Recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian are underway, and Gehring Group is here for you as we begin to rebuild even stronger and better! We have created a PDF of valuable resources for you to share with colleagues, friends, and family. Please feel free to forward or print as needed. We are here to serve you. Please reach out to your Gehring Group team via email or phone for any further information.
Below are some FREE resources that are available to those affected by Hurricane Ian:
Operation Blue Roof:
Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners and permanently occupied rental properties in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. This is a free service to homeowners. Operation Blue Roof protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm.
Plan ahead for any emergency with Smart911! You can provide 9-1-1 call takers and first responders with critical information you want them to know in any kind of emergency.
When you call 9-1-1, your Smart911 Safety Profile displays on the 9-1-1 screen and the 9-1-1 call takers can view your addresses, medical information, home information, description of pets and vehicles, and emergency contacts. You can provide as much or as little information as you like. Your safety profile is free, private, and secure.
Smart911 is a national service meaning your Smart911 Safety Profile travels with you and is visible to any participating 9-1-1 center nationwide.
Looking to help make a difference? Check out Charity Navigator, which provides information on highly rated nonprofits who are responding with relief and recovery efforts in Florida.
Previously Provided Resources on September 27th, 2022
American Red Cross:
The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) can be reached by dialing 800-342-3557 and provides accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. It is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Visit the website to learn how to sign up for the statewide notification service Alert Florida for emergency alerts and public safety notifications.
- For the latest information on Hurricane Ian visit the website here.
- Updates can also be found on Twitter.
- You may also register for the statewide emergency response alerts here.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
- Visit the FEMA website for information here.
- Find open shelters near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA(43362). Example: Shelter 01234. (Standard text message rates apply.)
- To Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance Online: https://marketing.gehringgroup.com/e/932633/2022-09-29/2bhjr/106096525?h=pZu6dWMnY9AkaKtR9zIpRRZn19kAU6JEkQHe5TcIzIU
- Phone: 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585
- FEMA tips on how to find short-term and long-term housing after a disaster can be found here.
Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted. This help line will be open for two weeks to provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-447-3573, is available Monday through Friday 8AM – 8PM. This service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
SAMHSA – Disaster Distress Helpline:
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This resource is available to anyone in the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico.
- For anyone in the United States looking for support, call: (800) 985-5990
- For anyone in Puerto Rico looking for support, call: (800) 985-5990 and select option 2 for a Spanish-speaking counselor.
- Individuals in Puerto Rico looking for support may also text Hablanos to 787-339-2663.
- You may visit the website for more information here.
Teladoc Health activated their natural disaster support hotline for general medical care at no cost for individuals who have been displaced or impacted by Hurricane Ian in Florida.
Natural Disaster Hotline: (855) 225-5032
Natural Disaster Hotline Website: https://marketing.gehringgroup.com/e/932633/disaster-hotline-/2bhk2/106096525?h=pZu6dWMnY9AkaKtR9zIpRRZn19kAU6JEkQHe5TcIzIU
- This service is available free of charge to any individual impacted during the emergency, and is not tied to current Teladoc membership, client, or health plan accounts.
- Current Teladoc members must use the hotline to receive services free of charge. If you contact Teladoc through their normal channels or group set-up, you will be charged the standard visit fee based on your eligibility.
- Individuals registered through this channel will not be associated with a paying group. Eligible members that register through this channel will need to re-register with your existing group account to use Teladoc in the future.
Additional Hurricane Resources
Airbnb Open Homes Program:
Airbnb helps individuals effected by a natural disaster by offering free temporary housing to displaced individuals. Click here to learn more.
Gas Buddy:Check GasBuddy for live updates on fuel availability in your area.
2-1-1 Florida connects callers to health and human services information and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during disasters. Information and resources may be provided for a variety of needs including shelter, cell phone power stations, basic needs, and disaster assistance. To find your local 211, visit the website here and enter your city, county, or zip code.
Florida 511 provides locally generated reports on traffic conditions on major evacuation routes, road and bridge closures, toll suspensions, and travel alerts in affected counties, cities, roadways and agencies. During an emergency, real-time information on planned routes via the 511-phone call or the app is provided.
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Text alerts: https://marketing.gehringgroup.com/e/932633/PersonalizedServices/2bhkn/106096525?h=pZu6dWMnY9AkaKtR9zIpRRZn19kAU6JEkQHe5TcIzIU
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