Call 1-800-451-1954
for free help from local relief agencies after Hurricane Matthew

Florida – October 8, 2016 – From now through
November 4, 2016, Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery (, a Florida based 501c3 non-profit
organization and the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (,
are staffing a free hotline for debris removal and home cleanup after Hurricane
Matthew. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief
agencies that will assist in mud-outs, debris removal, and cleaning up homes,
as they are able. All services are free, but SERVICE IS NOT GUARANTEED due to
the overwhelming need.

“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 Joe Hillis, Director of ITDRC whose volunteers are staffing
the hotlines.

“We are offering this service through
November 4th to help facilitate rapid solutions by the various aid agencies
standing by to assist those affected by the floods,” says Jula Benson,
Resource and Volunteer Manager for Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery.  “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
for their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to

Importantly, this hotline cannot assist with
social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about
FEMA registration. For access to other community resources, survivors should
call 2-1-1. Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery is currently accepting
volunteers to assist with relief effort. If you are interested in volunteering
and would like more information, please contact Jula Benson by phone at
407-922-9285 or by email at

Survivors needing assistance with home cleanup
may call: 1-800-451-1954 until November
4, 2016.

Twitter:  @HeartsHandsDR @CrisisCleanup