Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Important

Volusia Business Resources and all its affiliates are committed to providing local area businesses with the most up-to-date information to help during this trying time of recovery.

Below is a list of federal, state, and local resources available to aid you and your employees during this critical time.  

We understand your level of stress, however, it is important to complete disaster assistance applications for your business and to share resources for individual assistance with your employees. Below are a few resources to get you started.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register at DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

Business Damage Assessment Survey: A required document for those applying for federal and state disaster assistance. The survey helps define the scope of damage/disruption on households and businesses.

Website: https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments                                    

Business Response & Recovery Programs: Federal

FEMA

Description: Disaster victims can obtain additional information and apply for disaster assistance through FEMA in various ways. A toll-free number has been established by FEMA for disaster victims to apply for certain types of disaster programs and obtain information about others. You can obtain information by calling. Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362) – Website: www.fema.gov

Update 10/12/22:

FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to assist Volusia County residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. The DRC will be at the Florida Department of Health- Volusia, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Website for more information: https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/news-releases-pin.stml?portalProcess_dd_0_1_1=showPublicEvent&calendar_entry_id=85500&fbclid=IwAR3Psmm-rqqWoM_cKo-HgvZibkEyRb3bVSEuKM975fP_5j0cfXAw11Um2O0

SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration)

Small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives suffering a substantial economic injury may be eligible for an economic injury disaster loan of up to $1.5 million to meet necessary financial obligations – Bills the company would have paid if the disaster had not occurred. Phone: (800) 659-2955 – Website: www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Physical Disaster Loans

SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) Description: Businesses of all sizes may apply for a Physical Disaster Loan of up to $1.5 million to repair or replace damaged real estate, equipment, inventory and fixtures. These loans will cover uninsured or under-insured losses. Phone: (800) 659-2955 – Website: www.sba.gov

IRS Excise Tax

Description: IRS will waive tax penalties on disasters on a case-by-case basis. Phone: (800) 829-1040 – Website: www.irs.gov/businesses

 

Business Response & Recovery Programs: Florida

SBA Business Recovery Center Open in Sanford 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is operating a Mobile Business Recovery Center (MBRC) in Sanford. Customer service representatives will assist Floridians with applying for SBA disaster loan assistance for losses due to Hurricane Ian that began Sept. 23.  The MBRC is at Sanford Information Center, 230 E. First St., Sanford. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Hurricane and Disaster Relief Worksite Agreement

Entities wanting to receive temporary workers during hurricanes and other disasters at no cost to their organization can contact Robin King, President/CEO of CareerSource Flagler Volusia (CSFV) for more information and to complete and execute a host worksite agreement. Positions are funded through Disaster Relief funds made available to CSFV through the U.S. Department of Labor. During hurricanes and other disasters, CSFV will coordinate with you to determine the types of workers needed and will be able to provide workers to organizations with executed agreements. Contact Robin King at 386-323-7077 or robinking@careersourcefv.com.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources.

Loans are available up to $50,000—at least $10 million of which must go to small businesses that are agricultural producers impacted by Hurricane Ian in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

To apply:

  • Click on the website link www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL
  • Click the "my applications" button
  • Create a username and password
  • Select Emergency Bridge Loans from the "Loan Programs" dropdown at the top of the page
  • Select the "Apply Now!" button on the bottom of the page

 

Florida Short Time Compensation for Employers Program

Short-Time Compensation (STC) is a temporary alternative work style that will assist employers in keeping their workforce 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 the total layoff of some employees.  Phone: (850) 921-3253 – Website: www.floridajobs.org

Florida Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment benefits for individuals unemployed as a result of the disaster that are not covered by regular state or private unemployment insurance. Applicants have 30 days to file after the disaster is announced. Phone: (800) 204-2418 – www.fluidnow.com

Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal - https://disasterrecovery.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx

 

UTILITIES

Florida Power & Light

Duke Energy

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