Business Resources

 

Florida Division of Emergency Management Latest Updates: Get the latest information on any state emergency activation, including evacuation zones, road closures, mobile access, shelters, contact information and more.

Emergency State Assistance Information Line: The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. The SAIL hotline is: 1-800-342-3557.

Florida SBDC Network: The Florida SBDC Network provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed including disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The Florida SBDC Network has more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community.

Disaster Business Damage Assessment Survey: Businesses that are damaged after a state-designated emergency can fill out the Damage Assessment Survey to provide information about the damage and connect with available resources. The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: The purpose of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program is to provide a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses impacted by a disaster. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Long-Term Recovery Resources: The mission of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is to help communities achieve their long-term goals and grow their local economy after a disaster, when the recovery of a community can affect its ability to succeed for years to come. The agency is the state point of contact for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery programs.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance: The purpose of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is to provide benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a major disaster.

EmployFlorida Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal: Find jobs related to recent disasters.

Volunteer Florida: Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during and after disasters. In partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Volunteer Florida coordinates with Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and local and state government emergency management agencies to meet volunteer and donation needs and mobilizes and deploys resources to assist communities responding to and recovering from disaster.