STORM UPDATES

Picture1.jpgResidents who were impacted by the tornado in Lee County on January 16, 2022 can find important information on this page.  Updates will be made as information becomes available.

Have you been affected by the tornado?

Learn how to access resources here.

Do you need to rebuild after the tornado?

Information is available here.

State of Local Emergency

Lee County issued a State of Local Emergency Resolution to take action ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its residents.  The resolution will be updated as needed.

Office of the Governor: Executive Order 22-17

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-17 to declare a State of Emergency related to the tornadoes in Charlotte and Lee Counties.

Available Resources for Those Affected by the Tornado
  • Tornado-impacted residents who need assistance can call 239-533-7900 or email ionatornado@leegov.com 

  • Residents may also apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website or by visiting the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Fort Myers which will be open through May 19. Click here for location and time information.

  • Possible financial assistance is available through the State of Florida. Tornado survivors whose homes were assessed as being destroyed or sustaining major damage, per FEMA criteria through previous Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments, can apply for possible assistance at FloridaDisaster.org/Assistance.

  • Impacted residents who need to rebuild post-storm can contact the Lee County Department of Community Development. Each damaged home presents a unique situation. Residents are encouraged to talk with staff before beginning to rebuild and should ensure any contractors they hire are licensed and insured. Staff is available to guide residents through the process. Call 239-533-8329 and select Option 2; email eConnect@leegov.com or visit www.leegov.com/dcd.   

  • Lee County residents not impacted by the storm but in need of agency services should call Lee County Human & Veteran Services at 239-533-7930 or visit https://www.leegov.com/dhs/assistance.



Affected Areas Map

The map below shows the areas affected by the tornado that touched down in Lee County January 16, 2022.  Click on the map to make it larger. AffectedCommunitiesMap.PNG


HOW TO HELP

Local agencies are in need of donations and volunteers to assist those affected by the tornado.
DONATE

In partnership with the United Way, the Collaboratory has started a tornado relief fund. 


VOLUNTEER
Keep Lee County Beautiful is looking for volunteers to help clean the areas surrounding the neighborhoods hit by the tornado

Report a business or offer that sounds like an illegal scheme or fraud to the 
State of Florida Chief Financial Officer.  

SOCIAL MEDIA & NEWS UPDATES

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EMERGENCY ALERT TOOLS

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Sign up for Emergency Alerts

AlertLee is Lee County's  Emergency Mass Notification System and is used to quickly communicate with the public, providing critical and time-sensitive information during emergencies.

 

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Download the LeePrepares App: 

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LeePrepares is a free app to find your evacuation zone and sign up for evacuation text notifications. Shelter locations, preparedness information and local weather is provided.




ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
More than 200 people are displaced.
Yes, residents can call American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or United Way 2-1-1.
Visit the National Weather Service Tampa Bay for information:
   https://www.weather.gov/tbw/
The United Way is coordinating with The Collaboratory to collect monetary donations, which are the most effective way to help, rather than donating supplies.
Four people with minor injuries have been reported.
This is to be determined.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management has staff here in Lee County.
Visit the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation:
   http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/





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