DONATE TO THE FLORIDA DISASTER FUND
To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
FLORIDA RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IAN CONTINUES
Governor DeSantis is, first and foremost, focused on the recovery efforts for communities affected by Hurricane Ian. He is dedicated to helping communities recover and rebuild from the impacts of the hurricane and is working with local, state and federal officials to support Floridians who are in need.
The Governor has been issuing updates on Hurricane Ian every day along with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie, First Lady Casey DeSantis, CFO Jimmy Patronis and numerous federal, state and local emergency management officials.
There are currently 42,000 linemen responding to the more than 1.9 million reported power outages. They have already restored power to more than 700,000 accounts in Southwest Florida.
First Lady Casey DeSantis also announced that donations have poured in to the Florida Disaster Fund, surpassing $10 million in just the first 24 hours of being activated. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
The state website for reporting missing persons related to Hurricane Ian is http://missing.fl.gov. If you need to report a missing person, fill out the form on behalf of “Someone Else.” You can also fill out the form on behalf of yourself if communications are limited.
Stay up to date with the latest news releases on recovery efforts following Hurricane Ian at www.flgov.com.
ATTORNEY GENERAL MOODY EXPANDS PRICE GOUGING HOTLINE STATEWIDE
Attorney General Ashley Moody has expanded Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline statewide. All Floridians can now report instances of severe price increases on essential commodities to the Attorney General’s Office. Florida’s price gouging law only applies to commodities and services essential to preparing for, or recovering from, a storm during a declared state of emergency.
For tips on reporting price gouging, click here.
For more information on price gouging, click here.
CONSUMER ALERT: BEWARE OF HURRICANE IAN CHARITY SCAMS
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis warns individuals and businesses looking to contribute to Hurricane Ian relief efforts to be cautious of imposter GoFundMe style crowdfunding websites and charity scams and encourages Floridians to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund. To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
Tips to avoid charity scams from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
- Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. That’s something scammers do.
- Some scammers try to trick you into paying them by thanking you for a donation that you never made.
- Scammers can change caller ID to make a call look like it’s from a local area code.
- If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it. That’s how scammers ask you to pay.
- To be safer, pay by credit card or check.
- It’s a good practice to keep a record of all donations. And review your statements closely to make sure you’re only charged the amount you agreed to donate – and that you’re not signed up to make a recurring donation.
- Before clicking on a link to donate online, make sure you know who is receiving your donation. Read Donating Through Crowdfunding, Social Media, and Fundraising Platforms for more information.
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