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Hurricane Idalia – Resources for Businesses

Hurricane Idalia

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


County of Volusia Updates

  • 08/29/23

Volusia County offices will remain open during normal operating hours on Tuesday, Aug. 29. All Volusia County offices will be closed until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The Emergency Operations Center and all personnel responding to Hurricane Idalia will remain operational.

All 14 branches of the Volusia County Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. They will reopen at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30. Residents who lose power can use any branch as a cooling station.


Storm Preparation Resources

  • Shelters
    • General Shelter (pet friendly)

      • Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand (general population and pets)

    • Special Needs Shelter (pet friendly)

      • Florida Department of Health, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach (special needs shelter)

  • Sandbag Information
    • Sandbag information is listed for all 16 municipalities and unincorporated Volusia County.


Protect and prepare your business with a Business Disaster Continuity Plan

Planning ahead for a disaster can save business owners thousands of dollars in lost revenue due to structural damage, content damage, interruption of operations and employee displacement. We encourage all business owners to prepare their business for the season with the Volusia Prepares Business program checklist.

  • Review property insurance to determine if you have adequate hazard, flood, wind and business interruption insurance.
  • Video and photo document your property, vehicles and inventory before and after the disaster to assist with verifying insurance and tax credit claims.
  • Determine what emergency equipment and supplies are needed to protect and repair your business.
  • Establish plans to protect computers and backup your files. Store backup files in an alternate location.
  • Assemble insurance policies, financial records, inventories and other important documents. Make duplicates and store in alternate safe places.
  • Move files and equipment to higher elevations.
  • Shutter windows and sandbag doors. Cover sensitive equipment.
  • Have a generator ready as a backup until power is restored.
  • Encourage your employees to create a family emergency plan– the sooner they take care of their personal preparations, the quicker they can help prepare your business. 
  • Create a Crisis Communication Plan to communicate with customers, suppliers and employees.
  • Develop an employee alert roster to notify employees during nonworking hours about the status of business operations.
  • Protect employees and only schedule essential personnel during the storm.
  • Arrange alternate payroll methods for your employees with your banking institution after the disaster.
  • Retain a list of emergency support phone numbers for various needs and distribute it to your employees.
  • Know the community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes.
  • Update your plan quarterly and be sure all existing employees and new hires understand the plan.




  • CodeRED – Register to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.


  • Citizens Information Center (activated only during disasters) – Retain this phone number, 866-345-0345, for shelter information, sandbag locations and other disaster updates. The number for the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf is 386-248-1792.

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