Hurricane Ian Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Manatee County
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (October 26, 2022) – As Manatee County residents continue to restore and recover after Hurricane Ian, a new dedicated Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has opened at the John Marble Park, at 3675 53rd Ave. E. in Bradenton, to assist with those efforts.
Manatee County Emergency Management staff has been working with representatives of the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish this site which will remain open and available to residents, seven days a week, for the next month.
This is a one-stop location, designed to help citizens answer questions on disaster recovery, help clarify any written or electronic correspondence and provide information on Housing Assistance and Rental Resources. DRCs also provide referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance and status of application(s) being processed by FEMA or other agencies.
It is not necessary to visit a center to apply. Survivors can go online at disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Help is available in most languages. To view an accessible video about how to apply, visit Three Ways to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance - YouTube.
In addition to the centers, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are canvassing neighborhoods in areas impacted by Hurricane Ian to help residents apply for FEMA assistance and answer questions about federal assistance. DSA teams wear FEMA attire and have federal photo identification badges. There is no charge for service.