Monroe County Emergency Management Hurricane Irma Update (Sept. 27)

Red Cross Distributing Water, Clean-Up Kits, Various Supplies on Big Pine Key

The American Red Cross continues to provide help for people affected by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys. Red Cross volunteers are distributing clean-up kits with mops, buckets, bleach, tarps, trash bags, rakes, shovels and more to help people whose homes were damaged during the Irma disaster.

The major distribution point is on Big Pine Key at 20320 Overseas Highway, at the former Habitat ReStore next to the flea market. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Red Cross assistance is free.

A shelter remains open at the Boy Scouts of America Sea Base/Brinton Environmental Center at 23800 Overseas Highway on Summerland Key. Sleeping quarters are available, and people affected by the hurricane are welcome to stop by for a hot meal, water and snacks, and access to showers.

Trained Red Cross health and mental health workers are providing services to people at the shelter, including emotional support and replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses. Red Cross caseworkers are also on hand to help people create plans for the future, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.

“The Red Cross is making sure that people in the Keys get the help they need,” said Denise Everhart, district director. “We’re continuing our relief efforts throughout the Keys – and we’ll be on the ground for weeks to come helping people recover.”


Information also is available on Facebook @KeysRecovery and Twitter at @keysrecovery

Monroe County’s Information Hotline is back on line at 1-800-955-5504.


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