Published On: October 12, 20222.8 min readCategories: Education, Senior Safety
Hurricane Ian - Fort Myers

Natural disasters are inevitable, and the damage they cause can be unpredictable. Seniors are the most vulnerable to the aftermath due to potential issues with health, mobility, awareness, and access to resources. This problem is especially evident during hurricane season in Florida as seniors make up about 20% of the state’s population. 

Helping our senior family members, friends, and neighbors is critical during times of crisis. Fortunately for Floridians, many community resources are also available to support seniors after a storm. Below is a list of disaster relief efforts seniors can utilize after a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Seniors should not have to face emergencies alone. Florida Senior Consulting is here to care for your senior loved ones and ensure their wellbeing after a disaster. If you need further assistance or guidance regarding senior care and housing in the wake of Hurricane Ian, call Florida Senior Consulting at (941) 661-6196 for a free consultation. We care about your senior loved ones, and we are ready to help.

Federal Emergency Management Agency - United States Department of Homeland Security
Food bank Seniors

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT)

Relief teams that go door-to-door to help those affected assess their needs, apply for assistance, receive application updates, and access additional resources.

Options for applying:

  • Go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Call 800-621-3362 (If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.)
  • Download the FEMA mobile app
Neighborhood

Shelter Resources

  • Click here to see the status of open shelters in the state of Florida
  • Click here to use Visit Florida’s emergency system for finding lodging and hotels
Food Preparedness For Seniors

Emergency Food and Water Resources

  • Search a list of centers distributing food, water and ice by county here (scroll down to “Emergency Food and Water Resources”)
Hurricane Ian - Senior Care

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC)

Centers that provide guidance on disaster recovery, written correspondence, housing assistance and rental resource information. Answers questions and provides referrals to other agencies that can help.

  • Find a location here (scroll down to “Disaster Recovery Centers”)
Food For Seniors

Food Replacement

Available to SNAP recipients with food losses caused by Hurricane Ian.

  • Request food replacement here
Fraud - Internet fraud

Avoid Scams and Fraud

Many scam artists emerge after natural disasters to take advantage of people’s confusion and loss.

  • Read about how to avoid getting scammed here
  • Check FEMA’s list of common rumors and scams after natural disasters here
Loan - Business loan

Small Business Association Disaster Loan

Available for businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters in declared disaster areas

  • See if you qualify here
Electricity - Energy

Fuel and Electric Power

  • To find gas stations with fuel and power, click here
Roof installation - Roof repair

Temporary Roofing Assistance – Operation Blue Roof

  • Available for residents of Lee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, and Collier Counties. Initial sign up window closes October 23.

Senior Support

State Assistance Information Line

  • An additional resource for accessing up-to-date information related to the hurricane

    • Call 1-800-342-3557 toll-free