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Kevin J. Sarlo

  • Hosted by Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Disaster Resilience Program
  • Service location Fort Myers, Florida
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

Kevin J. Sarlo (he/him/his) will work with Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. (FRLS) to provide legal aid and develop disaster resiliency for Floridans impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian may not be in the headlines anymore, but it is still in the everyday lives of Southwest Florida residents. The damage precipitated numerous legal issues between homeowners, their communities, their insurance companies, and contractors, and deepened an affordable housing crisis. FRLS will be a resource for the most vulnerable members of the community—those effectively denied assistance because of limited financial resources, limited English proficiency, or access to necessary technology—and help them navigate these challenges.

Fellowship Plans

During his Fellowship, Kevin and FRLS will be a visible presence in the community, with free walk-in legal clinics at partner organizations. Kevin will also distill FRLS’s disaster-related legal knowledge into a guidebook to be distributed among its employees and updated annually. The project will culminate in an informational presentation to the public about common legal issues before, during, and after a natural disaster.

Inspiration

Hurricane Ian dropped a palm tree through Kevin Sarlo’s bedroom ceiling, and he considers himself lucky compared to others. He was born and raised in Southwest Florida, and he would like to see his community rebound stronger and ready to face whatever comes next.

We cannot stop natural disasters from happening, but we can lift each other up when we fall. In a time when we are hyperaware of daily tragedies we cannot prevent, do what you can, the best that you can.

Kevin J. Sarlo /
2023 Fellow in the Disaster Resilience Program

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