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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced that his staff will host a comprehensive recovery assistance center in Panama City to assist individuals, small businesses, and the agricultural industry affected by Hurricane Michael. Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis will make available insurance companies and representatives to provide on-site assistance to policyholders to file or check on an outstanding claim, and obtain needed insurance assistance and information. Floridians who have been denied by FEMA can find out if they qualify to appeal by bringing their denial letter and recent FEMA correspondence.

“My office stands ready to assist the communities in the Northwest Florida as they recover and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Michael,” Rubio said. “I’ve seen the damage inflicted across the Panhandle, and I hope that this recovery assistance center will bring much-needed relief for Floridians who suffered hardship after the storm. I’m committed to ensuring that the Panhandle comes back stronger than ever, and I’m grateful to the organizations, companies, and government agencies who are participating in this effort.”

Location:
Bay High School, John L. Cobb Gymnasium
301 E. 13th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
     
Dates and Times:
Thursday, Dec. 6 – 10am – 5pm CST
Friday, Dec. 7 – 11am – 7pm CST
Saturday, Dec. 8 – 10am – 2pm CST
     
Confirmed participating organizations, companies, and federal and state agencies*:
American Red Cross
Big Bend Community Based Care
Bay District Schools
CareerSource Gulf Coast
Early Learning Coalition
Defense Health Agency
Feeding the Gulf Coast
Florida SBDC Network
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
Florida Department of Revenue – Child Support Program
Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis – Florida Department of Financial Services
Florida Association of Food Banks
Florida Council for Community Mental Health
Panama City and Pensacola Veterans Centers
Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Hiland Park Baptist Church
Humana Military - Tricare
Northstar Church
North Florida / S. Georgia Veterans Health System
Samaritan’s Purse / Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office St. Petersburg
Volunteer Florida
     
*This list will be updated as more entities confirm their participation.
    
Participating insurance companies:
Allstate/Castle Key Insurance Company
American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida
American Integrity Insurance Company
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
FL Peninsula/Edison Insurance Company
Heritage Property & Casualty Company
St. Johns Insurance Company
State Farm Insurance Company
Tower Hill Insurance Group
Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company
United States Automobile Association (USAA)
Cabrillo Coastal General Insurance Agency representing:
National Fire and Marine Insurance Company
Safe Harbor Insurance Company
US Coastal Property & Casualty Insurance Company

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