How to Help Manatee Recover

How to Help Manatee Recover
Posted on 10/03/2022
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (October 3, 2022) – As Manatee County continues to clean-up and recover following Hurricane Ian, several groups are providing help for residents.

People living in Manatee county who were affected by Hurricane Ian, FEMA may be able to help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs or other essential disaster-related needs that are not covered by insurance. There are several ways to apply: Go online to, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call 800-621-3362.

While many groups have deployed further south where the damage is more widespread and severe, there is one organization providing local assistance. The Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network is offering Free Clean Up Assistance, including help with cutting fallen trees, removing damaged drywall, flooring and appliances and tarping roofs. The Hurricane Ian Home Clean Up Hotline is (800) 451-1954.

For residents and visitors wanting to help, the Manatee Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund—which is focused on Manatee residents and relief after the Hurricane—is matching donations 1:1 with funds from the Bishop Parker Foundation. More information

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have established Ian recovery efforts, and Volunteer Florida is a great resource to connect with and those who want to help personally.

Those who want to help can also contact local volunteer organizations, churches and outreach organizations to inquire about their efforts.