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Thank you to all LSF employees who contributed toward our Hurricane Ian relief funds (you still can if you haven’t! www.LSFnet.org/Ian) . Our Phase 1 support in the form of gift cards to employees who were affected by the hurricane ended effective Oct 4th. We had over 450 people request support – an amount much greater than we anticipated and which far exceeded the support we gave with Hurricane Irma. We sincerely hope that the small grants helped those directly impacted by the hurricane to begin the recovery process.
We know that there are some employees who experienced significant damage or have had significant impact as a direct result of Hurricane Ian – especially people who were in the direct path of the storms and tornados. We are in the process of raising funds to be in a position to provide a bit more support for those most affected. We hope to be able to give slightly larger grants ($500-$1,000) to those who complete the application, submit the required materials, and are approved by the committee. The number of people we will be able to support will depend on the funding available. We anticipate making the application for support available to people during the week of October 17th.
The SBA Disaster Loan assistance may be available those impacted by Hurricane Ian who meet the requirements .
Fort Myers residents in need of medical care will now have access to doctors, prescription meds and/or counseling.
Crisis Clean-up can assist with damage clean-up from the hurricane. You can call their hotline at 1 (800) 451-1954.
The single biggest action you can take to help LSF employees is to donate. 100% of funds received will go directly to assisting LSF Employees who have experienced hardship from this devastating hurricane. Please consider donating – any amount helps! DONATE NOW
There is currently a blood shortage, and the Red Cross is asking anyone willing to donate blood to help the victims of Hurricane Ian .
Visit floridadisaster.org for information on:
A list of open shelters can be found here .
Updated road closures can be found here .
STEP 1: Take photos of your damaged home and belongings.
STEP 2: Make a list of damaged/lost items.
MAKE A LIST
STEP 3: Save yourself time. If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, continue to Step Four.
FILE WITH INSURANCE
STEP 4: You may apply for the Individuals and Households Program or check your application status at DisasterAssistance.gov. You may also access FEMA via a smartphone by downloading the application from our website or through your mobile provider’s application store.
APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE
By law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance or other benefits. However, FEMA may be able to assist with uninsured or underinsured losses in the following cases:
The following counties have been declared a disaster area from Hurricane Ian which means businesses and primary residences located in these counties may be eligible for Disaster Loan Assistance:
SBA Disaster Assistance – https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/
The SBA provides the following disaster assistance loans:
Required Information to Complete the Application
After a Presidential disaster declaration, you must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To obtain a registration number, call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov .
The following information is required to complete the SBA online application:
Businesses that are denied SBA Disaster Assistance Loans may still be eligible for additional FEMA grant assistance to meet disaster related needs. Additionally, the SBA recommends businesses do not wait for insurance settlements before filing loan applications. The loan amount, balance, and eligibility will be adjusted if insurance funds are received.
FEMA Disaster Assistance
Currently, Individuals and Families may apply for federal disaster relief through FEMA’s Individuals & Households Program. Funds for temporary housing, repair or replacement of owner-occupied homes, repair or replacement of personal property and vehicles, and funds to mitigate future losses. Private nonprofit can apply for FEMA grants as well. See Details below.
Applying for assistance:
Before you apply for assistance, below are the steps you need to take to start your recovery process:
Step One: Take photos of your damaged home and belongings.
Step Two: Make a list of damaged/lost items.
Step Three: Save yourself time. If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, continue to Step Four.
Step Four: Now that you’re ready to apply now for disaster assistance or you would like more information on the types of assistance available, please utilize one of the following methods.
You may apply for the Individuals and Households Program or check your application status at DisasterAssistance.gov. You may also access FEMA via a smartphone by downloading the application from our website or through your mobile provider’s application store.
You may call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 to apply for assistance or check your application status.
If you use a video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA the specific number assigned for that service.
Private non-profits and public entities can apply for FEMA grants post-disaster (https://grantee.fema.gov/EventOpenRequestPeriod)
Private non-profit organizations applying for assistance should be prepared to provide the following when submitting their Request for Public Assistance:
In the midst of Hurricane Ian’s widespread wreckage and power outages – Fort Myers residents in need of medical care will now have access to doctors, prescription meds and/or counseling. It’s all happening on board a state-of-art, completely mobile healthcare clinic provided by Pinellas County based business, Walk On Clinic, Inc. With off -the-grid power capabilities and Starlink Satellite internet service – the mobile clinics offer all the conveniences of a brick-and-mortar doctor’s office, with the ability to travel anywhere at any time.
The Florida company has partnered with the non-profit organization Lutheran Services Florida, Gotham Pharmacies and Affordable Care Clinics to provide the general public with convenient access to medical services starting Sunday, October 2nd at 12pm.
Volunteer organizations handle, at no charge, services such as tarping, mold mitigation, cutting downed trees, and drywall, flooring and appliance removal. Services are free, but not guaranteed due to demand. Requests can be made post-storm at 800-451-1954.