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For storm-related information, call the Charlotte County Call Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at 941-833-4000 or 941-743-1320 Charlotte County Human Services:  www.charlottecountyfl.gov
Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management’s recovery information at www.charlottecountyfl.gov/em, www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty, and www.twitter.com/ccoem.


-----American Red Cross:  1-800-733-2762

-----Donate:  www.FloridaDisasterFund.org

-----Economic Development Office Launches Ian Outreach to Businesses  – Charlotte County Economic Development Office has launched a post-Hurricane Ian outreach effort to contact business owners to determine their needs.  “Just like homeowners, commercial property owners and businesspeople are facing a range of challenges due to Hurricane Ian,” said EDO Director Dave Gammon. “We want to talk to them, gauge their needs, and try to connect them with resources to help them recover.”  Business owners can contact the EDO at 941-764-4941 to learn about immediate assistance programs offered in Charlotte County.  Read or download the Charlotte County Business Recovery Guide created by the EDO.  It contains 25+/- pages full of programs available to assist you, your business and your employees as we recover from Hurricane Ian.

-----FEMA Extends Individual Assistance Registration Deadline to Jan. 12:  Apply for assistance www.fema.org  or 1-800-621-3362 Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Disaster survivors who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) may call 800-621-3362.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline to apply for individual assistance until Jan. 12, 2023.  Apply for FEMA disaster assistance:

  • online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • using the FEMA App for mobile devices
  • call FEMA toll-free 800-621-3362, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Help is available in many languages.

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Tringali Park recreation center in Englewood will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27.
Regular operating hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Sat; closed Sunday. Agencies available at this location include:

  • FEMA
  • Florida Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • UNITE Florida
  • Florida Dept. of Children and Families
  • Department of Financial Services
  • Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities

-----The FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a disaster recovery center at the former Cultural Center of Charlotte County site, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. The center is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

  • FEMA
  • SBA - personal and business disaster loan application and follow-up
  • SBDC - disaster loan assistance

 

-----Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate (850) 413-5923 MyFloridaCFO.com/division/ica/

-----Our November Third Wednesday Coffee program was presented by Carrie Walsh, Charlotte County Human Services Director.  She provided a copy of her PowerPoint information on the RESPONSE to RECOVERY Hurricane Ian posted here: Chamber of Commerce-Hurricane Ian Recovery November 2022 additionally, Teuheeda Mateen, Public Affairs Specialist from the Office of Disaster Assistance Field Operations Center East (FOCE) U.S. Small Business Administration provided information about SBA Disaster Assistance Program Summary via PowerPoint.  View her presentation from this link:  SBA Disaster Assistance Program Summary  Remember, there is a November 28 deadline.

-----America's SBDC Florida 11/28 & 11/29 Appointment only (239) 745-3700 - Mobile office in the Promenades Mall (behind McDonalds) 3320 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

-----SBA Federal Disaster Loan Assistance Available to Businesses and Residents of FL affected by Hurricane Ian on September 28 - Availability and features of low-interest disaster assistance loans: These long-term, low interest rate loans help survivors rebuild, get back to business, and make property improvements that eliminate future damage.  SBA is a disaster survivor’s long-term federal recovery partner. The loans enable people to repair, rebuild or replace their damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  We can help with uninsured and underinsured losses, along with insurance deductibles, gap insurance, debris removal, fences, mitigation, storm shutters, house-raising, many things for which insurance does not normally provide protection.  There is no need to wait for settled insurance claims, potential FEMA grants or contractor estimates before applying. We encourage survivors to apply as soon as possible—and there is no obligation if they change their minds later.  It’s important to know that low-interest federal disaster loans are for HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS, plus businesses of all sizes, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by the storms. All can apply for their uncompensated losses – i.e., their insurance wasn’t enough to complete their repairs, or they didn’t have insurance.   Attached, please find the SBA documents for this disaster (2022 11 3 -FOCE Press Release, FL 17644 Fact Sheet 2022_11_10, and 3-Step Process Trifold) that provides further details of the SBA loans available for those who experienced losses from Hurricane Ian.  Applicants may apply ONLINE, under SBA declaration # 17644, using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s. Applicants may also apply IN PERSON at the following Disaster Recovery Centers:  TRINGALI REC. CENTER: 3450 N Access Road, Englewood, FL 34224 Hours -8:00 am-7:00pm, Sun-Sat. SBA Press Release_12 Month Deferment and 0_ Interest 12-5-22 on New Loans.


