Here are some resources we thought might help you through this difficult time in your life. If you know of any others please let us know. As we get more tips we will add them. And we reached out to other big Lyme organisations to see if they were putting together anything to help Lyme patients affected by IRMA, if we here back we will list those organizations too. A big thank you to Jenna Wright, Amy Stahl and Angele Rice for helping me to put this together. ♥
Helpful Articles & Tips
- Comcast opens free WiFi hotspots across Florida
- There have been internet hotspots opened all over the state so download the Zello walkie talkie app so you can still talk to friends and family.
This has all resources, updates, support in one website for those in Florida.
- Text FLPrepares to 888777. You will get a text response that you are registered with the State Registered Response Team. It will keep you informed and provide updates throughout the storm.
Also, text your zip code to 888777. You will receive updates specific to your zip code.
Tricks to help you keep in touch on FB, Twitter, etc. during the storm.
- Check out the Lyme Support Page, “Basically Well” for tips on how to deal with this hurricane through chronic illness. https://www.facebook.com/basicallywelllymesupport/
More Helpful Information from Jenna Wright:
A couple more hurricane tips:
1) Prior to the storm, Video inside and out of your house, all belongings and autos to have for proof of prior condition for any needed insurance claims. I would add to video any damage before cleaning/clearing.
2) Shower curtain liners can work well in lieu of tarps
3) plywood from window boarding can be removed after the storm and used to cover roof damage. Temporarily cover it with a tarp (or shower curtain liner) weighted by bricks or boards. When supply stores open, get roof tar to seal the edges around the plywood until repairs can be made
4) If you have a generator and use it after the storm, pull it and only use it outside in the open air to make sure carbon emissions clear well. Use saw horses and a piece of plywood and then a tarp, as a cover over it to protect the generator from misting rain.
And know the voltage of what you’re plugging into it (ex: a coffee maker will pull more power than a microwave)
5) print any tips or phone numbers (insurance, emergency contacts, city or county help lines etc) that you’ll need and might not be able to access via the internet or social media immediately after the storm passes.
Where to go for Help
- All FL people evacuating to the panhandle who can’t find or afford a hotel, Baldwin county(near the Florida/Alabama line) just approved to open up a 44000 sq ft building (address is 19477 Fairground Rd, Robertsdale AL. 36547.( 251)947-3247. It has kitchens, bathrooms and will hold 2000 people comfortably and up to 5000 if needed. They also have outside shelters made for pets etc ..they are setting things up and will be open tomorrow for those in need of shelter! PLEASE copy, paste and share.
- Senator Linda Stewart
Below are list of shelters, addresses and type of shelter. If you are a housebound or require special medical assistance, please call 311 (or 407-836-3111). Orange County has shelters for those who require special medical care. Stay safe!#HurricaneIrma #GetAPlan #BePrepared
Apopka High School
555 Martin St. Apopka, FL 32712
Colonial High School
6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
East River High School
654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833
Edgewater High School
3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804
Memorial Middle School
2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805
Odyssey Middle School
9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
West Orange High School
1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Barnett Park Community Center
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
* Pet Friendly
Bithlo Community Center
18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820
Please comment below and let us know how you are doing! Our thoughts and prayers going out to all who are on Irma’s path.