FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lee County

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday, Sept. 22 in Lee County to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. The DRC is at the following address:

Location: Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI)
16301 Innovation Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week

As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. That information is also available on the FEMA Mobile App.

A FEMA Help Center is located at 26738 Pine Avenue in Bonita Springs. The center will be open 10:00am-5:00pm, seven days a week. This schedule is subject to change based on FEMA's assessment.

The center will serve both Lee County and Collier County. Residents are encouraged to visit the center to meet with FEMA representatives, file applications and ask questions.

FEMA is hosting a Help Center at the Veteran's Park Recreational Center, which is located next door to Veterans Park Academy for the Arts. FEMA’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Operation Blue Roof

Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors will install the temporary roof covering at NO COST TO YOU.

  • Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible for the program.
  • Metal roofs and mobile homes will be repaired as practical on a case by case basis.
  • Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible.

To get assistance, you must sign a “Right of Entry” (ROE) form to allow Corps staff and contractors to access your private property and assess roof damage. Complete an ROE form at a site near you. Call 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258) to find the site nearest you, and get the latest information on locations, dates, and center hours.

Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.

People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.

FEMA assistance available to Lee County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma

FEMAFlorida residents with losses due to Hurricane Irma in nine Florida counties are now eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Impacted residents from Lee County as well as Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas or Sarasota Counties can go to DisasterAssistance.Gov to register today.

If unable to register online, or through the FEMA App. please call 800-621-FEMA (3362)

Applicants will need the following to apply:

  • Social Security Number
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
  • Private insurance information, if available.

By registering for federal assistance on www.DisasterAssistance.gov

  • Look up an address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance.
  • Check the status of an application and get updates by SMS or email.
  • Upload documents to support the application.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services Corp (SVDP-DSC)

St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services Corp (SVDP-DSC) has opened a Parish Recovery Assistance Center in Fort Myers. In place to assist in the recovery of those affected by Hurricane Irma, SVDP-DSC will be providing information for: FEMA recovery, local resources, legal assistance, disaster unemployment, clothing vouchers, and hygiene kits.

  • Location: St. Cecilia Catholic Community, 5632 Sunrise Drive in Fort Myers.
  • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 AM- 6 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 2 PM.

Community Cooperative’s Mobile Pantry

Food Distribution for our Neighbors in Need!

Hurricane Irma hit hard in Lee County causing massive power outages. Due to outages families lost all food in their refrigerator and freezer. Some households had flooding destroying any food on counters and pantries. Community Cooperative’s Mobile Pantry will be handing out food throughout Lee County. Below are dates to note on your calendar if you are in need.

Please bring bags or a box to carry food!

27200 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

  • Wednesday, October 4 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Veteran's Community Park, 55 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, FL

  • Tuesday, October 24 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 14 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 19 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.

King's Way Christian Center, 2016 Kismet Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL

  • Saturday, October 28- 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 16- 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Trafalgar Middle School, 2120 Trafalgar Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33991

  • November 15, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Public Shelters Still Open

Estero Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Estero, FL 33928

North Fort Myers Recreation Center
2000 N. Recreation Park Way
North Fort Myers, FL 33903