service Center. ...
  • KidCare: 1-888-540-5437. ...
  • Family Health Line: 1-800-451-2229. ...
  • Breastfeeding Helpline: 1-800-994-9662.
12 Apr 2022

What month are mosquitoes the worst in Florida? ›

The rainy season in Florida usually falls between June and October, which means more mosquitoes are being born during those months. The more sources of stagnant water there are, the more places mosquitoes can lay eggs. In southern Florida, the peak season is pretty much year-round.

What months are mosquitoes most active in Florida? ›

The mosquito season in Florida is regional. Central and northern Florida is considered subtropical, which means mosquito activity is the most active beginning in the late spring and through summer when the temperature and humidity are rising. The season generally runs from around March through September or October.

What is the nicest area in Fort Myers Florida? ›

6 Best Neighborhoods in Fort Myers, FL
  • Best Places to Live in Fort Myers.
  • Sanibel and Captiva Island.
  • Fort Myers Beach.
  • Iona.
  • McGregor.
  • Cypress Lake.
  • Pelican Preserve.
23 May 2021

Is it cheaper to live in Fort Myers or Cape Coral? ›

While Florida is a cheaper place to live than other parts of the country, Cape Coral's cost of living is higher than the state average. Compared to nearby Fort Myers real estate, housing costs are 11% more expensive.

Does goodwill take furniture florida? ›

We do accept large items like furniture if it is in excellent, sellable condition in all our stores, except at our Donation Trailers also known as the Attended Donation Center's (ADC's) or our Store Donation Centers (SDC's) as they are typically small and do not have enough space to store large furniture.

How can I donate clothes in Florida? ›

Donate in Florida

PickUpPlease.org allows you to schedule online appointments for a Florida donation pickup. It has never been so convenient to make a Florida clothing donation. Ready to make a donation to charity? Click here to schedule a free donation pickup with PickUpPlease.

Where can I donate to SWFL? ›

Make checks payable to "Conservancy of Southwest Florida" and mail to 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102.
  • Amazon Wish List. Shop for items we need on Amazon. ...
  • Give Stocks or Bonds. Please contact Sophia Navarra at 239-403-4207 or Sophian@conservancy.org.
  • Planned Giving. Add the Conservancy to your will.

How do you get rid of clothes that can't be donated? ›

What to Do With Old Clothes That Can't Be Donated
  1. Cut or tear your old clothes up and make them into rags for cleaning.
  2. Dye the fabric and turn it into something usable like a hair elastic or headband.
  3. Use the textiles as pillow stuffing.

How do I give up old clothes? ›

Tips on How to Get Rid of Clothes
  1. Sell Gently Used Clothes to a Consignment Shop.
  2. Hold a Yard Sale or Garage Sale.
  3. Donate to an Animal Shelter.
  4. Sell Online.
  5. Donate to Vietnam Veterans of America.
  6. Donate to Dress for Success.
  7. Give to a Rummage Sale.
  8. Donate to the Salvation Army.
29 Oct 2022

How do I know what clothes to give away? ›

5 Ways to Tell It's Time to Donate Your Clothes
  1. You Haven't Worn It in More than Six Months.
  2. It No Longer Fits.
  3. You Don't Have Anything to Wear It With.
  4. You Have a New Lifestyle.
  5. You Don't Plan to Repair It.

What do Hurricane Ian victims need? ›

The United Way of Florida shared a list of items needed, including tarps, zip ties, flashlights, batteries, diapers, feminine and personal hygiene products.

How do you seek shelter from a hurricane? ›

Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level during the storm. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can. Stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.

How do you get rid of couches? ›

You have a few options when it comes to old furniture pick up:
  1. Check with your city and see if they offer free pick up for large items. ...
  2. Sell or give your old furniture away for free and have the buyer pick it up from your home.
  3. Donate it to a local charity. ...
  4. Haul it yourself to the dump.

Does goodwill pick up in my area? ›

Goodwill Southern California gratefully accepts donations at more than 80 retail stores and over 40 donation centers where an attendant will happily assist you by unloading your items and providing you with a receipt for your records. We are sorry for any inconvenience; however, we do not offer pick-up service.

Where can I donate a refrigerator near me? ›

Appliance Donation Center
  • The Salvation Army. With thrift stores located throughout North America, The Salvation Army can schedule a pickup from the thrift store nearest you. ...
  • St. Vincent de Paul. ...
  • Habitat for Humanity.

What is the best charity to donate used items to? ›

Where Can I Donate General Household Goods?
  1. Goodwill. With more than 3,200 thrift stores around the country, Goodwill is one of the most popular places to donate used goods. ...
  2. Salvation Army. ...
  3. Habitat for Humanity. ...
  4. Pickup Please/ Vietnam Veterans of America. ...
  5. AMVETS National Service Foundation. ...
  6. Planet Aid. ...
  7. Animal Shelters.

Who will take free furniture near me? ›

Here is a list of organizations and charities that will pick up your donations at no cost to you:
  • The Salvation Army.
  • Habitat for Humanity.
  • Goodwill.
  • Vietnam Veterans of America.
  • The Furniture Bank Network.
  • AMVETS National Service Foundation.
  • The Arc.
  • Greendrop.

How can I donate clothes to Florida hurricane victims? ›

Financial donations can be made at the website; bring food or clothing to 13140 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

What is the best charity for disaster relief? ›

If rebuilding the resilience of families facing disaster worldwide is important to you, consider giving to one or more of these well-reputed nonprofits.
  • Direct Relief. ...
  • Doctors Without Borders. ...
  • The Red Cross. ...
  • Operation USA. ...
  • Unicef. ...
  • Americares. ...
  • Shelter Box. ...
  • Team Rubicon.

