Hurricane IAN Resource Guide

The UCF Center for Community Schools is a statewide Technical Assistance Center serving schools across the state. We are sensitive to our current challenges in Florida and our team is dedicated to providing streamlined support to those most impacted by Hurricane Ian. We are also aware of many communities across the state and nation looking to support students, families, teachers and staff. We put together this resource guide to assist everyone, from those in need to those wishing to give. Please use this guide as needed and feel free to share with your network.

General Recovery Assistance

FEMA - Hurricane Ian & Assistance Information

Florida Disaster
The Florida Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters.  These range from floods and hurricanes to incidents involving hazardous materials or nuclear power. The division prepares and implements a statewide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and routinely conducts extensive exercises to test state and county emergency response capabilities.

Florida Policy Institute - Hurricane Ian Response: Safety Net Policy Tracker

EPA - Recovering After a Hurricane

Heart of Florida United Way - Resources 

Salvation Army of Florida Disaster Relief
Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Immediate Emergency Response, Emotional and Spiritual Care, Monetary Donations

Emotional Support/Counseling

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Support
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
If you are experiencing urgent thoughts of suicide, call or text:
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text the Crisis Text Line (741741)

SMA Healthcare (Marion county)
24-hour and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those in suicidal crisis who are seeking help.
Emergency: 911
Hotline: 800-539-4228

Miami / Jewish Community Services of South Florida
211 Switchboard
24-hour and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those in suicidal crisis who are seeking help.
Emergency: 911
305-576-6550
TTY: 786-709-9431

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
When Disaster Unemployment Assistance is activated, the agency will provide disaster information. This assistance provides weekly benefit payments to those out of work due to the disaster, including self-employed persons, farm and ranch owners, and others not covered under regular unemployment insurance programs.
Benefits/Claims: 800-204-2418
Main: 850-245-7105

Essential Needs

ACCESS Florida Information Line

Florida Department of Children and Families
Information and application assistance in filing for food stamps, temporary cash assistance and Medicaid.
866-762-2237
Customer Call Center:
850-300-4323
TTY: 800-955-8771

Florida Department of Health - Florida WIC Program
Nutrition evaluation and monthly vouchers to receive free supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, cheese, milk, eggs, peanut butter and dried beans.
800-342-3556

FEEDING FLORIDA
This website refers applicants to all food banks in the State of Florida
211
855-352-3663

Catholic Charities of Central Florida
Catholic Charities provides referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
211
888-658-2828
407-658-1818

All Faiths Food Bank
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
941-379-6333

America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
813-254-1190

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
850-562-3033

Bread of the Mighty
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
352-336-0839

Bay Area Food Bank - Panhandle
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
Main: 251-653-1617
Panhandle: 850-626-1332

Feeding South Florida
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
Broward: 954-518-1818
Palm Beach: 561-331-5441

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
239-334-7007

Feeding Northeast Florida
Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.
904-513-1333

Family & Protective Services

Florida Abuse Hotline
Online reporting tool is available to professionally mandated reporters, as well as the general public, as an additional avenue to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults. The online reporting tool is in addition to the existing toll-free line.
Emergency: 911
800-962-2873
TTY: 800-955-8771

Financial Assistance

Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families in need achieve self-sufficiency.
Call Center: 850-300-4323
TTY: 800-955-8771

Healthcare Services

Florida Kidcare - CHIPS Program
Information and application assistance in applying for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIPS) which provides free or low-cost medical insurance for children.
888-540-5437
TTY: 800-955-8771

Housing

Florida Social Serve.com - Housing Resource Helpline
Socialserve.com is a non-profit organization that assist tenants and agencies in finding affordable housing for callers free of charge. Using a toll-free number, callers work with trained, bilingual call center specialists to find affordable housing.
877-428-8844

US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Guidance

Birth Certificates, Driver Licenses and Other Vital Statistic Documents

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles
Replacement driver licenses, auto registrations, and title services.
850-617-2000

Florida Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics
Replacement birth/death/marriage certificates and other vital document services.
904-359-6900

News Features Offering Guidance

Managing the traumatic stress of a hurricane and its aftermath

9 ways to take care of your mental health after Hurricane Ian

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster and Other Traumatic Events

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida (And How to Avoid Charity Scams) 

How to help Florida victims of Hurricane Ian (Orlando Sentinel)

Tips for talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress 

WAYS TO GIVE

United Way of Lee, Glades, and Hendry
SWFL Emergency Relief Fund
100% of funds support SWFL nonprofits helping the southwest Florida community hardest hit by Hurricane Ian. Physical Drop Off Location: Call the 211 Storm Hotline at 239-433-3900 to find out where to drop off tangible donations.

Additional United Way Counties
Donate to other specific counties also deeply impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Other Organizations

American Red Cross

Catholic Charities Venice: Lee, Collier, Sarasota, Desoto Counties

Children’s Home Society of Florida

Florida Disaster Fund

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc.

 

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