Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Pandemic (COVID-19), Hurricane Recovery and Business Resources

Loans. FEMA Info. Business Assistance & Opportunities.

Business Recovery Programs & Information

  1. COVID-19 | Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
    The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council continues to monitor the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
    Business Resources confirmed-to-date are outlined below.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Miami and Orlando COVID Response & Relief Business Programs

    The Miami and Orlando COVID Response & Relief Business Programs are operated by Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council and is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Award. The COVID Response & Relief Business Program is a federal program that provides assistance to minority-owned companies. Its goal is to provide results-oriented services, free of charge to businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Southern Florida Office

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    Central & Northern Florida Office

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  8. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    License, insurance and consumer complaint information.

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  9. 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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  10. Florida Department of Revenue
  11. 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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  12. 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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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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  7. Department of Commerce Resources and Links
The items below should last you three to 14 days. Items with an asterisk (*) are to be taken
with you if you are planning to evacuate to a Red Cross Evacuation Center.

Emergency Supply Kit

  1. The Basics
    • Drinking water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Manual can opener
    • Nonperishable foods*
    • Canned meat, fish, fruit or vegetables
    • Bread in moisture proof packaging
    • Cookies, candy or dried fruit
    • Canned soups and nonperishable milk
    • Powdered or single-serve drinks
    • Cereal or granola bars
    • Flashlight (one per person) *
    • Portable battery powered lanterns
    • Large trash bags
    • Battery operated radio *
    • Extra batteries, including hearing aid batteries
    • First aid kit including aspirin, antibiotic cream
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Sunscreen (45 SPF recommended)
    • Waterproof matches / butane lighter
    • Money *
    • Unscented bleach or water purification tablets
    • Maps of the area with landmarks on it
    • Packaged ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise
    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Instant tea or coffee
  2. Cooking
    • Sterno fuel
    • Portable camp stove or grill with utensils
    • Stove fuel, charcoal with lighter fluid or propane
    • Disposable eating utensils, plates and cups
    • Napkins and paper towels
    • Aluminum foil
    • Oven mitts
  3. Personal Supplies
    • Prescription medicines (one-month supply and copy of prescriptions) *
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Toilet paper
    • Entertainment: books, games, toys and magazines *
    • Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag *
    • Change of clothing *
    • Rain ponchos and work gloves
    • Extra eyeglasses or contacts
  4. Important Documents
    • Insurance documents
    • A list of all your important contacts (family, doctors, insurance agents)
    • Banking information
    • Leases / mortgage
    • Proof of occupancy (such as utility bill) *
    • Photo inventory of your personal belongings *
    • Waterproof container to store the documents
  5. Baby and Pet Supplies
    • Disposable diapers *
    • Formula, food and medication *
    • Bottles and feeding utensils
    • Dry and/or canned food
    • Manual can opener
    • Bowls for food and water to attach to the cage/carrier
    • ID tags and collars
    • Proof of recent immunizations
    • Water (half-gallon per day)
    • Litter box and supplies
    • Litter scooper
    • Carrying container
    • Plastic poop bags
  6. Other Necessities
    • Tool box
    • ABC-rated fire extinguisher
    • Masking tape or duct tape
    • Outdoor extension cords
    • Spray paint
    • Standard single line phone (that does not require electricity)
    • Local phone book
    • Roofing tarps or plastic sheeting
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