Sanibel Real Estate Blog: AFTER Irma: Give help, get help

Sanibel was spared with the recent hurricane. Some trees down, some pool cages, older roofs may be leaking, and it was days until the residents had power but overall, Sanibel did ok.

If you are in area that is needing help or if you have resources or time to help, check out the following list put together by our local Sanibel real estate board.

  • Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund – This is Realtors helping Realtors and others in the Realtor family – including real estate brokerage employees, associations and staff – who need assistance. The Fund accepts donations from anyone who wants to help.
  • Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund – to donate
  • Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund – to apply for help
  • Florida Disaster Fund supports local service organizations that help individuals in their communities with disaster response and recovery efforts – Click to donate or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. NOTE: Individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Realtors® Relief Foundation – to donate
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers federal disaster assistance: To call, (800) 621-FEMA (3362); TTY (800) 462-7585; more info, www.fema.gov
  • Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC): To find a center near you to go to for guidance, use the DRC Locator or text DRC and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362).
  • Small Business Administration (SB) offers low-interest disaster assistance loans and business help
  • American Red Cross: (800) HELP-NOW
  • Salvation Army: (800) SAL-ARMY
  • Florida’s free Insurance Consumer Helpline for insurance questions about policies: (877) 693-5236
  • Florida Chief Financial Officer’s webpage to assist consumers with filing claims
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program offers assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to Irma. More info or to file for DUA or call 1-800-385-3920
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides support to businesses that suffered economic or physical damage from Hurricane Irma. The application period expires Oct. 31, 2017.
  • Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center offers a business damage assessment surveying tool for businesses to report damages from Hurricane Irma.
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Call Center: (800) 621-3362 (option 2); email, complete a “Request for Support” form and send to FEMA-NFIP-Support@fema.dhs.gov
  • A legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1 (866) 550-2929

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