Hurricane Ian Response Information

Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources

Check this page for the latest information on federal and local financial assistance and relief resources as they become available.

Federal Assistance

Disaster Assistance: President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Florida following Hurricane Ian and ordered Federal aid to supplement recovery efforts. The declaration gives the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the authorization to directly help individuals, families and small business owners living in impacted areas. For the most up-to-date list of eligible counties of residence for assistance, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4673

Potential aid includes payment for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other federal programs to assist individuals and business owners recover from the storm.

You can learn more on how to apply for disaster assistance, including housing here. When you are ready to apply for federal aid, visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.

  • If you do not have access to the internet, call 800-621-3362 to apply for assistance.
  • We recommend downloading the FEMA Mobile App which will also allow you to apply for aid.

Roof Damage: If your home suffered roof damage from the storm, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be able to help through its Operation Blue Roof program, which provides fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. This is a free service to homeowners. To learn more about the program and see if you qualify, visit https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Emergency-Operations/Blue-Roof-Information/.

Flood Damage and Recovery: For those of you who are experiencing flood damage, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program is dedicated to helping you get back on your feet faster. To start your claims process, visit https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/starting-your-recovery-after-flood.

State and Tribal Assistance

Florida's Disaster Information website offers a centralized resource with information on:

FEMA provides tribal support information on its Seminole Tribe of Florida Disaster Page and well as a list of State & Local Resources.

If you have a student in the School District of Lee County, the District would like you to contact them and “check in.” Please take the time to complete this brief survey.

Mental Health Resources

Rasmussen has partnered with Togetherall, an online community that offers peer-to-peer mental health support in an anonymous space at no cost. Students can access the Togetherall community here.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a 24/7 disaster distress helpline.

  • From the United States and its territories, call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7.
  • Spanish speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.

How Can You Help?

We know many in our Rasmussen community will be out of their homes for a long time and need basic items like clothing, blankets, towels, hygiene products, baby items, etc. We have started a “Wish List” on Amazon to help support our students, faculty and staff. If you are interested in purchasing and donating items, please visit the Wishlist. Items will be collected at our Tampa-area and Orlando campuses to be distributed to people in need.

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