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DeSoto County Hurricane Ian Recovery Information Update 10/18/2022


DeSoto County Hurricane Ian Recovery Information Update 10/18/2022

The State of Florida and FEMA have opened an additional Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in DeSoto County.
Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance and disaster loans, update applications and learn about other resources available.
DeSoto County Library: 125 N Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, Fl 34266
The Center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
For the safety of our residents, the DeSoto County Burn Ban is still in effect.

Still need help with clean up?  Samaritan’s Purse can help!

Call 941-290-8648
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Resources Available to Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ian

More Info on the Economic Development News Page

There is a mobile unit for registration, located at:
22 N Polk Avenue
(Near the Yellow Deli)
9:00 – 6:00 PM


Approximately 11,000 residences need debris picked up!
Trash and Debris are HOT topics these days. It’s nice to know that we have moved from search and rescue to recovery & response. It’s going to be a lot of work to get this county cleaned up, but I assure you that the contractors are working as hard as they can to get the debris picked up.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience! DeSoto County has a contractor working on it. The City of Arcadia has a different contractor for the city limits and FDOT has a different contractor for state roads.
Household Trash
Womack Sanitation has resumed regularly scheduled trash pickup. They do not pick up yard debris, appliances, or construction debris. They only pick up household garbage.
Yard Waste – Vegetative Only
Yard debris (tree limbs, vegetative, etc) will be picked up today for these areas. (Please see the list of streets and areas.) As we get these lists from the contractor we will share them.
This does not include yard furniture, metal, or plastic materials.
Construction & Demolition Waste
Construction & Demolition debris will also be picked up eventually but it’s going to be a while. We appreciate your patience in this matter.
What if my entire home was destroyed?
Here are some options…
🟢 Your insurance might cover the cost of construction debris removal. -Contact your insurance company.
🟢 If you can get the pieces to the side of the road, it will be picked up by the county contractor.
🟢 If you have some time to wait, the Crisis Cleanup may be your best option. They will clean up fallen trees and remove drywall, flooring, and appliances. They will be working in DeSoto County for 5 to 8 weeks. Call 1-800-451-1954 for their help.
Please use the diagram below to sort the debris correctly.
Clean Up Safely
When you return home, be careful in the cleanup process.
 Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing, and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
 Don’t work alone.
 Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
 Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
 Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.