In anticipation of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath, some national companies have stepped up to make access to their services free, and easily available to those who may need it.
Airbnb is matching evacuees with available space at no extra cost in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Airbnb listings will be free for Hurricane Irma evacuees through Sept. 28 as part of the company’s Disaster Response Program. In addition to the free listing price, all Airbnb service fees and state/local taxes are waived.
Listings are located in counties throughout northwest Florida and southern Georgia. The demand is already high, and some properties have a waiting list.
For more information go to www.airbnb.com/disaster.
AT&T has stated that they will not charge for any talk, text, and data overages from 9/8-9/17, according to a text message sent to current AT&T customers.
For more information go to att.com/hurricaneirma.
Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi
Comcast is offering free Xfinity Wi-Fi service in parts of Florida to help residents and emergency personnel stay connected. Comcast opened more than 137,000 Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the state free for anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, through September 15.
For more information go to wifi.xfinity.com.
FEMA Legal Assistance Hotline
After Hurricane Irma makes landfall and upon notification by Federal Emergency Management Agency, a toll-free legal aid hotline for low-income hurricane victims will be activated. The service, which is a partnership between American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, will provide qualifying residents with storm-related legal help across a range of topics. These include assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits; assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims; help with home repair contracts and contractors; replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the storm; assistance with consumer protection matters; and counseling on landlord/tenant problems.
The legal assistance hotline may be reached at 866-550-2929, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Florida Hospital eCare app
Patients can access urgent-care services on their phone or tablet through Florida Hospital’s eCare app from 8 AM-8 PM until the storm subsides. This service, which is for minor injuries and conditions such as allergies, infections, cold and flu, will be offered free of charge through Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Florida Hospital eCare app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store on iTunes.
For more information go to floridahospital.com/expert-care-your-convenience.
LiveHealth Online, a mobile app and website that provides consumers with a convenient way to have live video visits with doctors for non-emergency health conditions, will offer access to live doctor visits and psychology visits at no charge for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.
Download the mobile app and register in order to access free online visits, by going to: “Help for Irma Medical” or “Help for Irma Psychology” to schedule visits in Florida. The free offer will be available through December 31, 2017.
For more information go to www.livehealthonline.com/irma.
Eleven U-Haul stores are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage to residents who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma.
U-Haul companies of Clearwater, Eastern Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, North Orlando, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and Western Florida have made 95 facilities across 54 cities available to offer the 30 days free disaster relief assistance program.
For more information go to www.uhaul.com.