Hurricane Ian Resources

FISH OF SANIBEL-CAPTIVA IS OPERATING IN FORT MYERS AND AVAILABLE BY PHONE FOR ASSISTANCE AND REFERRALS FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY THE HURRICANE. PLEASE CALL 239-472-4775 DURING BUSINESS HOURS OR 239-472-0404 OUTSIDE OF THOSE HOURS. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL INFO@FISHOFSANCAP.ORG AND A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU.

BELOW ARE RESOURCES FISH HAS COMPILED AS OF OCTOBER 28, 2022. AS THE RECOVERY PROCESS IS DYNAMIC, SOME INFORMATION MAY CHANGE:

FEMA

Emergency Unemployment Benefits ApplicationClick Here

  • When to Apply: Individuals have until December 30, 2022, to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits from Hurricane Ian.
  • Job Opportunities: Apply through Employ – Click Here
  • Unemployment GuidelinesClick Here

United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades

United Way 211 is a program that provides free information and referral to health and human service agencies within Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties. United Way 211 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by dialing 211 or by calling 239-433-3900 in Lee and 800-887-9234 in Hendry and Glades.

ON-ISLAND RESOURCES
The city has received information about the following resources available on Sanibel.

WATER
• FISH – 2430 Periwinkle Way
• Community Church – 1740 Periwinkle Way
• Sea School – 455 Periwinkle Way

ICE
• Sea School – 455 Periwinkle Way
• Community Church – 1740 Periwinkle Way
• Sanibel Deli Parking lot – 2330 Palm Ridge (After 12:00pm)

GROCERY ITEMS
• Jerry’s Foods – 1700 Periwinkle Way (8:00am – 4:00pm, limited options)

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD & PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
• FISH – 2430 Periwinkle Way

LAUNDRY, SHOWER, CHARGING STATION
• Community Church – 1740 Periwinkle Way (behind the church)

CLEANING SUPPLIES
• FISH – 2430 Periwinkle Way (mold liquid, buckets, trash bags, gloves)

DEBRIS REMOVAL
Debris hauling on Sanibel is ongoing. Please click here for additional information. Residents can request removal of debris from private property, including vehicles, vessels, motorcycles, trailers, and ATVs. To make a request, visit IanDebrisCleanup.com.

POWER RESTORATION
Following are the estimated timelines for power restoration provided by LCEC. The timeframe for power restoration on Sanibel is generally October 31, however, currently there is not a detailed timeline for power restoration at each house and structure. There may be unique situations where power restoration may be delayed.
ELECTRICAL INSPECTION
Inspection and/or repair of electrical equipment that was flooded or damaged by Hurricane Ian is required before the city notifies LCEC power may be restored to the property. Please click this link for more information. Questions may be directed to ianelectric@mysanibel.com
WATER RESTORATION
The Island Water Association (IWA) has pressurized the water distribution system throughout Sanibel and Captiva islands. The water is not safe for consumption unless brought to a rolling boil for at least one-minute. To reestablish water service at your property you must complete the request form available on the island water association’s website, www.islandwater.com.
SEWER RESTORATION
At this time, water must only be used for construction purposes and property clean up until sanitary sewer systems are online. Water must not be used for any purpose that will discharge to the sewer, including toilet flushing, showering, laundry, and hand washing.
TRASH COLLECTION
The city has placed containers at the City Recycling Center to collect residential refrigerator and kitchen rubbish. No commercial rubbish, debris, or vegetation will be accepted. Commercial property owners must contact their waste hauler for pick up as needed.
DEBRIS REMOVAL
Debris removal began October 14 and is ongoing. The City of Sanibel, along with its contracted debris hauler, continue to explore potential sites for temporary storage of debris removed from residential neighborhoods before it can be hauled off the island.
REASSESSEMENT OF PROPERTY
The Army Corps of Engineers are on Sanibel this week to perform reassessment of properties deemed “destroyed” and “major damage” by Urban Search and Rescue teams. Property owners who sustained hurricane damage, may advise the Lee County Property Appraiser about the damage via this hurricane reporting link.
STORAGE PODS
Storage pods are allowed at single-family homes but only temporarily, for no more than 30 days.

TARPS/OPERATION BLUE ROOF
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Operation Blue Roof mission has reached Sanibel. The Operation Blue Roof program is a NO COST – FREE service for homeowners, providing a temporary solution that protects their property and allows them to remain in their home as they continue to recover. The last day residents can apply for Operation Blue Roof has been extended through November 1st. Sign-up by calling 888-766-3258 or visit Blueroof.us.

LEE TRAN SHUTTLE SERVICE
LeeTran is operating two shuttle bus routes to help residents move through the islands. The hours of operation are 8:00am – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday, and the service is free.

CURFEW
A curfew is in effect on Sanibel from 9:00pm – 6:00am. No vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian movement is permitted, except for essential response personnel. This includes the use of watercraft in City canals and waterways. The curfew will be strictly enforced.

