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We have established this page to direct our members to resources related to the recovery from Hurricane Irma. Please utilize the programs available to assist your business or the future use of your home. Many state and federal resources are available. 

State/National Assistance

Business Damage Assessment Form………………………………..850-410-1403

Business Damage Assessment Form website.....……………….www.flvbeoc.org 

Damaged or Abandoned Vessels – Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission....................................................................................888-404-3922

FEMA Individual Assistance..………………………………………1-800-621-3362

FEMA Assistance website...……………………www.FEMA.gov/apply-assistance

FEMA Individual Assistance website......……………www.disasterassistance.gov

FEMA Individual Assistance App..………………………………..iPhone / Android

Florida Attorney General Price Gouging Hotline.............................866-966-7226

Florida Attorney General’s Price Gouging website http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/0/308348F71208C29085256EED00604673?OpenDocument

Florida Bar – free legal assistance…………………………………...866-550-2929

Florida Bar – free legal assistance website..........…………….www.floridabar.org

Florida Dept. of Financial Services Insurance Claim Hotline.......1-850-413-3089

Florida Dept. of Financial Services Insurance Complaint website http://www.fldfs.com/Division/Consumers/needourhelp.htm

Florida Emergency Management……………………………………800-342-3557

Florida Emergency Management website.....…….http://www.floridadisaster.org/

Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate…………………………..1-877-693-5236

Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate website http://www.fldfs.com/division/ica/HurricanePreparedness.htm

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation............................................850-413-3140

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website.............................http://floir.com/

Florida Real-Time Traffic Information…………………………………………….511

Florida Real-Time Traffic Information website...……..https://fl511.com/List/Alerts

Florida Small Business Development Center...……………………..850-898-3489

Florida Small Business Development Center email..Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org

Report Insurance Fraud..................................................................800-342-2762

Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans...…………………800-659-2955

Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans website

www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program…………………850-898-3489

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program website www.floridadisasterloan.org

State Volunteer and Donations.......................................................800-354-3571

State Volunteer......www.volunteerflorida.org or email irma@volunteerflorida.org

VISIT FLORIDA Hurricane Recovery Support................... VISITFLORIDA.org/Recovery

VISIT FLORIDA wants to make sure your business receives additional support in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The following programs are available immediately to core tourism businesses located in the impacted areas listed below. For more information and to view VISIT FLORIDA's Post-Hurricane Marketing Plan, as well as other resources, go to VISITFLORIDA.org/Recovery.
Complimentary Brochure Distribution at all 5 Official Florida Welcome Centers
Available through March 31, 2018, businesses may ship a maximum of 2,000 brochures per Welcome Center for distribution. Please ship your brochures directly to the center(s) of your choice. For more information on shipping and to secure your brochure placement, please contact the Visitor Services Department at welcomecenter@VISITFLORIDA.org.
Complimentary Lobby Booth Program at 4 Highway Welcome Centers
Available through March 31, 2018, businesses may schedule a time to participate in the Lobby Booth Display program. Please contact the Welcome Center(s) of your choice to schedule a time. For contact information, click here.
Complimentary VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Partnership
Core tourism businesses located within Florida have the opportunity to get a Small Business Marketing Partnership free of charge through March 31, 2018. With the Marketing Partnership, businesses receive an Enhanced Web Listing on VISITFLORIDA.com, the ability to submit social media posts, the ability to promote Partner-to-Partner specials and more. To submit your enrollment application, click here.
Exposure on VISIT FLORIDA's Media Website
Businesses are encouraged to submit news releases to be posted on our media website. Press releases should provide newsworthy updates for consumer travel media and offer a story idea that is unique and compelling to your local Florida area. All news releases are subject to review and approval. Please email your information and photos to pr@VISITFLORIDA.org
Participation in these programs is limited to core tourism businesses in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia. If you are a business in a county that is not listed, but feel you should qualify, please email Industry Relations at partner@VISITFLORIDA.org.

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IRS tax relief for federally designated disaster areas. IRS website

In response to Hurricane Irma, FEMA has activated the Emergency Lodging Assistance program. All lodging operators are encouraged to sign-up here. The ELA provides lodging reimbursement for pre-qualified individuals from designated disaster areas. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the ELA program to provide temporary shelter as a result of a Federal disaster declaration. As administrator for this FEMA-funded preparedness initiative, CLC provides rules-based payments for all qualified applicants at participating hotels. Lodging properties can review frequently asked questions here, call 1-866-545-9865 or email femahousing@clclodging.com for assistance. Individuals or families searching for lodging may contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.

 

9/27/17 Hurricane IRMA Webinar Watch the Hurricane IRMA webinar, Legal, Insurance and Travel

Contact Information For Our Presenters/Participants

Attorney Keith Brady, Keith Brady Law, 727-820-1067 email Keith

Nancy DiRienzo, Red Sky Travel Insurance, 850-501-2520 email Nancy

Doug Fudge, President - Fudge & Associates, Inc. 407-965-4168 email Doug

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