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National Disaster Recovery Group is in Lee County to assess Hurricane Ian-related community unmet needs

By Staff | Oct 17, 2023

Volunteer interviewers will meet with Hurricane Ian survivors to help individuals connect with resources and gain a clear picture of what it will take to recover.

The Lee County Unmet Needs Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) has requested the services of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will not be able to rebuild and recover without assistance. A team of World Renew volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews with Hurricane Ian survivors from Oct. 16-20 and Oct. 23-27. This process will help to prioritize individual needs and connect survivors with the LTRG which can provide long-term support during recovery with individual case management as well as financial and construction assistance for those most in need.

The LTRG has organized three walk-in locations across the county from Oct. 16-20 and Oct. 23-27. Residents affected by Hurricane Ian who require assistance for hurricane recovery are encouraged to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding hurricane losses and recovery needs.

All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community which helps the LTRG as well as government agencies raise the necessary recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies.

Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center.

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