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Jackie Colon | Published on 10/10/2022

Dear Community Partner,


Hope that you and your families are doing well. Florida has experienced devastating damage and loss due to Hurricane Ian.  On behalf of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, we want to say thank you for all the support you are giving our community during these challenging times. We are grateful to our partners, Megan Diehl, Florida State Director with Unite Florida- Unite Us for their contribution to the valuable information below.  Muchas Gracias community partners, for your compassion and dedication to our beautiful Florida.

Support for Relief and Recovery Efforts

There are federal grants and local funds and resources available to assist with recovery and support your work in impacted communities.

Florida homeowners and renters  who were affected by Hurricane Ian may apply for FEMA disaster assistance at, by calling 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.


American Red Cross of Central Florida and American Red Cross South Florida Region for local disaster assistance information.


                 Volunteer Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund.

Community partners are usingUnite Usto connect residents impacted by Hurricane Ian with local services. We can help you ensure vulnerable residents get connected with active organizations as quickly as possible.

  • Include a Self-Referral Option.Let us know if you would like to set up an Assistance Request Form on your website to streamline connecting clients to your programs and services.
  • Invite your clients to temporarily leverageUnite Florida'sGet Helpform.
  • Spread the Word. Maximize the resources available to residents by sharing the network'sPartner Registration Formand encouraging your partners to join.

“The recovery process maybe long, but together we are resilient”

- Megan Diehl




Jackie Colon


Southeast Regional Director