Immokalee coalition makes strides since Irma

When Hurricane Irma made landfall, stakeholders in the Immokalee community quickly rallied to manage the overall response to the unmet needs in the area.

For many, the needs were unimaginable.

While some simply lost power, others lost all of their belongings including the roof over their heads and the bed they fall asleep in at night.

After the immediate efforts were well underway to provide essential services like meal preparation and housing, local organizations and community members gathered to quickly establish a coalition to better prepare Immokalee for future disasters while working to mitigate the devastation felt with Hurricane Irma.

Over the following weeks, the group came together and with the help and guidance of organizations like FEMA, the group formed the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition. Their purpose is to identify needs within the community and take a hands-on approach to solving those needs by utilizing the resources local organizations have to offer.

Currently, the group is working with World Renew Disaster Response Services to conduct a needs assessment in Immokalee. In addition to operating a walk-in center, members of World Renew Disaster Response Services and the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition will be going door to door in key neighborhoods starting Wednesday, February 7.

General Information
World Renew Disaster Response Services (look out for their green shirts) is partnering with the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition to meet with you individually to gather data, priorities needed, and connect you with the resources you may need. A Walk-in Center location will be available at the Disaster Assistance Center (Salvation Army) located at 2050 Commerce Ave. Suite #9, in Immokalee. You may also call 239-657-2198.

Walk-in Center Dates and Times
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Spanish
World Renew Disaster Response Services (Esté atento a nuestras camisetas verdes) se está asociando con el Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition para reunirse con usted individualmente para recopilar datos, prioridades necesarias y conectarlo con los recursos que pueda necesitar. Un Centro Walk-in estará disponible en el Centro de Asistencia de Desastres (Salvation Army) ubicado en 2050 Commerce Ave. # 9 en Immokalee. También puede llamar al 239.657.2168 para obtener información adicional o asistencia.

Centro de Asistencia Fechas y Horarios
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Creole
Mondyal Renouvle Sèvis Repons Dezas (Gade pou chemiz vèt nou yo) ap fè patenarya avèk Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition vle rankontre avèk ou endividyèlman pou rasanble done, priyorite bezwen epi konekte ak resous ou ka bezwen. Yon Biwo San Randevou ap disponib nan Sant Asistans Dezas (Salvation Army) ki chita nan 2050 Commerce Ave. # 9 nan Immokalee. Ou ka rele 239.657.2168 pou plis enfòmasyon oswa asistans.

Biwo San Randevou Dat ak Lé
Jed. Fev. 8, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Vend. Fev. 9, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sam. Fev. 10, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Len. Fev. 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mad. Fev. 13, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mek. Fev. 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Travis can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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