On Sept. 23, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219, expanding the State of Emergency statewide.

FSLA is here to help support any needs that arise and connect you to resources as as you work toward recovery in the storm’s wake.

Should curfews be enacted, please use this letter to authorize your community’s staff to travel as necessary.

Hurricane Ian Update – Sept. 29

Hurricane relief fund

Many staff members from FSLA member communities throughout the state have been greatly impacted by Hurricane Ian. Some completely lost their homes, others had significant damage, and many are still without power.

FSLA has established a Hurricane Relief Fund through the Florida Senior Living Institute (FSLI), our 501c(3) tax-exempt organization. The fund will benefit employees of FSLA Member Communities who were affected by Hurricane Ian. All donations to this fund are tax-deductible.

fema assistance

If you or your employees need financial assistance after the storm, please begin the FEMA application process  to determine whether you are eligible. There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
  2. Download the FEMA App for mobile devices
  3. Call FEMA toll-free 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Help is available in many languages.

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program may assist with temporary housing, funds for rental assistance, and other disaster-related expenses. The assistance is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts. Learn more at: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual/program

FEMA also offers the following programs at https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual/disaster-survivors

    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance
    • Individuals and Households Program Assistance
    • Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program
    • Voluntary Agency Coordination
    • Mass Care and Emergency Assistance
    • Disaster Case Management
    • Disaster Legal Services
    • Referral Lists

AHCA Information

AHCA has opened an event in the Health Facility Reporting System (HFRS), which means facilities must make updates in the system by 10 a.m. EST daily. More information about updating records in HFRS, roles/permissions and user maintenance is available here.

AHCA Unit numbers and emails are listed below and will be monitored for providers who need assistance:

Assisted Living Unit: (850) 412-4304 / assistedliving@ahca.myflorida.com
Long Term Care Unit: (850) 412-4303 /

Key Contacts

Local Emergency Management Office / Emergency Operations Centers

In an emergency, contact local or county Emergency Managers first. Click here for local Emergency Management contact information

State Emergency Operations Center

If a local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is unavailable, the following numbers are operational during emergency events:

  • State Assistance Information Line (SAIL): (800) 342-3557 
  • Emergency Support Function-8 Planning Desk at the State Emergency Operations Center: (850) 245-4878

FSLA Key Contacts

  • Gail Matillo: (850) 496-2562
  • Jason Hand: (850) 443-0024
  • Sheri LeaJean: (850) 708-4971
  • Meredith Van Valkenburgh: (850) 755-6583
  • Heather Conley: (850) 708-4972