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Resources for Florida Lawyers Displaced by Hurricane Irma

UPDATE – The Florida Bar – Young Lawyers Division seeks your help!


Hundreds of Florida citizens are calling the Bar’s Disaster Relief Hotline in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Most need only simple advice, and you can help. Sign up here to be a Volunteer.

Attorneys who wish to volunteer to provide free legal answers can register here.

In preparation of Hurricane Irma and Governor Rick Scott’s official state of emergency declaration, the Fastcase team is working with The Florida Bar to make resources available to Florida lawyers. The Florida Bar makes Fastcase’s legal research service available for free to its members, and through December 20, Fastcase is expanding its coverage, making its full research service available to all members.


Although legal research isn’t the first concern for those displaced, with offices, libraries, and legal research passwords literally under water, access to a law library can be a key part of getting a firm back online after a disaster. Our team worked with the Louisiana State Bar Association after Hurricane Katrina, the New York State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and the State Bar of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s historic impact. 


To access Fastcase, just follow this link to go to the Florida Bar’s website and log in there. In addition, the Fastcase team is setting up an alternate login portal in case the Bar site goes down – this post will be updated as soon as that portal is live.


Throughout the long-expected recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Fastcase team will work with you to get your firm and your clients back on your feet. If you have any questions or need support, contact us toll free at 1-866-77-FASTCASE (866.773.2782) or support@fastcase.com.



Other Emergency Resources


Please find below a list of links to disaster resources provided by the Florida Bar and others.

Florida Supreme Court – Stay up-to-date with any and all announcements from the Florida Supreme Courts, from district closures to emergency orders.

Emergency Management – Chapter 252 – Review Florida’s State Emergency Management Act, its provisions and resources available to the public.


Attorneys who wish to volunteer for disaster relief work, please visit FL Disaster Volunteer Information.

Check back here to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency when and if it becomes available, click here.

To download the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mobile app, click here.


Disaster Relief Contacts & Resources


Please review the contacts and resources listed below. They can help you prepare for, survive, and recover from a disaster. 



American Red Cross

(800) HELP-NOW

Salvation Army

(800) SAL-ARMY

Missing Persons Registries

(866) GET-INFO


Twitter Accounts to Follow

NWS Tamps Bay


National Hurricane Center


Sarasota Cnty. Emergency Servs.


Manatee Cnty. Public Safety


The Florida Bar




FL State Emergency Response Team


Gov. Rick Scott





Florida Resources 

State of Florida

(850) 488-7146

Florida Division of Emergency Management

(800) 342-3557

Office of the Attorney General – Consumer Protection

(866) 966-7226

FL Office of Insurance Regulation

(850) 413-3140

Florida Department of Health

(850) 245-4444

2-1-1 Florida Information and Referral Network

(866) 728-8445 (or dial 2-1-1)

5-1-1 Florida – real time traffic information and alerts

(dial 5-1-1)


Legal Resources 

Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute

(866) 730-2020

The Florida Bar

(850) 561-5600

FL Bar Lawyer Referral Services

(800) 342-8011

Broward Cnty. Bar Association Lawyer Referral Serv.

(954) 764-8310

FL Price Gouging Hotline Section 501.160 FL Stat.

(866) 9-NO-SCAM


Online resources, including free and low-cost civil legal assistance in Florida, self-help resources for legal problems, and where to find legal aid

Florida Legal Services

(407) 801-4350

FL Courts Legal Aid Directory


National Disaster Legal Aid website


O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law



Federal Resources 


(800) 232-4636

FEMA’s Federal Disaster Assistance Process for Individuals

(800) 621-FEMA (3362)

Department of Homeland Security

(202) 282-8000

Government Benefits Search

(800) 333-4636

Administration for Community Living

(202) 619-0724

Dept. of Health and Human Services

(877) 696-6775

Centers for Disease Control

(800) CDC-INFO

Small Business Administration

(800) 659-2955


Weather Safety Tips
For safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms, and flooding, visit the Florida’s Sever Weather Awareness Guide.


Psychological & Counseling Resources 

Phases of Traumatic Stress Reactions in a Disaster

American Red Cross

Salvation Army

Florida Department of Health

FL Dep’t of Children & Families – Mental Health Services


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