Rays Hurricane Recovery

As in the wake of Hurricanes Charley, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael and Dorian, the Rays aim to bring aid and recovery to victims of Hurricane Ian by collaborating with community partners and nonprofit organizations with expertise in delivering aid.

Hurricane Recovery

Donate to Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Make a monetary donation at the link below to be distributed by the Rays Baseball Foundation for hurricane recovery efforts.

Relief and Recovery Resources for Charlotte County

County Services

Wellness Check, Check on loved ones (Reunification Plan)

  • To check on loved ones call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) option 4.

Get Help

  • For life-threatening emergencies, call or text 9-1-1.
    For non-emergencies, call 941.833.4161.

  • Call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Call Center for response and recovery information at 941.743.1320 or 941.833.4000.

  • Call Charlotte County Solid Waste for any garbage and recycling information at 941.764.4360.

  • Call Charlotte County Utilities for any water and sewer information at 941.764.4300.

Mental Health Services

After a disaster, people who experience displacement, property damage, or other losses may be at risk for distress or other mental health concerns. You’re not alone. Call the distress helpline 1-800-985-5990 for 24/7 emotional support. Learn more at www.samhsa.gov

Food & Water Distributions

St. Mary's Baptist Church
605 Mary St., Punta Gorda
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily while supplies last
The Red Cross is distributing water, food and cleanup kits

Shelter Available

Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park
6961 San Casa Drive, Englewood
A short-term, shared living space for residents displaced from Hurricane Ian open with limited space

Medical Resources

Medical Treatment Site
Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte
24/7 free urgent care, chronic care, pharmacy, and other medical services

Mobile Urgent Care
Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park, 6961 San Casa Drive, Englewood
Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with free urgent and chronic care

More Medical Resources

Charlotte County Services

Garbage pickup has resumed regular pickup schedule for regular household solid waste only. No recycling.

Storm Debris Pick-up Debris Separation Guide (English or Spanish) - Do not bag any debris. Vegetative debris must not be mixed with construction debris or household items (furniture, appliances). Keep all debris away from fire hydrants, backflow preventers and water meter boxes. Storm debris collection does not include commercial businesses.

Charlotte County Transit resumed normal operations for shared curb-to-curb ride service. Call 941.575.4000 for reservations.

Community Development Department is open with limited services. Walk-ins welcomed or visit online permitting portal.

Recovery Resources

FEMA: Apply for disaster assistance as soon as possible and submit your critical needs:

  • In-person registration site at Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Sun
  • In-person at the Disaster Recovery Center at Tringali Park Recreation Center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Use the FEMA App for mobile devices.
  • Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (phone wait times are longer than normal).

Disaster Recovery Center at Tringali Park Recreation Center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood.

Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Agencies available at this location:

  • Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • UNITE Florida
  • Florida Dept. of Children and Families
  • Department of Financial Services
  • Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • ...and more

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses and residents in Florida following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration.

D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program) available to eligible individuals/families who are not currently receiving food assistance through SNAP.

Operation Blue Roof provides and installs tarps on roofs. Operation Blue Roof is a free program where a contractor installs a fiber-reinforced, industrial-strength sheeting to protect storm-damaged roofs until homeowners can make permanent repairs. Sign-up at:

  • Englewood Walmart, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 18-20
  • Port Charlotte Walmart, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 21-23
  • Online at Blueroof.us
  • Call 888-766-3258

Free Disaster Cleanup Assistance available through Crisis Cleanup. Call 1-800-451-1954 to be connected with local relief organizations.

Small Business Administration Loan Application offers long-term, low-interest disaster loans to qualified residents/businesses affected by Hurricane Ian: disasterloanassistance.sba.gov

Text the word CHARCOCARES to 888-777 to receive text updates on Hurricane Ian area resources and more.

Find after-the-storm information in the Disaster Guide.

Help Charlotte County collect damage assessments: Report damage online (enter address and photo)

Safety tips:

Donations & Volunteering

Contractors or Professionals willing to volunteer, please register online at https://www.volunteerflorida.org/volunteerconnect/ or email [email protected].

Monetary donation for aid can be made online at COADFL.org - all donations help Charlotte County residents. Items are not being accepted for donation at this time. You can also text DISASTER to 20222 or visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Residents, groups and organizations, contractors or professionals willing to volunteer can register online at https://www.volunteerflorida.org/volunteerconnect

Additional Recovery Resources

These resources are available beyond Charlotte County for Hurricane Ian survivors:

  • FEMA. Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Assistance

  • Operation Blue Roof is a free program led by the US Army Corps of Engineers through which a contractor install a fiber-reinforced, industrial-strength sheeting to protect storm-damaged roofs until homeowners can make permanent repairs.

  • Free Disaster Assistance Cleanup. Call 1-800-451-1954 to connect with volunteers.

  • SBA Loans. Small Business Administration offers long-term, low-interest disaster loans to qualified residents/businesses.

  • D-SNAP. Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program is available to eligible families and individuals not receiving food assistance through SNAP.

  • Hiring a Licensed Contractor. Visit myfloridalicense.com to verify State of Florida licensed contractors.