As we all know by now, Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon as a powerful Category 4 storm, hitting the southwest coast of Florida at Cayo Costa near Fort Myers and Cape Coral. This devastating storm has caused loss of life, left 2.5 million Floridians without power and countless communities under water. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected. As a business community we are uniting to ensure we can get Floridians and Florida communities and businesses through this and eventually back on their feet.
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, Florida’s business community always stands ready to support one another. Thank you to all of our members who are on the front lines as well as those in communities not directly impacted who are helping other Florida communities when it is needed most.
We have been in touch with several local Chambers of Commerce and Chamber members and the damage is severe and the needs are great. Below are resources for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian as well as ways to help either by donating funds or volunteering in the communities in need.
1. Take the FDOE Business Damage Assessment Survey HERE>
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have activated a Business Damage Assessment Survey to learn more about how Hurricane Ian is impacting local Florida businesses. If you have been impacted, please take the survey HERE> as it will help state officials with understanding the recovery resources needed for those communities.
2. Donate to the Florida Disaster Fund to Help with Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts HERE>
If you or your business is interested in making a donation to the Florida Disaster Fund – the State’s official private fund that assists Florida communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster, please click HERE>. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible.
The Florida Chamber is in touch with major organizations seeking to help and we are in touch with the Governor’s Office as well as Volunteer Florida. In the next week, we will host a national and statewide call to provide an update and share new information on support needed.
3. Hurricane Ian Volunteer Opportunities HERE>
As Florida communities recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian, we have heard from many members who want to help and get their companies and employees involved in recovery efforts. Volunteer Florida has a variety of opportunities via its Volunteer Connect platform. If you are interested in learning more, click HERE>
We are all in this together and want to thank you in advance for your interest in helping us secure Florida’s future.