Hurricane Irma Resources
Hurricane Irma destroyed businesses, homes, and displaced families. Now, as our community here in Collier County begins the recovery process from Hurricane Irma, we wanted to try and compile some of the most important local resources to help us as we all begin to recover. Please note, these have been compiled from multiple sites and groups. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy of information.
National web links for disaster assistance:
- Primary Care available at Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Clinic will also open Saturday and Sunday in Immokalee from 8-5 with family care, childrens care, pharmacy and behavioral care.
- Access to Behavioral health services provided at Primary Care visits at Healthcare Network locations
- Medications available at Healthcare Network Pharmacies in Immokalee and Naples, Walgreens or CVS. Florida is under a State of Emergency. This means that even if you can’t reach your provider, other pharmacies that are open are able to fill most prescriptions. If you have your prescription bottle, bring it with you to the pharmacy so they know what prescriptions you are taking and to ensure you are able to receive your prescription.
- Mental Health Services individually or group debriefing sessions offered by FSU and Healthcare Network. Contact FSU 239-658-3123.
Announcements and Information
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Hurricane
- Guía Para Los Padres Para Ayudar A Los Niños Después De Un Huracán
- Carbon Monoxide Exposure
- Mold Frequently asked questions
- Drowning Prevention: Hurricane Irma wiped out numerous layers of protection designed to prevent childhood drownings and also created numerous new water hazards. Remember to protect your children and/or neighbor's children. Secure your pool. Many pool cages and fences were destroyed by Irma. In 2004 and 2005 hurricane season people lost their pool cages/fences and many children drowned in unfenced pools.
Food & Water
- Harry Chapin -Here is the updated list of emergency mobile food pantry distributions through Saturday.
Thursday, Sept. 21
· 2 to 4 p.m.: Charleston Park Community Center, 2541 Charleston Park Dr., Alva
· 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Lee County Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres
Friday, September 22
· 10 a.m. to noon: Iglesia Cristiana, 1311 Edward Ave., Lehigh Acres
· 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: RCMA Immokalee Community School, 123 N 4th St., Immokalee
Saturday, September 23
· 10 a.m. to noon: Suncoast Community Center, 2241 Case Lane, North Ft. Myers
· 10 a.m. to noon: Max Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples
- Meals of Hope – is providing Water and Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE’s), Toiletries, Feminine Hygiene Products, Diapers at Farmer Workers Village, RCMA, Guadalupe Center, Immokalee Foundation.
- Red Cross – is sending Emergency Response Vehicles that have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily on routes to either fixed locations or to individual homes. Let Jill Palmer know of routes in need of daily meals.
- Guadalupe Social Services Soup Kitchen is open daily and serving meals.
- Redlands Christian Migrant Association continues to provide food each day.
- Federal Disaster Unemployment
- APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
Individual Disaster Assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart’s staff will help individuals affected by Hurricane Irma to complete their applications for FEMA assistance at the following locations:
Monday – September 25 Clewiston Public Library 120 W. Osceola Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday – September 26 LaBelle City Hall 481 W. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday – September 27 Immokalee Branch Library 417 North 1st Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday – September 28 Golden Gate Community Center 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34116 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday – September 29 Sweetwater City Hall 500 S.W. 109th Avenue, Sweetwater, Florida 33174 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- World Vision is providing limited Winn Dixie Cards
- RCMA taking FEMA registrations – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. English and Spanish. Assistance provided with registration.
- Fifth Third e-bus, Wednesday, Sept. 20, Noon, Guadalupe Center Parking Lot (FEMA Registration, Online Insurance Claims)
- Immokalee Library FEMA Registrations
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will be distributing disaster relief vouchers (while they last) from their Job Link Center at their Goodwill Towne Center Retail and Donation Center located at 3759 E. Tamiami Trail. People can redeem the vouchers on donated items they need at any Goodwill store in our Southwest Florida area.
The Community Foundation of Collier County, in close collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff's Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County has established the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance to Hurricane Irma victims. 100% of donations collected are distributed to victims and their families. Learn more on their website.
- Point of contact for housing – Horizon Village through Housing Authority providing Dorm-like housing for families totally displaced. Fill out a form through RCMA, preferably on Friday.
- Guadalupe opening Wednesday for registered children pre-K.
- World Vision providing Childcare Services at Bethel.
- Immokalee Library Open
- Hurricane Irma Resources for Collier County Businesses
- The Fifth Third eBus will be out and about this week to help both small businesses and individuals get signed up for FEMA. See below for this week eBus schedule. They will be at each location from 11am to 3pm. They will be assisting filling out FEMA Applications, insurance claims, small business State Emergency Bridge Loan and providing access to the internet.
-Tuesday, September 19th - Grace Place - 4300 21st Ave SW, Naples
-Wednesday, September 20th - Guadalupe Center: 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee
-Thursday, September 21st - Lee County Veterans Park Recreation Center - 55 Homestead Road South Lehigh Acres
-Friday, September 22nd - Bonita Chamber - 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive Bonita Springs
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Collier County on Sept. 22, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017. SBA representatives in the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The Center is located as indicated below and will operate until further notice. http://www.flvbeoc.org/
Naples Business Accelerator
Opens: Friday, September 22 at 9 a.m.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, survivors need to apply by the deadline.
Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to email@example.com. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted because of a storm. The assistance program is available to people who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. More informattion about program can be found at www.floridajobs.org
Under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 1974, when the President declares a disaster, FEMA, through an agreement with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, provides free legal help for survivors of that disaster through a request from the local, state, tribal or territorial governments. Disaster Legal Services (DLS) provides legal assistance to low-income individuals who, prior to or because of the disaster, are unable to secure adequate legal services to meet their disaster related needs.
DLS is provided for survivors of presidentially declared major disasters only. Disaster legal advice is limited to cases that will not produce a fee.
Cases that may generate a fee are turned over to the local lawyer referral service.
The following are types of disaster legal assistance local lawyers typically provide:
• Help with insurance claimes for doctor and hospital bill, loss of property, loss of life, etc.
• Drawing up new wills and other legal papers lost in the disaster
• Help with home repair contracts and contractors
• Advice on problems with landlords
Florida Disaster Legal Services is: 866-550-2929
The Collier County Information Hotline remains active 24-hours a day. Residents with questions may call the Hotline at (239) 252-8444 (within Collier County residents may dial 311).
Information can also be found at colliergov.net or social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/CollierGov) and Twitter (@CollierPIO).