New Tampa area creating local hurricane network to help hurricane victims

TAMPA — The New Tampa area is creating its own network to help hurricane victims by connecting different organizations together. 

Luis Viera, councilman for New Tampa and North Tampa area is working to create a network for where to turn for help.

"If you are a working family on a fixed income, a Category 1 can feel like a Category 3 storm," he said. 

Viera said people in the North Tampa area missed work, were without electricity for two to three days and lost out on food they had to throw out. 

Albert Burrus lives in the university area and tells ABC Action News his family lost out in all the food they stocked up on. "It hit financially," he said. 

Viera said the main thing is organization and coordination. That's why he has started to organize different compassionate stakeholders like University Area CDC, Crossover Church, Innovation Place, Trinity Cafe, and the New Tampa Rotary Club. 

He said this will help know what sites and resources are available. 

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