The Charlotte County Emergency Management Office is working through response and recovery from Hurricane Ian and Tropical Storm Nicole, maintaining communication with local, state, and federal agencies.
- Most offices and facilities are open
- Some county parks have reopened
- Harold Avenue Recreation Center
- Centennial Park Recreation Center
- South County Regional Park Recreation Center
- Some sport fields & playgrounds are open
- Three pools are open: Centennial Park, South County Regional Park and Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park Pools
- City of Punta Gorda parks
- Three libraries are open: Punta Gorda Charlotte Library, Englewood Charlotte Public Library and Port Charlotte Public Library - all with Wi-Fi available
- Transit (curb-to-curb public transportation)
- Hickory Bluff, Lt. Carl A. Bailey and Indian Spring cemeteries
- Storm debris drop-off locations and mini-transfer recycling facilities
Relief & Recovery Resources
All county garbage pickup, recycling, and yard waste collection has resumed regular schedules. Learn more on the Storm Debris webpage.
Storm Debris Pickup Debris Separation Guide (English or Spanish) - Do not bag any storm debris. Vegetative debris must not be mixed with construction debris or household items (furniture, appliances). Keep all debris away from fire hydrants, backflow preventers or water meter boxes. Find more on the Storm Debris webpage.
Charlotte County Transit resumed normal operations for shared curb-to-curb ride service. Call 941.575.4000 for reservations.
Community Development Department is open with limited services. Walk-ins welcomed or visit online permitting portal.
- For life-threatening emergencies, call or text 9-1-1.
- Sheriff non-emergencies can call 941.833.4161.
- List of Medical Resources
- Call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Call Center for response and recovery information, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 941.743.1320 or 941.833.4000.
- Call Charlotte County Solid Waste for garbage and recycling information at 941.764.4360.
- Call Charlotte County Utilities for water and sewer information at 941.764.4300.
Long-Term Recovery Survey for Residents with Unmet Needs
Residents that experienced damage and financial loss as a result of Hurricane Ian and are struggling with unmet needs, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance and case management based on your income. Take the long-term recovery survey to help local organizations build a picture of what is needed here in Charlotte County and see if you are eligible for assistance. Please note, taking the survey is not a guarantee you will receive services.
Disaster Assistance Program for Low-Income Households
The State Housing Initiatives Partnership Disaster Assistance program provides assistance to low-income households following a disaster.
The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance and SBA disaster loans was Jan. 12.
FEMA: For questions and application status:
- In person at the Disaster Recovery Centers (locations listed below)
- Use the FEMA App for mobile devices
- Visit online at DisasterAssistance.gov
- Call 800-621-3362 (phone wait times are longer than normal)
Tringali Park Recreation Center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood
The former Cultural Center of Charlotte County site, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte
Both locations are open 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday
- Florida Dept. of Veterans Affairs
- UNITE Florida
- Florida Dept. of Children and Families
- Department of Financial Services
- Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
- Agency for Persons with Disabilities
- ...and more.
Housing and Recovery Assistance Portal: Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian can apply to the state for recovery resources, including housing and sheltering. To apply, visit IanRecovery.fl.gov/unite or call 800.892.0948.
Text the word CHARCOCARES to 888-777 to receive text updates on Hurricane Ian area resources and more.
Help Charlotte County collect damage assessments: Report damage online (enter address and photo)
Charlotte County is hiring temporary maintenance workers for debris cleanup, $15.50 per hour, 7 days a week. Apply online or call 941.743.1225.
Donations & Volunteering
Contractors or Professionals willing to volunteer, please register online at www.VolunteerFlorida.org/volunteerconnect or email coadVRC@gmail.com.
Residents, groups and organizations, contractors or professionals willing to volunteer can register online at www.VolunteerFlorida.org/volunteerconnect.
Monetary donation for aid can be made online at COADFL.org - all donations help Charlotte County residents. Items are not being accepted for donation. You can also text DISASTER to 20222 or visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.