FACT SHEET: Long-term Recovery Groups Help Meet Needs
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FACT SHEET: Long-term Recovery Groups Help Meet Needs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (RealEstateRama) — Residents of the Florida Panhandle who suffered damages and uninsured losses as a result of Hurricane Michael, and still have disaster-related needs not covered by state or federal assistance, may find help through long-term recovery groups.


Long-term recovery groups generally are made up of faith-based, nonprofit, community-based, private sector and voluntary agencies. Their goal is to help affected families access resources for their recovery.

The recovery groups can connect survivors with organizations that offer a wide variety of assistance, including food, clothing and grants to help pay for security deposits and past-due utility bills. They can also direct survivors to groups that will perform tasks, such as mucking and gutting disaster-damaged homes or clearing debris and tree stumps from yards.

The following groups have formed or are forming: Bay County Long Term Recovery Group; Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team; Liberty Strong Long Term Recovery Group; North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group; and Washington County Long Term Organization. In addition, two other long-term recovery groups will be coming online in Gadsden and Franklin counties.

FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons are available to advise the long-term recovery groups as they form in communities to help them rebuild and become more resilient.

More information on long-term recovery groups is available online at Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at https://flvoad.communityos.org/cms/ or National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at https://www.nvoad.org/.



On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation


1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)

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