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 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 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
  • See temporary shelter information below.


FEMA will be visiting Manatee County this week and next to help residents register for damage assistance from Hurricane Irma.


Temporary housing

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

Food and water assistance

  • Bayside Community Church: (941) 755-8600
  • Renaissance on 9th is offering MREs (ready-to-eat meals) and water
  • 2-1-1 Suncoast: (941) 308-4357
  • Over 60? Call our elder helpline at (941) 742-5818 to see if you qualify for assistance.

YMCA offering assistance

Through September 24, all of the Manatee YMCA branches (Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Parrish) will be free and open to anyone who wants to come take a shower, cool off, charge your phone, or work out. The Thrift Shop is also still giving out care packages and vouchers to victims of the storm. Call the store at (941) 212-4652 for help.


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.


Residents in need of assistance with cleanup can contact Crisis Cleanup at (800) 451-1954 through Sept. 30. They will be screening callers to see if their staff can help.


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



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.


Animal Services 

Manatee County's shelters are over capacity.

  • Adoption fees are waived for dogs and cats ($15 license fee still applies)
  • Collect your lost pets at no charge (Visit the Palmetto Shelter or our stray and found pets database to see if we have your lost pet.)
  • Seeking donations of bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap, canned cat food (Supplies can be dropped off at our library locations)
  • Looking for experienced volunteers with animal-handling experience to help walk dogs Mon-Sat starting at 8 a.m. Experienced cat volunteers needed at Downtown Bradenton Cat Adoption Center.