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LASER to schedule more interviews with residents affected by the Feb. 2 tornadoes

RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2007

TAVARES — The Lake and Sumter Emergency and Recovery (LASER) program continues efforts to help victims of the Feb. 2 tornadoes to recover from the disaster by scheduling a second round of case management interviews.

LASER is requesting disaster victims of Lake and Sumter counties who still need disaster recovery assistance and have not yet registered with LASER, to contact the not-for-profit
recovery agency.

Disaster-affected residents in either Lake or Sumter counties who have not yet registered with LASER, are asked to call the LASER office at (352) 483-1029, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to schedule a personal interview to assess any unmet needs. The second round of interviews will begin the week of July 23.

LASER strives to coordinate long-term recovery efforts following a disaster. The coalition’s primary purpose is developing a mechanism to manage the flow of volunteers and donations when communities in Lake and Sumter counties are severely impacted by a catastrophe.

The organization has received private donations as well as operational grant monies from Volunteer Florida Foundation, Florida Conference United Methodist Church and Church World Services. Staff from the Lake County Community Development Block Grant Program has identified $200,000 to assist with wells, utility services and septic systems that were destroyed or made unusable. Lake County has also applied for other funds from the state for long-term recovery.

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