Rubio Staff Hosts Critical Needs Assistance Centers in Lee and Charlotte Counties

Hurricane Ian Resources,


Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his staff will host Critical Needs Assistance Centers in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte to help residents affected by Hurricane Ian sign up for assistance from FEMA and provide casework assistance.  

The centers will be open 8:00 AM EDT to 6:00 PM EDT on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (October 6-8, 2022). Application checklists are available in English and Spanish.

  1. “The destruction is catastrophic. Long after the national media moves on, Floridians will continue to recover and rebuild. We’ll be right here with you, and the first step is making sure people and businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian are able to receive the assistance they’re entitled to under the law.” – Senator Rubio

The Critical Needs Assistance Centers will take place alongside the Department of Financial Services’ Initial Payment Center. Property insurance companies at each location will provide on-site assistance to policyholders to file a claim, ask questions and obtain needed insurance assistance and information. 

This is a public-private partnership of federal and state agencies, charitable organizations, and companies gathering to provide critical resources to those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Food, water, and additional resources will be available. A full list of participating organizations is below.

Critical Needs Assistance Center for Lee County

Gulf Coast Church of Christ

9550 6 Mile Cypress Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33966


Critical Needs Assistance Center Charlotte County

Port Charlotte Town Center (Parking Lot)

1441 Tamiami Trail

Port Charlotte, FL 33948


Critical Needs Assistance Centers Dates and Times

Thursday, October 6 – 8am – 6pm 

Friday, October 7 – 8am – 6pm

Saturday, October 8 – 8am – 6pm


Confirmed participating organizations, and federal and state agencies:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Fannie Mae

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis – Florida Department of Financial Services

Farm Share

Feeding Florida - Florida's Food Bank Network

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

Operation BBQ Relief

Team Rubicon

Global Empowerment Mission

Evangelical Christian Church

Gulf Coast Church of Christ

Volunteer Florida