Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz shares Hurricane Ian resources as well as help with insurance claims for hurricane property damage.
Here are a few Hurricane Ian resources available to help our community recover.
We are heartbroken by the devastation and hardship caused by Hurricane Ian to the community, our staff and our clients. However, we know through 60 years of service that Southwest Florida is a community that supports one another. We share sadness with all who have been impacted but remain resolved to stand with our community to come back strong.
General Hurricane Ian Resources
Disaster victims can obtain additional information and apply for disaster assistance through FEMA in several ways. A toll-free number has been established by FEMA for disaster victims to apply for certain types of disaster programs and obtain information about others.
Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721.
- State Disaster Recovery Center
A collaboration with more than 10 agencies, including FEMA, it is designed to provide a one-stop shop for individuals and businesses looking for disaster help. In addition, mental health professionals can offer counseling and support, and five SpaceX Starlinks are in place to provide internet and cellular access.
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Port Charlotte Town Center
1441 Tamiami Trail
Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Additional Disaster Recovery Centers will be opening in the coming days and other areas. Locations will be updated at floridadisaster.org.
- Internal Revenue Service has a disaster relief page with additional details on returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.
Hurricane Ian Resources for Businesses
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
The Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
- Enterprise Florida
For businesses affected by Hurricane Ian, Enterprise Florida has provided a Disaster Assistance Resources Page with state and federal resources available for businesses.
Hurricane Ian Resources for Homeowners
Allows people with roof damage in Lee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Collier Counties to apply for a roof tarp to be provided and installed to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. The service is free to homeowners.
- Crisis Cleanup
For assistance with damage from Hurricane Ian, call 800-451-1954 to ask for help. Crisis Cleanup connects residents with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups and faith communities who may be able to assist with:
- Cutting fallen trees
- Drywall, flooring and appliance removal due to flooding
- Tarping roofs
- Mold mitigation
Services are free, but not guaranteed due to overwhelming need. The hotline will remain open until Oct. 28, 2022
- Housing Assistance
If your family has been displaced, visit FloridaHousingSearch.org. This free, statewide search platform is updated to ensure all listings are accurate and can help you quickly locate an affordable rental property. If you do not have Internet access, you may also call the following toll-free number for assistance in conducting a search: 1-877-428-8844.
Hurricane Ian Insurance Claim Help
As our community recovers, we are here to help with property insurance claims and helping clients fight insurance companies who deny claims for hurricane repairs. Richard L. Purtz or Chris Smith, managing partners, emphasize personal injury, wrongful death and insurance claims litigation. Purtz was an insurance adjustor before becoming a lawyer. Click here for a free consultation.