We have created this page as a hub for advice, resources and updates regarding the impact of Hurricane Ian on tour and activity operators.
We wanted to let you know that we are here to help and it’s not a losing battle – there are many ways of support to help you return to daily operations.
We know this is a difficult time for those affected and understand that you may have questions about rebuilding or the future of your business. The Peek Team is here to help if you or any other tour operator need assistance during these difficult times.
How to Take Action
Government Financial Support
Stay up to date on the latest updates from the IRS of any changes to tax relief applications for those living in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina who were impacted by Hurricane Ian. The IRS has also recently expanded many of its deadlines from October 17th to February 15th giving victims extended time to apply for different forms of financial support. If your tax and financial records were damaged or lost due to the hurricane, learn more at this guide to help reconstruct your records to properly apply for financial aid.
- FEMA - Florida
FEMA has set up a designated page to provide all information needed to access support on both a federal and local level. On this page, you can find resources translated to multiple languages, the direct link to apply for Disaster Assistance and many more key resources offering support. FEMA has also created this helpful video on the different ways you can apply through phone, web and mobile app.
FEMA has also set up dedicated pages for North Carolina, South Carolina and Seminole Tribe of Florida.
- Small Business Association
Through the SBA, you can check if you live in a county that qualifies for an SBA Disaster loan. The SBA has created this helpful fact sheet that goes more in-depth on the different types of loans, loan limits, interest rates and more. While completing your SBA loan application, the SBA is available to answer questions and provide support through their support line at 800‐659‐2955.
Other Forms of Support
- Red Cross
The Red Cross is still providing assistance to Hurricane Ian victims by helping find open shelters, offering support for pet owners and raising donations to be distributed to those in need. The Red Cross is on the front lines assisting hurricane victims and will continue doing so in the near future. Read some stories to learn how the Red Cross is helping victims in need.
- Disaster Distress Hotline
Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the Disaster Distress Hotline helps connect victims with trained counselors to help find support and offer crisis counseling. If you’re looking to speak with a counselor, you can call or text the hotline at 1-800-985-5990.
- Tripshock GoFundMe
Our friends at Tripshock have created a GoFundMe page to raise money specifically for watersports and boat operators impacted by Hurricane Ian. 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to operators, their families and staff. At the time of writing, the GoFundMe has raised just under half of its goal of $20,000. Tripshock also maintains a Facebook group specifically for watersports and boat operators where you can learn more.
- Operation Blue Roof
Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operation Blue Roof aims to construct safe, stable temporary roofing for those whose roofing has been damaged or destroyed on their home due to natural disasters. If you’re a Florida resident of Lee, Sarasota, Collier, DeSoto or Charlotte county, you may be eligible for assistance from Operation Blue Roof.
- US GOV
Dedicated to all things Hurricane Ian relief, this homepage set up by the USA GOV is a great resource to use for general information. Along with key details on obtaining financial relief, the homepage has links offering disability services, veteran support and updates on resources for those employed by the federal government.
The FDIC is actively working to ensure victims of Hurricane Ian can access their finances and is keeping a running list of banks
currently operating in affected communities. FDIC also has created numerous resources for avoiding possible scams run by those looking to take advantage of those most vulnerable.
- Website of Florida Governor
The official website of the Florida Governor is providing updates on all things related to Hurricane Ian recovery on his official website. From frequent updates on health and safety to cleanup processes, the Governor’s site is a good one to follow to stay informed.