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
Florida Council for Community Mental Health
Gulf Coast Veteran Center
Small Business Administration (SBA)
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The above list is preliminary and subject to change.