Please contact us via email or the form below if you have immediate needs.
View the Current list of damage reports/closure information. (Note this is a living document and changes are continuous)
Library Damage/Closure Report Form
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) regarding Applicant Briefing
- Applicant Briefings (ABs) will continue to run at least until the end of October. See the attached schedule to register. The schedule and registration links also appears on https://www.floridadisaster.org/info/; scroll down to the Public Assistance heading.
- The AB schedule will remain the same: 9AM and 2PM daily.
- The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline has been extended to December 2, 2022.
- With this date in mind, be sure to attend an Applicant Briefing to learn about the Public Assistance process.
- For more information, visit https://floridapa.org/.
Hurricane Ian Help & Donations
How you can help southwest Florida by donating or volunteering?
GulfShore Life has a list of local organizations.
FLA’s Hurricane Ian Relief Fund
Hurricane Ian Discussion
View the Hurricane Ian Discussion.
The discussion highlighted the current status of libraries after Hurricane Ian.
Guests from the panhandle brought their experiences from past storms and answered questions.
- Robin Shader, Library Director, Northwest Regional Library System
- Vicky Stever, Coordinator, Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative
- Mary Balint, Administrator, Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System
- Renae Rountree, Library Director, Washington County Public Library
Resources for Residents
FEMA For help with your application or to apply by phone for FEMA assistance, call:
1-800-621-3362 (711 available)
FloridaLawHelp.org free forms, including a disaster relief category
ITDRC Teams are working to provide WiFi hotspots and charging stations to those affected.
File A Flood Claim – Information on each step in the process.
Report a Missing Person – This site is for reporting that someone is missing.
Florida’s priority is to locate and rescue survivors of Hurricane Ian. Local, state, and national search and rescue teams are working quickly to get to those in need.
Division of Consumer Affairs Hurricane Ian Resources
Beware of Fraud and Scams
Protect your identity and stay informed by doing these easy things:
- DHS, FEMA, SBA, and other federal agencies will never charge you for disaster assistance.
- Always ask to see I.D. FEMA personnel will always have an official identification badge.
- Do not offer any personal information unless you are speaking with a verified FEMA representative.
- Stay tuned to trusted local media for updates from your local officials on disaster fraud and scams.
- Check with local law enforcement to ensure your identity is protected.
- Collier County 311 – Non-Emergency Storm Help and Information
- Lee County 311 – Non-Emergency Storm Help and Information
Resources for Libraries
- Disaster Recover Assistance
- American Institute of Conservation – Emergency Help
- Disaster Preparedness Clearinghouse from ALA –
- What To Do When Your Collection Gets Wet – Library of Congress step-by-step guide
- Lyrasis Disaster Assistance
- Contact LYRASIS Preservation Services at 614.439.1796. Preservation Services staff is available to provide advice on salvaging collections or connect you to additional resources 24/7. This service is free of charge.