After Irma: Information About Recovery and How to Help

Information on what to do if you need assistance after Hurricane Irma, as well as ways you can help through donations, volunteering and more.

Irma Recovery and Assistance

 

2-1-1 Suncoast can help connect you with a large variety of services in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Call 2-1-1 or (941) 308-4357 or visit 211suncoastcares.org for assistance.

Toll Free: 1-877-211-0444
 


If your home is unlivable due to hurricane damage:

  • Contact your homeowners insurance company.
  • Register with FEMA through www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
    • Applicants will need to provide their Social Security Number, daytime telephone number, private insurance information (if available), current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property.
    • You could be eligible for FEMA’s Transitioning Shelter Assistance Program which pays hotels directly for cost of stay (does not cover food or other charges). It is not income based.
  • Call the Disaster Legal Services Hotline: 1-866-550-2929 through the young lawyers association.
  • Search for affordable housing units at www.floridahousingsearch.org.
  • See temporary shelter information below.

Manatee County is waiving building permit fees for Hurricane Irma victims.

 

 

Temporary housing

  • Red Cross: (941) 792-8686
  • 2-1-1 Suncoast: (941) 308-4357
     

Food and water assistance

  • 2-1-1 Suncoast: (941) 308-4357
  • Over 60? Call our elder helpline at (941) 742-5818 to see if you qualify for assistance.
  • Food For Florida program - Pre-register online (not eligible if you receive food assistance through SNAP Food Assistance Program), then visit their site at DeSoto Square Mall on Sunday, Oct. 15 through Tuesday, Oct. 17.

    Desoto Square Mall (tent in parking lot)
    303 301 Blvd. W.
    Bradenton, FL 34205

 
Cleanup and debris collection

Yard waste, large items, and construction debris (shingles, lumber, etc.) MUST be left out in separate piles at the curb in order to be collected. Read more about debris collection.
 

If your business has hurricane damage:

  • Fill out the damage assessment survey at Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center. This is the primary portal for private sector preparation, damage assessments and recovery. This information helps to assess the damage and begin the recovery process.
  • Apply for Federal Disaster Loan Assistance. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

 

How to Help

 

Volunteer


Donations for victims in South Florida

 

Firefighters are looking for donations of tarps, batteries, fuel cans, baby supplies, plywood, chainsaws, bottled water, insect repellent, flashlights or lanterns and debris clean up tools such as rakes and trash bags.
 
Donations can be dropped off at the North River Fire District Station 2, 823 49th St. E., Palmetto and West Manatee Fire Rescue Administration Building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

 

Off-duty firefighters who are members of Manatee County Firefighter Disaster Relief Team will head to South Florida regularly to deliver donations.