The Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to Open Recovery Assistance Center


More help is on the way for people in the Panhandle recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his team will open up a Recovery Assistance Center in Panama City. The center will be located at Bay High School. Insurance companies will be on hand to provide assistance in filing or checking on an outstanding claim or to answer questions. If you’ve been denied by FEMA you can find out if you qualify to appeal by bringing your denial letter and recent FEMA correspondence. Representatives from more than a dozen local, state and federal will be there to help. 

“We want to make a one stop shop to cut through some of the bureaucracy whether it’s filling out applications or getting questions answered. How we’ve done it in the past is we’ve invited the relevant agencies to have people there so rather than have people call a 1-800 number or go online, and are on hold for hours, we bring the assistance to the community,” said Sen. Rubio.

The Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio provided the following information about the center:

Bay High School, John L. Cobb Gymnasium

301 E. 13th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

Dates and Times:

Thursday, Dec. 6 – 10am – 5pm CST

Friday, Dec. 7 – 11am – 7pm CST

Saturday, Dec. 8 – 10am – 2pm CST

Confirmed participating organizations, companies, and federal and state agencies:

American Red Cross


Bay District Schools

CareerSource Gulf Coast

Feeding Gulf Coast

Florida SBDC Network

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis – Florida Department of Financial Services

Feeding Florida

Florida Council for Community Mental Health

Gulf Coast Veteran Center

Home Depot

Northstar Church

Small Business Administration (SBA)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The above list is preliminary and subject to change.

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