Tell Your Survival Story From Hurricane Ian In Southwest Florida

Have you talked about it with friends and family? Maybe you’ve kept it to yourself. Now is the time to tell your story of surviving Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida to the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. It’s for a special project. You have a hurricane story. Whether you are in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Arcadia or anywhere in between. Now might be the time to take it out.

Hurricane Ian Southwest Florida

Tell your story of surviving Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida for a special project with the Lee County Alliance for the Arts,

The Alliance is working in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Writers Association on what they call “harvest” stories from the unprecedented disaster. The stories will be compiled into an anthology and shared with the public this September. It’s called Storm Stories.

How to tell your Hurricane Ian survival story.

There are a couple of ways. First, you can submit them in writing to or The stories can be edited and included in a printed book. There is no cost, there is no word limit and there are no age restrictions. Submit your stories by April 1.

In addition, a special telephone line has been set up. Leave a voicemail with your story. Call the number and once you hear the tone, you have three minutes. It is easy. “Tell your story in whatever capacity feels right to you, uncensored and unbridled,” says Molly Deckart, executive director of the alliance. “It’s meant to be cathartic, therapeutic and shareable.” Here is the number to call, 239-744-3047.

Finally, The Alliance of the Arts is hosting a month-long exhibition in the fall. September 28 marks the first anniversary of the storm. The exhibition will feature artwork inspired by Hurricane Ian. The moving work of photographer Kinfay Moroti will also be present.

One more thing. There are still many resources available to help you with hurricane recovery. Click here to connect with some of them.

Gallery: Fort Myers Beach Life 4 Months After Hurricane Ian