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Governor Ron DeSantis announced a Disaster Recovery Center opening in Sarasota County to help Floridians who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. These center is operated by the Department of Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with more than 10 agencies, to provide a one-stop shop for individuals or businesses that need help recovering from the storm. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Shannon Staub Library
4675 Career Lane
North Port, FL 34289
Open daily 9am-6pm

The Disaster Recovery Center is collocated with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ Initial Payment Centers. The purpose of the Initial Payment Center is for policyholders to meet directly with their insurance companies to file claims, and for the insurance company to issue checks to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, insurance carriers will focus on the immediate needs of policy holders by providing resources for specific items including living expenses.

To help Floridians stay in touch with their loved ones and find additional support, Florida has also deployed mental health professionals who can offer counselling and support, as well as five SpaceX Starlinks to provide internet and cellular access.

Along with volunteer groups, representatives from the following state agencies, partners, and federal organizations currently on site and available to help survivors and provide individual and business assistance include:

  • Florida Division of Emergency Management
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Office of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • CareerSource Southwest Florida
  • CareerSource South Florida
  • CareerSource Pasco Hernando
  • Florida Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC)
  • S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
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