-----County Partners With State for Private and Commercial Debris Removal -
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2022) — The Charlotte County Commission has reached an agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to collect Hurricane Ian debris on private and commercial property. FDEM is now accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who would like assistance with the assessment and removal of qualifying debris, including vehicles.  To apply, visit www.IanDebrisCleanup.com or call 850-961-2002. For information, call the Hurricane Ian Debris hotline 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends or email IanDebrisCleanup@em.myflorida.com.  For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Call Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at 941-833-4000 or 941-743-1320.

-----Our new Business Recovery Center is now open and located in Port Charlotte at 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte (the Cultural Center Location)  Our disaster specialists are working alongside SBA representatives at Business Recovery Centers to provide on-site support with loans and other post-disaster challenges. ·    The Florida SBDC Network stands ready to help your small business recover. For information about disaster assistance available and how the Florida SBDC Network can help you, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org/disaster.     PTAC - Florida Hurricane and Disaster Recovery Resources      Emergency Bridge Loan Information   Disaster Loan Fact Sheet
Deadline for SBA Physical Disaster Loan is November 28th.  Deadline for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan is December 2nd.  

-----Fraud:  Anyone who believes a representative or work crew is fraudulent and misrepresenting the government should contact local law enforcement.  To report scams, fraud, and identity-theft contact FEMA’s toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.  You may also call the Florida Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division Fraud Hotline at 1-866-966-7226 or contact local law enforcement agencies.

-----Verify the license of any prospective contractor by visiting MyFloridaLicense.com, or downloading the DBPR mobile app on iTunes and GooglePlay

-----Volunteer:  www.VolunteerFlorida.org/volunteerconnect  Contractors or Professionals willing to volunteer please register at www.VolunteerFlorida.org/volunteerconnect

-----US Army Corps of Engineers Blue Roof Program Contractors: There are three ways to ensure homeowner signs up for a blue roof with USACE. First is by visiting Blueroof.us, second is to call 888-ROOF-BLU, and third, is to visit one of our many Rights of Entry sign-up locations. Those are listed on the web at: www.blueroof.us/  When our contractors arrive at a property, they will have a work order which includes the homeowner's name, address, and most importantly, a 16-digit right-of-entry number. The BLU-ROOF program is over.

-----BUSINESS RESOURCES

  • To scale up recovery efforts, recovery teams will be hiring many local individuals. Find more details at DisasterRecovery.EmployFlorida.com/
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is updating FloridaDisaster.biz with real-time information for business owners, their families, and employees for Hurricane Ian.
  • DEO and the Division of Emergency Management have activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to gather information about how Hurricane Ian is impacting local businesses. This survey will assess and inform recovery resources needed in impacted communities. Take the Survey at FloridaDisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments.
  • The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated to assist small businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian with short-term, zero-interest loans to meet the businesses’ immediate financial needs and “bridge the gap” until longer term funding sources become available. Small businesses in the most impacted counties will be escalated and prioritized as they are received. Visit FloridaJobs.org/EBL to learn more.  Also Florida Small Business Development Center:  Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans, U.S. SBA Business Physical Disaster Loans, U.S. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Need Assistance? - Florida SBDC Network
  • Enterprise Florida activated its Disaster Assistance page with a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
  • CareerSource Florida is working with DEO to support recovery efforts and help connect affected residents with temporary employment and other recovery assistance. All career centers are open statewide except CareerSource Southwest Florida’s centers in Port Charlotte. To find your local career center, visit Find Your Local Team or Career Center Directory.

-----SHIP -State Housing Initiative Partnership - may have recovery assistance available to help with temporary relocation, rental assistance, debis removal and/or home repairs.  FloridaHousing.org  Charlotte County SHIP Colleen Turner 941-733-6500