A Message from United Way of Lee: Hurricane Ian Resources

United Way of Lee wanted to share the following resources with those who may need them.  leegov.com/hurricane/storm and calling 2-1-1 is also a good place to get up to date information as well.

Free Food & Water: https://www.leegov.com/hurricane/storm/food-and-water

For you if you need help cleaning up call (800) 451-1954; there are groups that can help with fallen trees, drywall, flooring, appliance removal, tarping, and debris removal.

Operation Blue Roof (for tarps) 888-766-9258 or blueroof.us

Fort Myers Initial Payment Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road. The Fort Myers Initial Payment Center is part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Disaster Recovery Center, which is a one-stop-shop and collocated with more than 10 agencies to provide services to individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian. Initial Payment Centers allow policyholders to meet directly with their insurance companies to file claims and for the insurance companies to issue checks to Floridians impacted by the storm. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, insurance carriers will focus on the immediate needs of policyholders by providing resources for specific items, including living expenses. Policyholders should bring as much documentation as possible, including a driver’s license or other forms of identification, insurance cards and policy information/documentation, pictures or documentation of property being claimed as a loss resulting from Hurricane Ian and any additional insurance-related information that is readily accessible.


The city of Sanibel has expanded its policy about access to the island to include insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters must provide a state insurance adjuster license and proof of each assigned Sanibel claim to the adjuster, including the name of insured, insured’s address and claim number. This information should be emailed to andrea.miller@mysanibel.com. Upon processing the request, an email notification will be provided to the requestor, indicating either a Sanibel hurricane reentry pass is available for pickup, with proper government ID, at the temporary Sanibel City Hall, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers; or the request was rejected for specified reasons. Upon pickup of the Sanibel reentry pass, the adjuster will be authorized to travel under their own power and at their own risk to the assigned properties, so long as they have in their possession and produce upon request, their Sanibel reentry pass. If an adjuster is assigned new Sanibel claims, the adjuster must provide the same claim-related information as initially required prior to the adjuster accessing those newly assigned properties. Those notifications should also be provided via email to andrea.miller@mysanibel.com.


The Village of Estero online permitting system is operational, with emergency permitting available. Building repairs not requiring a permit include screen replacement and window or door glass replacement. Structural components of a lanai require a permit as do entire window or door frame replacements. Roof repairs, drywall replacement over 100 square feet, all structural components and fence replacements require a permit. For all work done on an emergency basis that normally requires a permit, applications should be made within 24 hours of the commencement of repairs, if possible.



A Mobile Field Hospital containing 100 beds and an emergency department located at the Edison Mall in the former Sears building is open for services. This facility will serve the general public, providing diagnosis and treatment of a variety of issues routinely seen at traditional hospitals. Residents should continue to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.


A Mobile Health Clinic is set up at Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero.  The clinic is currently open 24 hours a day providing urgent care services. Additional locations are expected to open in the coming days.


Telehealth  855-635-1393

Urgent Care at Page Field 4771 Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 7am-5pm

Mental Health 7-800-958-5990 Disaster Distress Hotline