Hometown's teams are on the ground in all impacted communities and are working to assess the situation as quickly and safely as possible. As always, if you have a life threatening emergency, or are concerned about the safety of another member of the community, please call your first responders who are best equipped to manage the situation.
We do not have information on individual residents at this time. We encourage you to call the local police non-emergency line to request a health check if you are concerned about a loved one.
Individual communities have been receiving updates on the status of power, water and the safety of accessing the community. We are updating community Facebook pages as more information becomes available.
Our team is exploring all options to get needed supplies, particularly water, ice and food, to residents in need and will continue to share this information as we receive it. Below is information on local food banks, shelters and other resources available to impacted residents.
Feeding Florida – Food Bank Locations
The below is a list of open red cross shelters where residents can go if they are unable to remain at their homes. Food and Water should be available at the shelters. The full list is provided through this link: https://maps.redcross.org/website/maps/ARC_Shelters.html
- Hillsboro County Shelters: Sargent Smith Middle School, 1430 Citrus Pointe Dr., Tampa, FL 33625
- Manatee County Shelters: Miller Elementary School, 6014 3rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34210; Lee Middle School, 4000 53rd Ave., West Bradenton, FL 34210
- Lee County Shelters: Dunbar High School – Allows Pets, 3800 Edison Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33916; Tortuga Preserve Elementry – Allows Pets, 1711 Gunnery Rd N, Lehigh, FL 33971
- Collier County Shelters: Palmetto Ridge High School – Allows Pets & Special Needs, 1655 Victory Lane, Naples, FL 34120; Gulf Coast High School, 7878 Shark Way, Naples, FL 34119
Resources and Assistance
Florida residents can call the Florida State Assistance Information Line at 800-342-3557 to receive up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Ian.
For general information and resources related to the Storm, please visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/info/
Florida Power Outage Map and Information:
Facebook pages for county government groups providing updates and information:
FEMA: visit - https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ian - for information and resources available for Florida residents affected by the storm. The page will be available in Creole, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
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 https://www.FloridaDisaster.org/SNR
FL Department of Children & Families: The Department of Children and Families is releasing food assistance benefits earlier than scheduled to Floridians that may be impacted by Hurricane Ian. This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds. There is no need to apply for the early release; eligible recipients will have the benefits automatically added to their EBT card. Check back here for additional updates. If you were scheduled to receive benefits between October 1st through October 14th, your benefits are now being uploaded to your EBT card. If you are scheduled to receive your benefits between October 15th through October 28th, they will be issued at the regular scheduled time. https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access/
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. You can also register other members of your household and your pets on Shelter in Place Survey to help local first responders locate you:
Federal Disaster Assistance: impacted people who live in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Seminole counties can apply for federal assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or by using the FEMA App. Survivors using a relay service, such as a video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, can give the FEMA operator the number for that service. You can apply for assistance online at https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220929/how-apply-fema-assistance-after-hurricane-ian
Homeowners with flood insurance who experienced damage or loss should report the loss immediately to their insurance agent or carrier. Be sure to ask them about advance payments. Need help finding your insurance agent or carrier? Call 877-336-2627. To learn more about how to start your flood insurance claim, visit Floodsmart.gov.
Small Business Administration disaster loans are available to businesses, homeowners, renters and nonprofit organizations in Florida counties approved for individual assistance. Applicants may apply at www.disasterloanassistance.sba.gov under declaration #17644. For help, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
Mental health resources: survivors experiencing emotional distress can call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. 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: https://vibrant.aslnow.io/app/8/10004
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has free reunification assistance for children and families impacted by disasters. If you or someone you know is missing a child related to a disaster or any other incident, please immediately call 911 and then 800-THE-LOST for assistance