What do hurricane victims need most? ›

Supplies Needed for Cleanup After a Disaster
  • Cleaning supplies (and suggested quantities for cleaning a home):
  • Tools:
  • First aid kit:
  • Food, water, and snacks:
  • Food storage and preparation supplies:
  • Personal hygiene items:
  • Other important items to remember:

Where is the cheapest beachfront property in Florida? ›

7 Cheapest Beach Towns in Florida in 2022
  • Siesta Key.
  • Titusville.
  • Daytona Beach.
  • Fort Pierce.
  • Clearwater Beach.
  • Pensacola.

What is the cheapest place to buy a house in Florida? ›

Cheapest Places to Live in Florida in 2022
  • Jacksonville.
  • Cape Coral.
  • Gainesville.
  • Dade City.
  • Dunedin.
  • Kissimmee.
  • Bartow.
  • Homosassa Springs.
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Where is the cheapest but nicest place to live in Florida? ›

If you're searching for the most affordable places to live in florida 2022, Jacksonville may be your best choice. Their cost of living is reportedly 7% lower than the US average, with the cheapest rent in florida 2022 as well as home purchase price.

Is $22 an hour good in Florida? ›

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has published a report showing what a person needs to make per hour in the state of Florida to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment without paying more than 30% of their income. Overall, it's recommended that Floridians should earn at least $22.86 per hour.

What job gets paid the most in Florida? ›

The highest-paying job in Florida — anesthesiologists — has an annual mean wage of $363,570.

What is a decent hourly wage in Florida? ›

Hourly Salary in Florida
Annual SalaryHourly Wage
Top Earners$51,767$25
75th Percentile$36,444$18
Average$36,979$18
25th Percentile$22,777$11

What is the maximum cash assistance in Florida? ›

How much do you get for TANF in Florida? # For a family of three in Florida, the current TCA payment is $303 a month and it's limited to no more than 48 months. An exception is made in cases of severe hardship, or if a family member has a medically verifiable disability.

What is the hardship program in Florida? ›

The grant program is designed to both prevent and reduce child homelessness in the state of Florida by helping parents during a crisis situation or period of financial hardship. Your local community action agency can usually provide more information or help you apply for emergency solution grants - EFAHP.

Do you get cash assistance twice a month? ›

Cash Assistance Benefits. FA and SNA provide a cash benefit twice per month that can be used for food, utilities and housing expenses. If you are eligible for FA, you can only receive benefits for a lifetime total of five years (60 months).

How can I help hurricane Ian Cape Coral? ›

Residents needing cleanup services may register by calling the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 800-451-1954. Item Donation: Limited donations of goods are being accepted 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Ocean Church, 2016 Kismet Parkway, Cape Coral, and Ocean Church, 22100 South Tamiami Trail, Estero.

How can I help Fort McCoy refugees? ›

Organizations working to support the Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy
  1. U.S. Refugee Resettlement Agencies www.wrapsnet.org.
  2. Episcopal Migration Ministries www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal-migration-ministries.
  3. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service www.lirs.org.
  4. Church World Service www.churchworldservice.org.

How long will it take to recover from Hurricane Ian? ›

People with adequate insurance coverage and enough savings – and who qualify for FEMA grants and Small Business Administration loans – often rebuild their homes as quickly as within six months and generally within two years.

What should I donate to Hurricane Ian? ›

Red Cross volunteers working ahead of Hurricane Ian unload tractor trailers of supplies that will be heading to evacuation shelters in Florida. The supplies include cots, blankets, gloves, flashlights and clean-up kits.

How much is FEMA giving for Hurricane Ian? ›

Federal Support for Hurricane Ian Recovery Climbs Past $1.2 Billion, FEMA Provides Over $581 Million in Individual Assistance to Jumpstart Survivor Recovery | FEMA.gov.

How do I volunteer for hurricane Ian in Fort Myers? ›

You can drop off supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 17105 San Carlos Blvd. Cape Christian is in need of 150-250 volunteers per day to distribute 8,000 meals, water, supplies, and non-perishable items to victims arriving at the distribution center each day.

How can I help refugees in my area? ›

You can also help refugees by:
  1. Talk to your local MP and local council about getting involved in refugee resettlement.
  2. becoming a community sponsorship group.
  3. donating goods, services or your time locally.
  4. volunteering with an organisation supporting refugees.

How can I help immigrants in my area? ›

Other ways you can help:
  1. Learn more about helping migrants who are arriving in our communities from the border.
  2. Get email updates and action alerts.
  3. Work at NIJC.
  4. Support immigrants in detention (with Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants)
  5. Teach English as a Second Language.

How can I help settle refugees? ›

Find out all the ways you can join the IRC to support refugees in your community and around the world:
  1. Donate online. ...
  2. Donate goods. ...
  3. Speak out. ...
  4. Spread the word. ...
  5. Volunteer. ...
  6. Fundraise. ...
  7. Share refugee stories. ...
  8. Welcome a refugee.
26 Jan 2017

How long will it take Florida to rebuild after Hurricane Ian? ›

Rebuilding will take months

They're planning to rebuild, and expect it could cost as much as $80,000 and take months, at least. Vehicles and homes submerged in water in a flooded neighborhood following Hurricane Ian in Orlando, Florida, on September 30, 2022.

Where does the debris from Ian go? ›

As early as Saturday, crews will begin collecting it to move the cliffs of debris to a proper disposal site. WINK News was told the vegetative piles will be mulched up and it's likely the piles of trash will end up in a landfill. Copyright 2022 Fort Myers Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved.

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