Disaster Recovery & Preparedness

Hurricane Recovery & Business Resources

Loans. FEMA Info. Business Assistance & Opportunities.

Business Recovery Programs & Information

  1. FEMA
    FEMA provides referrals for business owners and farmers. FEMA may also maintain a list of additional referral resources for business owners and farmers. The referrals may be obtained by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 or by visiting Disaster Declarations. Please select the state in which your disaster occurred.

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  2. SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration)
    The SBA has specific guidelines regarding how the proceeds of such loans may be used. Disaster loans are designed to help you and your business whether an event which has caused either or both of the following: physical damage to your business or property, or economic injury (meaning you can't meet your current obligations in regard to your business).

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  3. Florida Division of Emergency Management
    The Florida Division of Emergency Management is charged with maintaining a comprehensive statewide program of emergency management. The division ensures that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate their impacts.

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  4. Florida Emergency Small Business Bridge Loan Program State of Florida
    Emergency Bridge Loan Program from the State of Florida. $25,000 in short term 0% interest loans for 90 to 180 days for businesses to use while waiting for insurance or other assistance.

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  5. Florida Short Time Compensation for Employers Program
    Short Time Compensation (STC) is a temporary alternative work style that will assist employers in keeping their work force intact. The program permits prorated unemployment compensation benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of an STC plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

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  6. Miami and Orlando MBDA Business Centers
    The Miami and Orlando MBDA Business Centers are operated by Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) and is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).The Business Center assists eligible MBEs in growing their businesses and competing in domestic and global markets. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, leads Federal Government efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s growing minority business enterprise (MBE) community. Through MBDA’s services, MBEs are better equipped to create jobs, contribute to local economies, and sustain America’s position as a world economic leader.
    Miami MBDA Business Center

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    Orlando MBDA Business Center

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  7. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    License, insurance and consumer complaint information.

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  8. Florida Department of Insurance
    The office serves Floridians through its responsibilities for regulation, compliance and enforcement of statutes related to the business of insurance. The Office is also entrusted with the duty of carefully monitoring statewide industry markets.

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  9. Florida Department of Revenue
  10. Florida Disaster
    The Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters. These range from floods and hurricanes to incidents involving hazardous materials or nuclear power. The division prepares and implements a statewide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and routinely conducts extensive exercises to test state and county emergency response capabilities.

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  11. Business Disaster Recovery Plan Template
    A Business Disaster Recovery Plan is the way an organization can prepare for and aid in disaster recovery. This plan prepares for multiple problems. Detailed plans are needed to clearly outline the actions that an organization or particular members of an organization will take to help recover/restore any of its critical operations that may have been either completely or partially interrupted during or after (occurring within a specified period of time) a disaster or other extended disruption in accessibility to operational functions. In order to be fully effective at disaster recovery, these plans are recommended to be regularly practiced as well as outlined.

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Department of Commerce Resources and Links

  1. Department of Commerce Resources

Other Resources

  1. Florida 511
    For Information on Traffic, Road Conditions and Closures.

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  2. Florida Evacuates
    Find out how to access step-by-step directions to a nearby shelter in the event of an emergency.

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  3. National Hurricane Center
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards. The NHC vision is to be America's calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats.

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  4. Register Yourself as “Safe and Well”
    After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.

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  5. Contact Your Local Red Cross Chapter
    Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.

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  6. Zello Walkie-Talkie App
    Stay In Touch With Family and Friends Using Zello Walkie-Talkie App Zello is a free push-to-talk application for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It's lightweight, easy to use and extremely fast. Better yet, it's free and will remain free for personal use. Zello works great over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and even GPRS and EDGE.

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