Rumors & Fraud
Blogs, datasheets and news
People in states affected by Ian should be aware of ongoing risks, closely monitor local media for updates on the forecast, and follow advice from their local officials.
FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) work in the hardest-hit communities to help survivors register for help and identify immediate and emerging threats.
Watch out for scammers and identity thieves trying to take advantage of survivors. Watch out for suspicious activity or anything that just doesn’t seem right to you and report it. Visit disaster fraud to learn more.
Restoring and cleaning up Ian may take some time. It is important to protect you and your family during this time.
Learn more about the response to Hurricane Ian across federal agencies USA.gov.
People affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida can apply for help now.
- Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
- Call 800-621-3362
- If you use a forwarding service such as For example, a video forwarding service (VRS), closed captioned phone service, or other, provide FEMA with the number for that service.
FEMA video of responding “Yes” to Disaster Relief Registration to determine what type of assistance survivors with disabilities need to help them get through the recovery process.
Resources for affected areas
How to help Florida people
Don’t volunteer yourself in disaster areas.
- Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities will continue to exist months, often years, after the disaster. A list of agencies with volunteer opportunities can be found on the National voluntary organizations active in disasters Website.
- Cash is the best donation. After a disaster, people always want to help, but it’s important to donate responsibly. When people support volunteer organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure that essential services are continuously provided to those in need after a disaster.
- Identify what is needed. Before donating supplies, contact organizations working in the affected area to determine how much is needed and when it will be needed. Used clothing is never needed in a disaster area. Unsolicited donations can overwhelm local charities as they need to be sorted in.
- family and friends reunion. If you need help locating a missing friend or relative, call the Red Cross 800-733-2767 and provide as much detail as possible to assist us in locating your missing loved one.
Safety tips after the storm
Safety comes first after every storm. Be careful in areas of damage, flooding and power outages.
For more safety tips after the storm, see Done.gov.
rumors and fraud
After a disaster, there are often many rumors and scams. Do your part to stop rumors from spreading by doing three simple things:
- Find trusted sources of information.
- Share information from trusted sources.
- Stop others from sharing information from unverified sources.
Disaster Related Tools
Download multimedia resources such as social graphics, flyers, announcer scripts, accessible videos, and animations in multiple languages so you can share critical disaster information before, during, and after a disaster.
There are many ways to help, e.g. B. Donations of money, needed items or your time. Learn more about how you can help those in need.
If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for disaster relief, visit our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.
Get answers to common questions about emergency shelters, disaster relief, flood insurance and more.
If you have flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and experienced flooding during Hurricane Ian, visit us FloodSmart.gov to learn more about filing your flood insurance claim.