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Recovery Effort employment opportunities:

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Thompson Consulting Services will be hiring local residents to support Lee County’s Hurricane Ian debris removal efforts.

  • Candidates must attend a hiring event in person to be considered for employment.
  • If candidates have access to internet, they can preregister at www.indeed.com/job/debris-monitor-data-collector-f0387556c5597ecf.
    • Location: Jury Parking Lot, 2050 Broadway Circle., Fort Myers, FL 33901
    • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 5 through Oct. 7.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: ARTICLE HERE

POWER AND ELECTRICITY: Thousands are still without power. To check if you’re affected: FPL – LCEC – As of October 1st, FPL has restored power to all hospitals in Southwest Florida in its service area

RED CROSS RESPONDING: With more than 500 trained American Red Cross staff on the ground—and many more en route from across the country—as well as truckloads of supplies positioned across Florida, the Red Cross is mobilizing a large-scale response to Hurricane Ian. 

USACE BLUE ROOF PROGRAM: Information here

LEE COUNTY:

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) deployed a 6,000 gallon mobile refueling station. The station is located at the Stars Complex 2980 Edison Ave. and will remain there until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. FDEM also delivered water and ice which is available at the Stars Complex. The Florida Digital Service will also deploy SpaceX  Starlink units to create mobile internet cafes at locations including the Stars Complex.

On October 5th a hygiene station will be opening for Cape Coral residents at Jim Jeffers Park, 2817 SW 3rd Ln. The station includes showers, bathrooms, a cooling area, charging stations, and laundry services. Toiletries and towels will not be provided. The station will be open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

Beginning October 3rd, Lee Health has opened over 30 Lee Physician Group and Lee Health Outpatient locations. Hours of operation at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). For a complete list of open locations: CLICK HERE.

Lee County’s disaster debris monitoring partner, Thompson Consulting Services, will be hiring local residents to support Lee County’s Hurricane Ian debris removal efforts. Positions are for immediate work; there is no physical labor, no experience is necessary, and training is provided. Qualified candidates have the potential to earn more than $1,300 per week. Candidates must attend a hiring event in person to be considered for employment. If candidates have access to internet, preregister here.

  • Location: Jury Parking Lot, 2050 Broadway Circle., Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • Dates: 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and October 4
  • 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 5 through Oct. 7

The U.S. Coast Guard has organized a waterborne operation to help people evacuate Pine Island during daylight hours Sunday, October 2. Residents are asked to make their way to Pine Island Fire Department, 5700 Pine Island Rd NW, Bokeelia, where they will be taken by truck to Yucatan Waterfront. Various U.S. Coast Guards and other agency partners and volunteer vessels will take evacuees across Matlacha Pass to D & D Bait and Tackle, 3922 Pine Island Road NW, where LeeTran buses will take them to a shelter.

The City of Cape Coral is offering electronic device charging stations at City Hall, Police Department Headquarters, and Fire Department Stations (with the exception of Fire Station 10) available daily, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Jewish Federation of Lee County will be opening an emergency food pantry for non-perishables, water, hygiene, feminine products, clothing, etc. Wednesday, October 4, located at 9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908. The pantry will be open the entire month of October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To request well-being checks for family members and friends, please call 239-477-1000. County partners are working on a dedicated hotline or webpage. Please use 911 for emergency services only.

Lee Convenient Care – 4771 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907 – is open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 4771 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Lee Health announced its TeleHealth service is free to use before going to any of their facilities. Lee Health said to receive TeleHealth service, you can visit here.

Millennium Physicians Group is opening a walk-in clinic on October 2nd at 13813 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, 12 pm- 5 pm. They have also opened a number of offices around Southwest Florida, to find an available office, call (844) 225-5674.

Verizon has deployed drones over Sanibel Island overnight to provide temporary cell service, assess damages, and expedite recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

Fort Myers Beach urges residents not to rush back to the island before Saturday. Emergency responders will address critical assessments to ensure everyone’s safety upon returning.

Fort Myers Beach rescue crews have spread out on three boats to try and get people out of trapped homes. At this time, communication among crews is hard.

Cape Coral Police Department will resume emergency services as soon as the roads are cleared. Residents should not leave their shelter as major dangers could make rescue harder.

Estero Fire Rescue crews are clearing roadways and evacuating people who need help. Crews are asking for people to stay off the roadways while they ensure the roads are safe.

To request well-being checks for family members and friends, please call 239-477-1000. County partners are working on a dedicated hotline or webpage. Please use 911 for emergency services only.

A new number has been established for contacting the City of Sanibel. For reporting well-being checks or to volunteer resources, services, etc., please call (239) 603-7261

  • If you have access to email and are aware of an individual(s) who remained on island during Hurricane Ian and you need report a well-being check, please send an email to wellcheck@mysanibel.com. Please provide your name and number, as well as the name(s) of individual(s), address, and phone number.
  • If you have resources such as boats, equipment, services, skills, etc., and would like to volunteer, please send an email to volunteer@mysanibel.com and provide your name, resource available, phone number, and email address.

