For hurricane-related crisis clean-up, call 800-451-1954. Example projects could be:
Small tree removal
Muck-out (removing mud, drywall, and debris from a home)
Hauling debris to the curb
Work that requires special training or equipment such as removing trees leaning on homes or activities requiring permits, is generally out of scope for this organization, who relies on volunteers to complete the work.
I have a few different needs. Where do I start?
Contact our 211 referral database by calling 211 or 877-731-4279. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or email email@example.com.
We can connect you with disaster relief, emergency supplies, FEMA assistance, crisis counseling, and other services available to you in your area.
I want to help. What is the best way to do so?
GiveWell Community Foundation and United Way of Central Florida have activated the United Community Relief Fund (UCRF) to support our community in recovery efforts. 100% of your donation to the UCRF will go towards helping residents of Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
As we, our partners and our neighbors prepare and respond to severe weather, we have collected resources that may help you and your loved ones access services in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties, which you can find below or by calling 211.
211 provides information about emergency information, natural disaster relief, available shelters, financial assistance and more.
To get connected, text your zip code to 898-211, email firstname.lastname@example.org, click here to begin the online chat or dial 2-1-1 on your phone. For life-threatening orproperty emergencies, please call 911.
If your home or job was impacted by a natural disaster, you may be eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance. Click here or call 1-800-621-3362 to see if you are eligible and to apply for financial assistance.
Operation Blue Roof: 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258). This organization helps to add tarps to roofs in need. Applicants who use 711 or video relay service can call 800-621-3362. Those who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech disability and use TTY can call 800-462-7585.
FIND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT THROUGH THE NATIONAL DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE
If you or a loved one is having a difficult time coping with recent disasters emotionally or mentally, the Disaster Distress Hotline is available 24/7 and in many languages. Individuals can call the helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. If you speak Spanish, you can access the helpline at the same number or by texting Hablanos to 66746. This helpline is staffed by trained crisis counselors.
Hurricanes are powerful tropical weather systems. When hurricanes move onto land, they sweep the ocean inward. Heavy winds, tornadoes, strong thunderstorms, flooding, storm surge and landslides can all be caused by hurricanes.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak season from mid-August to late October.
Tropical Depression: winds up to 39 miles per hour (mph).
Tropical Storm: 39 to 73 mph winds
Category 1: 74 to 95 mph winds
Category 2: 96 to110 mph winds
Category 3: 111 to 130 mph winds
Category 4: 131 to 155 mph winds.
Category 5: winds 156 mph or greater.
Remember the four steps: Gather. Record. Prepare. Protect.
Gatherimportant documents, such as insurance policies, birth certificates, deeds, and utility bills and store them in waterproof containers. Also gather any important mementos, such as family photos and keepsakes. Write down any important numbers in case you lose power.
Record evidence of your home. Take photos of the inside and outside, including walls, floors, close-ups of appliances and other high-end items. Email photos to yourself for backup.
Prepare your home if you have time. Secure outdoor objects or move them inside, protect windows and use sandbags in doorways.
Protect yourself. This is the most important step. Keep cash, your photo ID and any medications with you. Follow evacuation orders — they are made to keep you safe. If you choose to stay, remember to store enough food, water and pet supplies with you. Store extra batteries, a battery-operated radio and gasoline.
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