CITY OPERATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS
The City of Sanibel is operating from a temporary city hall located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Belltower (13051 Belltower Drive, Fort Myers) Phone numbers: 239-472-3700 or 239-603-7261. Hours of Operation:

• Call Center: Monday – Saturday, 8:00am – 5:00pm (closed Sunday)
• Information Desk – Monday – Saturday, 8:00am – 5:00pm (closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm daily) (closed Sunday)
• Emergency: Call 911

NOTE: RE-ENTRY PASSES WILL NO LONGER BE ISSUED AT THIS LOCATION, SEE UPDATE ON RE-ENTRY PROCEDURES BELOW
*PLEASE FIND MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION FROM THE CITY OF SANIBEL AT WWW.MYSANIBEL.COM

SANIBEL REENTRY PROCEDURES –
RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, AND PROPERTY OWNERS

Inbound traffic is allowed 8:00am – 5:00pm. There are two Inbound Lanes: Right Lane – Emergency Vehicles & Emergency Government Contractors Only; Left Lane – Sanibel residents, businesses, property owners and private contractors. A VALID 2021 OR 2022 SANIBEL RE-ENTRY PASS MUST BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED OR A FLORIDA DRIVER’S LICENSE WITH A SANIBEL ADDRESS READILY AVAILABLE WHEN APPROACHING THE CHECKPOINT. Any vehicle may leave between 6:00am – 9:00pm. There is one Outbound Lane from Sanibel and the causeway; there are two Outbound Lanes on McGregor Boulevard.

A VALID 2021 OR 2022 SANIBEL RE-ENTRY PASS MUST BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED or a Florida driver’s license with a Sanibel address readily available when approaching the checkpoint.

SANIBEL ENTRY PASSES

Sanibel & Captiva Hurricane Reentry Passes – NEW LOCATION! Effective Monday, November 21, 2022, Sanibel & Captiva Islands’ Hurricane Reentry Passes will be issued at a new location at the Fort Myers Regional Library Meeting Rooms located at 1651 Lee St, Ft. Myers, FL 33901. There is free parking in the Lee Street parking lot for the library campus.
Hurricane Passes will NO LONGER be issued at the Crowne Plaza Hotel or the Title Group of Fort Myers Office/ReMax Building. Hurricane Passes will be issued at the new location as follows:

  • Monday 11/21/2022 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday 11/22/2022 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11/23/2022 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday 11/24/2022 – Friday 11/25/2022 – CLOSED for Thanksgiving
  • Saturday 11/26/2022 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 11/27/2022 – CLOSED

Effective Monday, November 28, 2022, operational hours will be: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – *8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – *8 a.m. to 4 p.m.*Closed daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Resident Access: Residential Hurricane Reentry Pass or valid ID with Sanibel address.
Property Owner Access: Hurricane Reentry Pass with valid ID
Contractor access: Commercial Hurricane Reentry Pass with valid ID
Insurance Adjuster Access: Insurance Adjuster Reentry Pass with valid ID

HURRICANE REENTRY PASSES FOR BUSINESSES REOPENING
Beginning Monday, November 28, brick and mortar businesses that will be reopening on Sanibel and Captiva islands may obtain authorization for employees to access the islands by following the steps listed below:

  1. The Sanibel or Captiva business (brick and mortar) must provide the City with the name and address of the business and the date it will be reopening.
  2. The Sanibel or Captiva employer must provide the City with a list of the employees that need access to the island. The list must include the employee’s name, the employee’s address, and the employee’s title.
  3. The information required above, must be submitted to Steve Chaipel, Deputy City Manager by email at steve.chaipel@mysanibel.com.
  4. Mr. Chaipel may require follow-up information which he will request by email.
  5. Once the list of employees is approved by the City, Mr. Chaipel will notify the employer. This approval may take up to 48 hours after all required information and follow-up requests have been received by the City.
  6. The employees approved to access the island(s) will not need a hurricane reentry pass to access the island. Instead, the following process will be followed:
  • The database of approved employees will be maintained in a cloud-based document that Police will have access to at the causeway checkpoint.
  • At the checkpoint, employees will be required to provide the name of their employer and present a valid driver’s license to a Police officer.
  • A Police officer will verify IDs of drivers against the approved list. Individuals on the approved list will be granted access to the island(s). Anyone who is not on the list will be denied access.

MAIL PICKUP
Sanibel mail may be picked up at the Jetport Loop Mail Station (14080 Jetport Loop, Fort Myers, FL) The hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, and Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

CAPTIVA
• The Captiva Community Resource Panel is working with others to establish a temporary ferry service to the island. Find the most recent updates on the Captiva Storm Ready website.

STATE OF FLORIDA
• Mental health resources for individuals and communities are available at MyFLFamilies.com/HurricaneIan. Floridians’ health and well-being are a top priority, and the Department of Children and Families is reminding individuals that they are not alone. All Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian can find someone to talk to today through the Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 800-985-5990.
• The Crisis Cleanup Line, 800-451-1954, which provides debris removal services to impacted residents,
• DOH’s Children’s Medical Services Plan and partners have setup four locations (two locations in Lee County) for individuals to receive free hygiene and infant supplies, in addition to other essentials. All sites are open to the public.
• Lee County – Family Initiative located at 734 SW 4th St., Cape Coral, Florida 33991. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Lee County – Sunshine Fort Myers located at 4901 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33905. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• FLHSMV has deployed Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobile units to Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, and Collier counties to provide no-fee replacements for driver license and identification credentials, vehicle registrations, and titles.
• Dates, locations, and hours of operation for FLOW mobiles are subject to change and will be announced on FLHSMV.gov

LEE COUNTY
• Community Cooperative Hot Meals/Showers/Clothing — 3429 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; Tel.: 239-332-7687; Open Mon – Friday 9 -12:00
• Disaster Recovery Center – Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
• Disaster Recovery Center — Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, 2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers, FL, 33901

RECOVERY UPDATES
• Florida Department of Health in Lee County issues county-wide swim advisory