Florida Strong Hurricane Recovery and Relief

Hurricane Ian was one of the most disastrous hurricanes in Florida’s history, cutting a path of destruction across the state. Tourism-reliant businesses and tourism and hospitality industry employees, especially in southwest Florida, have been among the hardest hit. Many have lost everything, been displaced from their homes and their future employment is uncertain. Impacted communities are establishing local fundraising efforts to assist their communities as a whole, as well as tourism and hospitality employees. Information on local Hurricane Ian recovery and relief efforts is below. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Fund Established to Support Fort Myers-Area Hospitality Workers Recover After Hurricane Ian
The Lee County VCB encourages donations to assist hospitality workers impacted by Hurricane Ian now and for the long-term recovery. Any amount is welcome to the Southwest Florida Emergency Relief Fund, organized through United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades and the Collaboratory. While the road to recovery will be long and difficult, we’re confident in our strength and resilience. Contributions to this fund—designated as Support Fort Myers Hospitality Workers—directly support local hospitality workers. Find more information at VisitFortMyers.com.

Florida’s Paradise Coast – #Paradise Strong
As Florida’s Paradise Coast moves forward from the impacts of Hurricane Ian we are proud to witness the resilient spirit and resolute determination of our first responders, community leaders, hotel operators, business owners, and residents as they repair, rebuild, restore, and rekindle every facet of our community. The biggest need is financial support for a wide variety of services that will aid our residents and businesses. The Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund allows CCF to act immediately in the face of a hurricane to benefit local nonprofit programs and relief efforts, getting funds where they are needed most—quickly and efficiently at no administrative cost. Donations can be made at Collier Community Foundation.

Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund Assists Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Area Residents
While Charlotte County took its share of destruction from Hurricane Ian, primarily in the form of intense wind damage, we are confident that through our persistent collaboration with our local industry partners, neighboring DMOs, Destinations Florida and VISIT FLORIDA, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach area and all of Southwest Florida will emerge better and stronger than ever. We have been amazed at and are grateful for the scope and magnitude of the relief response, particularly from the State, utility workers, and nonprofit disaster relief organizations. Despite these efforts, many industry businesses will be out of commission for a while, which will directly affect the livelihoods of many hospitality workers. If interested in donating to assist our community and local tourism industry please visit the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund.

Bradenton Area Accommodations Partners Host Emergency Crews, Displaced Residents
In the Bradenton Gulf Islands area, Hurricane Ian rains and winds spared the areas of our destination that people are most familiar with: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Palmetto. However, inland flooding greatly impacted some rural areas and agritourism partners in Myakka City. The Bradenton Area Convention Center hosted power crews along with Army and National Guardsmen who were responding to harder hit areas to our south and to our east. In the coming days and weeks, local accommodations partners are expected to continue hosting emergency response personnel and homeowners who evacuated to our area.

United Way/Volunteer Florida Assist Central Florida Residents
To help Central Florida residents recover from damage caused by Hurricane Ian, Heart of Florida United Way has activated the United Way Recovery Fund. All donations help residents in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties in need of assistance following the storm. A disaster response team is also available to help answer calls and assist as needed. In addition to United Way’s initiatives, Volunteer Florida has several volunteer opportunities for Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Ian.

OTHER DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS & RESOURCES

Florida Disaster Fund

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Visit Florida