11/17/2022 10:55:00 AM Hurricane Ian Relief Resources
Disaster Recovery Centers In-person disaster recovery assistance is still available at two area locations. The Shannon Staub Library, 4675 Career Lane in North Port, is open daily 9am to 6pm. Tringali Recreation Center, 3450 N. Access Road, is open 8am to 7pm daily.
Business Recovery Center
The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened a Business Recovery Center at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue S., Room E. The center will assist individuals with their SBA disaster loan applications. The operating hours will be from 9am to 6pm Monday through Sunday. You can also apply for SBA disaster loans at the FEMA Recovery Center located at Tringali Recreation Center, 3460 N. Access Road. It is also open seven days a week.
Federal Disaster Assistance
Homeowners and renters who had uninsured losses from Hurricane Ian may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. FEMA may provide financial help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs, vehicle replacement, and other essential disaster-related needs. You can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov; download the FEMA app for mobile devices; or call FEMA toll-free 800•621•3362 from 7am to 11pm. You can also apply in person at Tringali Recreation Center, 3450 N. Access Road, daily from 8am to 7pm. The last day to apply is Monday, November 28th.
Salvaging Family Treasures Tips
Survivors of Hurricane Ian can learn how to salvage storm-damaged household treasures from preservation specialists visiting six Disaster Recovery Centers. Among the heirlooms that might be saved are photos, artwork, quilts, important documents, and other irreplaceable mementos. Specialists trained by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force will provide advice and show survivors how to handle, dry, and clean their damaged items on their own. HENTF experts will be available to assist survivors at Tringali Park Recreation Center, 3450 North Access Road, from 9am to 5pm, through Sunday, November 20th. If you don’t want to wait for the demonstrations or cannot attend, guidance and resources are available at www.fema.gov/disaster/recover/save-family-treasures.
Storm Debris Pickup Status
Charlotte County has created a storm debris webpage that provides real-time progress of debris collection, including an interactive map showing where debris collection is and has taken place. Also included is a zone map showing the zones where pickup is active, upcoming and where the initial pass has been completed. To view the webpage and maps, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/debris.
Storm Debris Drop-off Sites
In Charlotte County, storm debris can be dropped off in Englewood daily from 8am to 5pm at the Placida West Boat Ramp, 12560 Placida Road, and the West Charlotte Mini-Transfer & Recycling Facility, 7070 Environmental Way. In Sarasota County, the nearest drop-off site is the Jackson Road Transfer Station, 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice (until November 21st).
Been Denied by FEMA?
Have you been denied by FEMA? Here is some advice on how to appeal FEMA’s decision. An appeal should be filed in the form of a signed letter within 60 days of the date on the determination letter. In the appeal, explain why you disagree with the decision. Be sure to include the following: applicant’s full name, current address, and damaged dwelling address; applicant’s nine-digit FEMA application number (found at the top of the determination letter); FEMA disaster declaration number; and applicant’s signature and date. Mail the appeal letter to: FEMA Individuals & Households Program, National Processing Service Center, PO Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Appeal letters and supporting documentation can also be uploaded to your account on www.disasterassistance.gov or by fax to 800•827•8112.
Mental Health Resiliency Tools
The Family Support Line connects families who were impacted by Hurricane Ian with individuals who were impacted and recovered from Hurricane Michael. Individuals who would like to talk with a Family Support Peer can call 888•850•SWFL. The Department of Health and the Department of Children & Families have also partnered with BetterHelp to provide three months of free online therapy to those impacted by Hurricane Ian. To access these free services, Floridians can visit betterhelp.com/voucher and use code HurricaneIan.