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Below are links to your local disaster services in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, including emergency shelters near you, disaster planning, and social media accounts to follow in the case of a hurricane, flood, or other disaster.

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From Hello to Help, 211 was here for people in the U.S. and Canada over 20 million times last year. Everyone who contacts 211 gets easy, free and confidential help with food, utilities, rent and more. Check out all the ways this vital service serves communities.

211 does more than "patch people through" to agencies. Instead, 211 specialists are trained to identify root causes of a client's problem - and connect them with a wide range of available resources that meet all the underlying needs.

No matter the situation, the specialists at 211 listen, identify underlying problems, and connect people in need with resources and services in their community that improve their lives. In 2018 alone, 211s in the US answered more than 11 million contacts for support.

Kids and teens can get free meals this summer, no applications necessary. Sites are located at places like schools, libraries, and churches, offering breakfast, lunch, snacks or supper. Find the site nearest to you: https://summerbreakspot.fdacs.gov/

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