Tallahassee. – September 5th 2017 – From now through September 30, 2017, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for debris removal and home cleanup after the recent severe weather. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in [chainsaw work, debris cleanup, and mucking out], as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.

“FLORIDA VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTERS (FLVOAD] is committed to working with reputable, vetted relief organizations that have come to help,” said Gabe Tischler Chair of FLVOAD. “Survivors should call 800-451-1954 for help.”

“Voluntary relief agencies play a vital role in whole community recovery. The police and fire departments are there for emergencies, but they don’t have the time or resources to clean out homes. This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies working in the area,” said Gabe Tischler Chair of FLVOAD.

“We are offering this service through September 30, 2017 to help facilitate cleanup by various aid agencies standing by to assist those affected by the storms,” says Aaron Titus, Executive Director of Crisis Cleanup.  “This hotline will alert multiple relief agencies that survivors need help. All services are free and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Response times will vary so we ask residents their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.”

Importantly, this hotline cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Survivors needing assistance with home cleanup may call: 1-800-451-1954 through September 30, 2017.