Lee County Community Resources available to those affected by Hurricane Ian

So many have been affected by Hurricane Ian. Please find the resources below if you are in need of assitance.

  • A mobile, public fueling station opened in Lee County at the Stars Complex to provide fuel for vehicles and gas cans for generators to impacted residents.
  • Lee County School District with the assistance of Pinellas county schools is distributing grab and go lunches for students Thursday from 11-2pm at James Stephens Elementary in Fort Myers.
  • Florida Department of Emergency Management and the National Guard have established food, ice, and water points of distribution across Lee County: Coral Oaks Golf Course, Kelly Road Soccer Complex, Cape Coral Sports Complex, Cape Coral Leonard Street, North Fort Myers Rec Center, Estero High School Ballfield Park, Fleamasters Fleamarket, Veterans Park Rec Center in Lehigh Acres.
  • For two weeks starting Wednesday, October 5th, Chick-fil-A will deploy an 18-Wheeler Food Truck to Fort Myers at McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33966, serving up to 1,000 sandwiches per hour to impacted residents.
  • Verizon had deployed a Wireless Emergency Connection Centers (WECCs) to assist Floridians with wi-fi, phone batteries, and charging stations. These stations are available to help any customer of any carrier stay connected. Ft. Meyers Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL (open beginning Oct 4. 8:00am – 5:00pm)
  • T-Mobile is providing wi-fi and charging stations to assist Floridians daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fort Myers Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
  • Lee Health Convenient care is open for Urgent Care services that are not emergencies 7am-5pm everyday until further notice. 3501 Health Center Blvd. Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
  • The first step for getting recovery assistance and resources is filing a claim with your insurance company. FEMA assistance cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance. Individuals affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida can apply for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
  • Free Legal help hotline is now available for Hurricane Ian victims to connect residents to free legal services in qualifying counties who cannot afford an attorney. Residents can call (866)550-2929.
  • In response to Hurricane Ian, the Department released over $235 million in SNAP benefits to more than 773,500 households who were at risk of being impacted by Hurricane Ian – that means 1.4 million individuals received their benefits before the storm hit so they could adequately prepare their food supply.
    Visit MyFLFamilies.com/Access to learn more.
  • Lee County will open an Emergency Building and Well Repair Permitting operation post-Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Department of Community Development building in downtown Fort Myers.
  • 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.
  • Florida residents who did not evacuate but now need to leave their home can visit www.floridadisaster.org/shelter-status for open general and special needs shelters in Florida. If you do leave your home, do not leave pets or animals behind.
  • Florida residents can call the Florida State Assistance Information Line at 800-342-3557 to receive up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Ian.
  • Medically dependent residents of Florida who need electricity to operate medical equipment, transport services to evacuated due to a medical condition or need help getting medication during a disaster can register for assistance at FloridaDisaster.org/SNR.
  • If you need assistance locating a missing friend or relative call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767 and provide as much detail as you can to assist us in potentially locating your missing loved one. You can also complete a form at missing.fl.gov for yourself or with the last known location of your loved one(s). This information will help rescue workers locate you and your loved ones as quickly as possible
  • Floridians who use Veterans Affairs medical centers and clinics and need urgent care services should call 877-741-3400. Find a list of open VA centers at Find VA Locations | Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Heritage Health Emergency Pharmaceutical Refill Program is activated in Florida, call at 866-265-0124, option 1 with questions. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. Veterans needing emergency refill locations can visit va.hhspharmacy.com/locations/index.html.
  • Currently, Lee Health’s TeleHealth service is FREE for our community. Lee TeleHealth is an on-demand urgent care telehealth service that connects patients directly with a physician or advanced provider. It’s available 24/7. All you need to use Lee TeleHealth is a smartphone, tablet or a computer with a webcam. For TeleHealth service, please visit https://leetelehealth.org/landing.htm.
  • Millennium is working to open a number of offices across affected areas (a complete list is being finalized). All will see existing patients, along with welcoming walk-in patients to help alleviate stress on hospitals. Patient Contact Center is also available to schedule appointments at 844.CALL.MPG844.225.5674 
  • Households in need of damage assistance can call 1-800-451-1954. The hotline will remain open through Friday, October 28th 2022.
  • Licensing on Wheels, a service to obtain free replacement drivers licenses, ID cards, and titles is open from 8:30 am-4:30 pm daily at:
    • Lakes Regional Library, 15900 Bass Road Fort Myers
    • Port Charlotte Town Center, 1441 Tamiami Trail
    • Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway Estero
  • A Pathway to Purpose: Hope Heroes Program is a collaborative effort administered through the Department of Elder Affairs and Volunteer Florida to fulfill special needs that can’t be met through traditional means.  To get involved, call 800-96-ELDER or visit helpcreatehope.com