TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that two additional disaster recovery centers will be opened in Sarasota and Lee counties to help Florida residents affected by Hurricane Ian.

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These centers are operated by the Department of Economic Opportunity in partnership with more than 10 agencies to provide a one-stop shop for individuals and businesses needing help rebuilding after the storm.

Disaster recovery centers are located at:

Sarasota County
Shannon Staub Library
4675 Career lane
North Port, FL 34289

Lee County
Fort Myers DMS Building
2295 Victoria Ave.
ft. Myers, FL 33901

Azor District Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida 33919

The Disaster Recovery Centers will include an Initial Payment Center to meet with insurance companies to file claims and to issue insurance company checks to Florida residents affected by Hurricane Ian.

There are also mental health professionals who can offer advice and support to those who need it.

The centers have access to the Internet and cellular communication.

Along with volunteer teams, representatives from the following government agencies, partners and federal organizations currently on site and available to assist victims 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 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
  • Pasco Hernando’s Career Source
  • Florida Network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
  • US Small Business Administration (SBA)