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The Hurricanes Are Gone, But the Damage Isn’t Done

Dealing with the stress of preparation and safety before and during a hurricane can seem overwhelming enough; however, assessing and handling the damages after the storm can seem more than daunting, too. For some it is roof damage. For others it is down trees that need removal. There are even those who have had their entire homes or businesses destroyed.

After a disaster, in our most recent case a hurricane, it is important to contact the appropriate agencies for help with repairs and debris removal. Applying for assistance through FEMA and your home owner’s insurance can be a great place to start. In fact, FEMA has extended their application for assistance deadline to November 24, 2017.

As a community, a number of Marion County social service organizations have recognized that although there are resources to help for those impacted by Hurricane Irma; unfortunately, there a number of households that may not qualify for assistance through those organization or do not have money to meet their insurance deductibles. United Way of Marion County has partnered with a number of other local social service organizations to form the Marion Disaster Recovery Network (MDRN). MDRN was formed to help those who have attempted recovery assistance through the traditional avenues, but were not able to get help.


Marion County Disaster Relief Network offers assistance for the following (to those who qualify):

  • Roof repair
  • Insurance Deductibles
  • Flood damage
  • HVAC
  • Debris Removal
  • Electric/Plumbing Issues
  • Tree Removal
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Other needs may be assessed on a case-by-case basis

Want to know if you may qualify? Click here.

Ready to apply? Click here.

If you or someone you know is still in need of assistance due to damages caused by Hurricane Irma please visit our website or contact 2-1-1 for more information on MDRN.


2-1-1 is available 24/7 via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (zip code to 898-211), and live chat.

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