Resources for Sanibel Island residents and visitors in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
We’re working to gather links and information on resources offered to help Sanibel and the Southwest Florida community in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. If you would like to submit a resource for our page, please send information to Susan@McCallionRealty.com.
- Federal Assistance
- Operation Blue Roof
- Damage Assessments
- Temporary Housing
- City & County Updates
- Debris Cleanup
- Utility Restoration
- Insurance Info
- Contractor Info
- Emergency Repair Permitting
- Local Business
- Mental Health
- Donations & Volunteering
Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian. Click here to view FEMA resources available including help for individuals and families.
Operation Blue Roof
FEMA has tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs via their Operation Blue Roof program.
Operation Blue Roof is a free service to homeowners in Lee and Charlotte Counties. With the program, temporary blue covers with fiber-reinforced sheeting are installed to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.
The initial sign-up period will end on Oct. 23. Residents impacted by Hurricane Ian can sign up at Blueroof.us.
Lee County Damage Assessments
Lee County has provided the following link that includes the initial damage assessment for residential properties in the county. Property information is being updated each day.
NOAA has provided updated Aerial Images of much of Southwest Florida post-Hurricane Ian.
This is a safe platform for SWFL residents to access rentals for temporary housing in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Bonita Springs, and Marco Island. The website provides listings for housing whose properties have been vetted as reliable, safe, and clean. The listings are given by licensed Realtors® in the area. We urge the community to be careful when contacting listings from Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace as they may be fraudulent.
Click here to view the Hurricane Homes webpage.
City & County Updates
The City of Sanibel posts regular updates regarding Sanibel Island Hurricane Ian on their website linked here. They also host press conferences and post updates to their Facebook page linked here. Residents and business owners of Sanibel Island are allowed to access the island from 7am-7pm and must have a hurricane re-entry pass. Those who wish to travel to, from, or about the island must do so with their own resources and at their own risk.
Lee County has a list of resources linked on their Hurricane Ian Response webpage linked here. Here you can find information on local shelters and medical facilities. Follow the Lee County Government Facebook page for more updates on the recovery process.
The City of Sanibel is beginning its recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Sanibel residents, who can safely do so, are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:
- Vegetative – trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material
- Construction & Demolition – damaged components of buildings and structures such as lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures
- Appliances – refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, and water heaters
- Electronic Waste – computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.
- Household Hazardous Waste – materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.
Only loose debris will be collected, bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way. Make every attempt to avoid stacking debris below low-hanging power or utility lines, and do not place debris within four feet of:
- Water Meters
- Fire Hydrants
- Any other above-ground utlitliy
The City of Sanibel has updated the required affidavits that an electrical contractor or an electrical engineer must submit before LCEC may restore power to a structure.
Electrical Contractors – A Florida licensed electrical contract may inspect and submit an affidavit for residential structures with a service less than 600 amps (240 volts) and commercial structures with a service less than 800 amps (240 volts).
If undamaged, the electrical contractor must submit the completed “City of Sanibel Post Hurricane Ian Electrical Safety Inspection – Contractors” to the city at the following email addresses: IanPowerAffidavit@mysanibel.com
The city will notify LCEC power may be restored within 24-hours of receipt.
If damaged, a licensed electrical contractor must make the required repairs. If the structure is safe for power restoration, the electrical contractor must submit the completed “City of Sanibel Post Hurricane Ian Electrical Safety Inspection – Contractors” to the city at the following email addresses: IanPowerAffidavit@mysanibel.com
Once the approved for power report is received, the city will notify LCEC that power may be restored to the structure within 24-hours of receipt.
Please click here to access the “Hurricane Ian Release of Power Contractor Affidavit – Contractors” form.
LCEC has provided information to help customers understand what LCEC is responsible for and what the customer is responsible for. Please click here for more information.
When the water service is ready, the Island Water Association is asking all customers to fill out this form accepting service.
Below is a recording of an insurance information session held by Citizens Property Insurance. It has great insight into how the claims process works. Even if you do not have a policy with Citizens Property Insurance, this is very informative for all homeowners filing claims.
The Association of Realtors has provided the following advice for filing insurance claims and dealing with contractors post-Ian.
Robert Donovan – 239- 633-3636
Mark Gizzi – 239-898-5522
Matt Grub- 239-691-3465
Sharon Raimondi- 239-489-3881
Julie Valenti – 239-878-9531
Maxwell, Hendry & Simmons – 239-337-0555
Construction & Renovation:
Kennedy Construction – 239-472-8829
Bob Miller Renovations Plus – 239-872-3806
Kerry Cooper, Cooper Construction – 239-454-5699
Back Bay Contracting, Ian & Serena – 239-344-6883
Woodland Homes/Carolyn – 239-939-9242
Mabry Brothers – 239-482-1122
Sanibel Air & Electric – 239-472-3033
Technical Edge Inc – 239-826-1968
San Cap Electric – 239-472-1841
Aztec Plumbing – 239-472-0667
San Cap Plumbing – 239-472-1101
Water Works – 239-574-2326
PRG Roofing – 239-237-2906
Affordable Roofing – 239-485-4968
Kelly Roofing – 239-228-3276
MWW Roofing – 239-567-3088
Cardinal Roofing – 239-939-4450
5 Starr Roofing – 239-800-5813
Crowther Roofing – 239-337-1300
Legacy Roofing Inc. – 239-433-4007
Emergency Repair Permitting
The City of Sanibel’s Building Department has posted information concerning the Emergency Repair Permitting Policy along with Emergency Permit Applications for alterations, demolition, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and roofs.
To review the City’s Hurricane Ian Emergency Repair Permitting Policy, please click here.
To review the City’s “Guidance for Structures the Sustained Significant Damage or the require “Significant Improvement”, please click here.
To access the City’s Emergency Permit Applications, please click here.
Local Business Updates
Many of our local businesses have posted on thier social media pages with information regarding Sanibel Island Hurricane Ian. We encourage you to check their social media accounts and websites for more information about re-openings. A list of Sanibel Non-Profit Organizations, Clubs & Memberships can be found on our website here.
Mental Health Resources
This has been an emotional rollercoaster for many of us. Mental health is a top priority that should not be pushed aside as “less important” in a tragic event such as this. Mental health resources for individuals and communities are available at MyFLFamilies.com/HurricaneIan or by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990.
Donations and Volunteering
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel Captiva has been helping island neighbors in need for the last 40 years, and is ready to play that role again now. The best way to help right now is by donating to F.I.S.H. online. You can do so by clicking here. Please DO NOT send mail to FISH of Sanibel Captiva. Online donations are the only method at this time.
United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation (DBA Collaboratory) have started a disaster relief fund in the wake of Hurricane Ian. 100% of the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund will support local nonprofits and areas experiencing the most immediate needs. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.