Hurricane Ian Physician Relief & Resources
The Lee County Medical Society is working to assist physicians with relief and disaster resource support. Below is a guide to services available to physician residents of Lee County, Florida. This page also includes information on member practice updates and reopening dates. We will add or modify data on this page daily. We have also built a communication network for members to request supplies, housing, and relief. Text Julie Ramirez at the number below with your questions. Please consider donating to help us replenish the Physician Wellness Program which will help local doctors combat burnout and storm trauma. Click the button on the right to provide a gift.
Do you need temporary shelter, supplies, practice or surgery space? Text Julie Ramirez at (239) 340-6351.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans: 800-659-2955
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program:
Disaster Recovery Center:
Uber is offering free round-trip rides, up to $30 each way, to and from the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).
AOB FRAUD ALERT:
The Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, Royal Palm Coast Realtor® Association, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of REALTORS®, Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors® and the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS®, launched HurricaneHomes.org, a listing of over 6,000 home rentals in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Fort Myers and Southwest Florida that are immediately available to those displaced from their homes.
FloridaHousingSearch.org is a free, statewide search platform where you can search for affordable rental property. Search HERE or call 877-428-8844.
The local State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) office may have recovery assistance available to help with temporary relocation, rental assistance, debris removal, and home repairs. Income qualification requirements must be met. Go HERE or call 239-321-7979
Visit Florida has partnered with Expedia to set up an emergency accommodations page. Go HERE.
Some local AirBNB hosts are offering reduced rates. Ask them if they are willing to reduce rates or are part of AirBNB's Open Homes Initiative before you book.
Lee County has suspended RV and storage ordinances through March 22, 2024. This allows residents to live in their RV on their property with no penalty. A temporary permit is required. However, once a certificate of occupancy is issued for the home, the RV must be removed within 10 days.
WET DOCUMENT DISPOSAL:
FOOD, WATER, ICE:
Mental health resources for individuals and communities are also available at MyFLFamilies.com/HurricaneIan. All Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian can find someone to talk to today through the Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 800-985-5990.
Lee County Medical Society's Physician Wellness Program
CLOSED COUNTY PARKS:
DEBRIS REMOVAL DASHBOARD:
MALPRACTICE PREMIUM GRACE PERIOD:
VITAL DOCUMENTS & ID REPLACEMENT:
VEHICLE/VESSEL TAGS & TITLES:
PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE EXTENSION:
The Lee County Tax Collector's website has information on obtaining property tax bills if you've been displaced and information regarding homestead or financial resources to help you pay for property taxes HERE.
UNITED STATES POST OFFICE TEMPORARY LOCATIONS:
Sutherlin Nissan in Fort Myers and Cape Coral have 100s of used cars. Ask for Store Manager Mike Spinazze and tell him Julie Ramirez from the Medical Society referred you, 239-610-4988.
Holman Motors in Fort Lauderdale, a partner with the Broward County Medical Association, has cars available. Ask for Jeff Duecker at 954-417-3948.
MEDICAL CARE FOR PETS:
FREE LAUNDRY SERVICES:
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:
AREA HOSPITAL STATUS:
A mobile field hospital with 100 beds has been set up at Edison Mall (old Sears). For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
IRS RELIEF EFFORTS:
UPDATE: Eligible taxpayers that file Florida corporate income tax returns, as well as Florida corporate income tax installment payments, with original due dates or extended due dates falling on or after September 23, 2022 and before March 2, 2023 will now have a due date of March 2, 2023. This tax relief is applicable to affected businesses anywhere in Florida. Taxpayers needing assistance with corporate income tax filing may contact DOR’s Taxpayer Assistance at (850) 488-6800.
OIR EMERGENCY ORDER:
EMERGENCY SHELTERS (updated 10.26.22):
Crisis Cleanup will connect you with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups and faith communities who may be able to assist with:
All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to overwhelming need. The 1-800-451-1954 hotline will remain open through Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.
EMERGENCY ORDINANCES, DECLARATIONS & ORDERS:
Lee County Property Appraiser's office will be evaluating all 550,000 properties in Lee County during the next couple of months to assess damage and redetermine values. Residents can help streamline the process by submitting information including damage details and photographs on LeePa.org.
If you are able to volunteer, please register with Volunteer Florida to ensure you are placed where the greatest needs exist. Steps to get started are listed below:
STEP 1: Go to www.VolunteerFlorida.org
Non-medical volunteers are also needed at area shelters, food distribution points, cleanup location - go to volunteer.unitedwaylee.org.
In partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades County, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation (Collaboratory) has set up the Southwest Florida Emergency Relief Fund. 100% of funds support Southwest Florida nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian. DONATE HERE!
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
Advocate Radiation Oncology offices in Southwest Florida are open for treatment for both existing and new patients in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs; Naples, and Port CharlotteAssociates in Digestive Health - Fort Myers and Cape Coral will reopen on Monday, October 10th
Barkley Surgicenter will reopen on Monday, October 10th
Cape Health Surgery Center will reopen on Monday, October 10th
Florida Heart Associates has reopened
Fort Myers Surgery Center has reopened
Gastroenterology Associates of Southwest Florida offices in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral will reopen on Monday, October 10th
Gulfshore Behavioral Health has reopened
Gulfcoast Certified Primary Care has reopened
Lee Physician Group - Gastroenterology offices in HealthPark Commons and Coconut Point are reopen. The LPG Endoscopy centers are providing outpatient procedures
Precision Pain Medical Center has reopened
Pulmonology Critical Care Specialists has reopened
Physicians Primary Care - as of 10/10/22 all offices are open except Cay West Adult Medicine and Peds South in Fort Myers
Specialists In Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, P.A., Craig R. Sweet, M.D. reopened on Monday, October 3, 2022
Summit Maternity Care Center is providing free providing prenatal appointments for women who are unable to find accessible care with their doctors due to Hurricane Ian and closures. It opened Monday and will remain so from 10:00am to 3:00pm through Friday at 950 Tamiami Trail, Suite 101, in Port Charlotte