Disaster Recovery Resources for People Living with ALS
As the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael continue to unfold, The Florida Chapter is working diligently to assess the well-being and needs of people living with ALS and their families throughout the state. This is our first priority – to ensure that our patients are safe and secure and that they have what they need to focus on their health with as little disruption as possible.
While we are not a disaster response organization or direct care provider, we're still here to help in any way that we can! We've assembled the following information and resources to help you and your family in the recovery process from this unprecedented storm, and should you need non-emergency assistance, call or email us at 1-888-257-1717 or email@example.com. To reach out directly to your Regional Program Manager, CLICK HERE.
Below is a list of resources for people with ALS and their families
who have been affected by Hurricane Michael.
Please contact us with any additional questions you may have.
State Assistance Information Line - 800-342-3557
People in Florida may access information from the SAIL hotline operators on how to prepare before/during/after a hurricane, road closures and alternate routes, available/open shelters in host or impacted counties, shelters designed for special needs patients, hotels and motels that accept pets, boaters instructions for moving watercraft to safer ground, and re-entry information once it is safe to return to the affected area.
Traffic Information and Road Closures: https://fl511.com/
Residents who sustained losses in declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who suffered damages from the storm may register now, and if their county is later included in the declaration, the application will be processed automatically. To find out if your county is declared, CLICK HERE.
If you do not have access to the internet, you may register by calling:
1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
If you use 711 Relay or Video Relay Service call 1-800-621-3362.
Residents are also encouraged to download the FEMA App to begin the registration process.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Travel and Temporary Emergency Housing Resources -
Although the weather threat to Florida has passed, the effects of the storm will continue to be felt by those attempting to travel in impacted areas of the state, whether visiting, returning home, or assisting with recovery efforts.
Expedia and Airbnb are offering emergency accommodations for evacuees and emergency workers. For those needing emergency accommodations, see Expedia and Airbnb links and information here: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/florida-now.html
or visit these sites directly:
https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/hurricanemichael - (Offering emergency FREE accommodations through October 29 in affected counties)
FEMA's Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) Program - Provides short-term lodging assistance for evacuees who are not able to return home for an extended or indeterminate period of time following a disaster: https://www.fema.gov/transitional-shelter-assistance
Generator Reimbursement – Individuals and Households Program Fact Sheet: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/94768Individual
Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities Brochure - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Evacuee Hotels via FEMA: http://www.femaevachotels.com/
To find open shelters still available in your area, CLICK HERE: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter
Download FREE Red Cross Mobile Apps today, in the Apple App Store or Google Play, For more information, visit: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps
CLICK HERE to report with the Red Cross that you and your family are safe.
Red Cross-Central Florida
Florida's Space Coast - 386-226-1400 - Brevard, Flagler, Volusia
Greater Orlando - 407-894-4141 - Orange, Osceola, Seminole
Mid-Florida - 863-294-5941 - Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Polk, Sumter
Southwest Florida - 941-379-9300 - Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Sarasota
Tampa Bay - 813-348-4820 - Hillsborough, Pinellas
Red Cross-North Florida
Northeast Florida - 904-358-8091 - Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union
Capital Area - 850-878-6080 - Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla
Northwest Florida - 850-432-7601 - Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington
Red Cross-South Florida
Broward County - 954-797-3800 - Broward
Florida's Coast to Heartland - 772-562-2549 - Indian River, Okeechobee, Highlands
Florida's Southern Gulf - 239-596-6868 - Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee
Greater Miami and The Keys - 305-644-1200 - Miami-Dade, Monroe
Palm Beach and Martin County - 561-833-7711 - Palm Beach, Martin
Durable Medical Equipment Questions
For information and questions regarding Durable Medical Equipment (DME) issues, please contact your DME provider. If you do not have a DME provider or if you are using loaner equipment from the Florida Chapter, please contact our Equipment Loan Program partners directly:
Numotion - 800-500-9150 or
Ability Medical Supply - 888-572-7603
The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
FAAST (www.FAAST.org), the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology program, is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364).
Since its inception in 1998, FAAST has been and continues to be a resource to provide Floridians free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications in accessible format on extensive topics related to disability rights, laws/policies, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.
If you had any Assistive Devices lost or damaged during the hurricane,contact FAAST directly at 1-844-FL-FAAST (1-844-353-2278) or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Ready is a nonprofit that works to ensure patient access to healthcare, including medicines, during times of disaster. Healthcare Ready has activated its virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support healthcare and public health response operations to Hurricane Michael. Visit them here: https://www.healthcareready.org/michael
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
For information on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) closures, please click HERE.
Veterans from storm-impacted areas who require immediate assistance may contact: VA Health Resource Center Disaster Hotline: 1-800-507-4571.
In central Florida, Veterans needing emergency medical services may visit the Orlando VAMC’s Urgent Care facility at 13800 Veterans Way in Lake Nona. The medical center is scheduled to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the storm period.