Though the Blue Fox Den is virtual, Florida is our home state. Southwest Florida (SWFL) in particular holds a special place in our hearts - it’s where we got our start, served our first clients, and hired our first team members. The devastation we see from Hurricane Ian's destructive path is hard to process. The effects are unbelievably tragic, and it will be a long road back to anything remotely normal in Southwest Florida.
We stand with our team and our community to do whatever we can to help.
If you are looking for ways to aid recovery efforts, please see the list below that includes organizations that are making a direct impact in SWFL (the boots on the ground). If you have time, talent, or treasure to contribute, please do!
We’ve also included some resources to help those affected stay connected and updated
How to Support, Give, and Connect
Statewide & General Relief
Southwest Florida (Boots On the Ground)
Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service. This organization has compiled a variety of opportunities through its Volunteer Connect platform. Click here to find ways to volunteer and assist those in need from the devastation of Hurricane Ian.
Hurricane Ian Direct Impact Assistance
If you were directly affected by Hurricane Ian, this section is for you.
Thousands of FEMA and federal personnel are working alongside Florida National Guard and other state response and emergency managers to support recovery from Ian. Here is more information on how FEMA continues to respond to Hurricane Ian.
Apply for Disaster Assistance
If you have been affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida, apply for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
Call the FL SAIL - State Assistance Information Line - for up-to-date information on state assistance at 800-342-3557.
Small Business Administration Disaster Support for Businesses in Affected Areas | disasterloanassistance.sba.gov
Disaster Distress Hotline
Mental health resources are available. Survivors experiencing emotional distress can call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990. The national hotline provides free 24/7, crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing ASL callers can use a videophone or ASL Now.
State and federal officials have made it easier for storm victims to apply for unemployment aid. Work search reporting, waiting week and registration requirements for Reemployment Assistance claims have been temporarily waived in the counties declared disasters.
Updates & Information
Stay up-to-date on announcements by accessing government and public safety organizations at the county and state levels (this list may not be exhaustive):
Brevard | brevardfl.gov
Charlotte | charlottecountyfl.gov
Collier | colliercountyfl.gov
Duval | coj.net
Flagler | flaglercounty.gov
Hillsborough | hillsboroughcounty.org
Lake | lakecountyfl.gov
Lee | leegov.com
Manatee | manatee.hosted.civiclive.com
Monroe | monroecounty-fl.gov
Nassau | nassaucountyfl.com
Orange | orangecountyfl.net
Osceola | osceola.org
Pasco | pascocountyfl.net
Pinellas | pinellascounty.org
Polk | polk-county.net
Sarasota | scgov.net
St. Johns | co.st-johns.fl.us
Seminole | seminolecountyfl.gov
Sumter | sumtercountyfl.gov
Volusia | volusia.org
Official Florida State Website | myflorida.com
Florida Division of Emergency Management | floridadisaster.org
State of Florida Power Outages | floridadisaster.maps.arcgis.com
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