Need batteries, fees waived at ATMs or free hot food after Irma? Here’s help.

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As South Florida regroups after Hurricane Irma, business and retail have joined relief efforts to offer free goods or

As South Florida regroups after Hurricane Irma and services begin to reopen, some businesses in Miami-Dade and Broward have joined in relief efforts to offer free goods or reduced costs or service fees to help the community get back to normalcy.

Here’s what we are seeing out there. Stay with the Miami Herald for the latest reports.

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▪ Grove cookout Tuesday: Miami Commissioner Ken Russell will be having a free barbecue cookout for all Coconut Grove residents at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Elizabeth Virrick Park 3255 Plaza St., Miami.

▪ Post-Irma Party at CityPlace Doral, 8300 NW 36th St. from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Among the offerings beyond the DJ, band and games that can alleviate the cabin fever feeling: charging stations and water bottle giveaways.

▪ Kings Dining & Entertainment in Doral is hosting a fundraising drive throughout September to help with Irma relief. Among Kings’ plans: Kings will donate 50 percent of its gaming sales to hurricane relief efforts. Bowl for Hurricane Relief bracelets ($5) and a GoFundMe page that will enter anyone who donates $10 or more into a raffle to win a King Pin Room party. Money will go to American Red Cross disaster relief. Details on fundraising here.

▪ Duracell’s Power Forward initiative is working with local authorities, FEMA and the Red Cross to mobilize at least one relief vehicle in Florida to provide free batteries, mobile charging and WiFi to those affected by Irma. Location details will be posted soon on the @Duracell Twitter and Duracell Facebook page.

▪ Regions Bank announced a variety of financial services, including payment extensions and the waiving of certain fees post-Irma. Offers include: Regions’ fees waived for customers at other banks’ ATMs in the affected areas and waived for non-customers at Regions’ ATMs in the affected areas; one penalty-free CD withdrawal; personal loan payment extensions through a customer assistance program; and payment extensions available for existing credit card holders. Call 1-800-411-9393.

▪ Realtor helping realtors: Anthony Askowitz, a realtor with Re/max, invites other realtors to use his offices, regardless of agency. In a Facebook post that he addressed to fellow realtors and business professionals he wrote: “Once again we have been spared the worst of the worst in South Florida. Fortunately our two offices have power, internet, and a/c. We want to extend our good fortune to all of you. Our doors are open for you to come in to charge phones, use the internet, use the computers, make phone calls on land lines, make copies, send faxes, emails, etc. Until you are up and running, we are here to support you and your business as much as possible. We are one community helping each other when needed. Please use our services as needed to help your business.”

▪ El Paseo Hotel, a boutique hotel on Miami Beach’s Española Way, is offering a Miami Relief Rate for standard rooms at $99 and suites with kitchenettes starting at $149. Reservations for the Miami Relief Rate can only be made directly with the hotel and are not available online. Email Reservations@elpaseohotel.com or call 855-417-8483 and mention promo code: Miami Relief Rate.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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