For vehicles that sustained damage from the storm, Tire Kingdom in Fort Myers will be offering Free Flat Repair and 25% off Wiper Blade purchases, as well as the following service checks free of charge through October 14th:

  • Free battery check
  • Free brake check
  • Free alignment check
  • Free tire air pressure check
  • Wiper fluid top off

PET CARE

University of Florida Veterinarians is offering free veterinary services today to residents with pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Terry Park, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers.

The clinic will be available to provide triage and medical care for the pets in Lee County affected by Hurricane Ian.

The clinic will continue seven days a week until further notice.

The county asks residents to check www.leegov.com and follow Lee County Domestic Animal Services on Facebook at facebook.com/LeeCountyDomesticAnimalServices.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY:

Link for recent updates on Charlotte County.

Millennium Physicians Group is opening a walk in clinic on October 2nd at 2450 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 7am – 7 pm. They have also opened a number of offices around Southwest Florida, to find an available office, call (844) 225-5674.

Oxygen Refill is available at 1100 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Portable oxygen tank refills.

Charlotte County residents can reach out to the CharCoCares text system for updates on local recovery events, area resources, and opportunities that will be available. The service is free. You can text “CharCoCares” to 888-777 to opt-in.

First responders and emergency management staff with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office are weathering the storm and protecting the community by providing secure shelters and distributing additional resources. Their call center, 941-743-1320, will remain open for more information and storm-related concerns.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office administrative phone lines have been restored. For non-emergency, use (941) 639-2101 and for emergencies, dial 911.

The North Port Police Department’s (NPPD) Special Response Team is evaluating the damage from Hurricane Ian.

If you need a rescue, please call 911. If you need a welfare check, please call 941-429-7300. If you have other questions, please call 941-429-7000.

If you are concerned about the well-being of a loved one, please call the North Port Police Department non-emergency line at 941-429-7300 and follow the menu prompt to Dispatch.

If you need help connecting with your loved ones, the American Red Cross can assist you. Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and provide as much detail as you can. You can also submit your information via forms (English and Spanish available) found online at COADFL.org

COLLIER COUNTY:

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County, Naples, and Immokalee sites is open.

Millennium Physicians Group is opening a walk in clinic on October 2nd at 400 8th Street N, Naples, 10am – 4pm. They have also opened a number of offices around Southwest Florida, to find an available office, call (844) 225-5674.

KIDZ Medical Services is operating a 12,000 free-standing pediatric facility at 2600 Immokalee Rd, Naples, Florida. The site will be providing service for young patients. “No child will be turned away”

The non-emergency line for the City of Marco Island is (239) 389-5050.

The Marco Island Police Department will be open at 8:00 a.m.

DESOTO COUNTY:

DeSoto, Lafayette, Hendry, and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office loaded water to a boat and then left to deliver the water to those landlocked from the flooding.

SARASOTA COUNTY:

The North Port Police Department announced the opening of a voluntary evacuation center at Venice High School (1 Indian Ave.) by 7 p.m. The center is pet-friendly, and transportation will be available at the following rally points:

 San Pedro Catholic Church (14380 Tamiami Trail); buses will run at this location until 10 p.m. this evening

 Publix (1251 Toledo Blade Blvd.) starting at 6 p.m. and buses will run all night as needed.

 Foundation Church (13000 Tamiami Trail) starting at 6 p.m. and buses will run all night as needed.

HEALTH RESOURCES

American Red Cross sent hundreds of type O blood products to other red cross organizations across Florida for patients in areas impacted by the storm. For more information contact 1 800 RED CROSS – 1-800-733-2767.

Coastal Medical Urgent Care will be open for urgent care services – 8291 Dani Dr. 100, Fort Myers, FL 33966. Thu/Fri: 7a-5p, Sat/Sun: 8a-4p.

VOLUNTEER & DONATIONS

  • Hertz Arena – a designated hurricane shelter – is accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Ian. Pillows, blankets, air mattresses, and hygiene products are in high demand, but any donations are welcome. UPDATE: Due to an already excessive amount of donations: please drop off your materials at Ocean Church – 22100 S Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL 33928
  • The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club will be taking Donations for Hurricane Ian Relief for the residents and businesses on Fort Myers Beach. Residents with a 33931 Zip Code and a Valid Fort Myers Beach Driver’s License address are able to request funds.
  • Volunteer Florida is looking for help – volunteers can register online at COADFL.org and VolunteerFlorida.org
  • Better Together is in need of volunteers and donations to families impacted by Hurricane Ian. To apply for assistance: Click Here.
  • A Cape Coral Community Donation Site has been established at 410 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – non-perishable food and water only.
  • The United Way is looking for volunteers and donations. For more information: Click Here.
  • The American Red Cross is looking for donations to help people affected by Hurricane Ian. Click here for more information.
  • McGregor Baptist Church has organized a donation drop off/clothing distribution – They will be collecting items Mon.-Sat. from 9am-12pm.

THE SALVATION ARMY NEEDS FOR HURRICANE DONATIONS 

  • Tarps 
  • Diapers 
  • Clorox wipes 
  • Gloves 
  • Non-perishable food and bread 
  • Hygiene items 
  • Water 
  • Paper towels 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Garbage bags (large) 
  • Shovels 
  • Brooms 
  • Extension cords