Hurricane Season 2022
News From The Office of Governor DeSantis
Click here to access the emergency order issued by Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation on September 28, 2022 prohibiting cancellation or non-renewal of policies until November 28. This order will temporarily shield homeowners from losing policies if their properties are damaged in Hurricane Ian.
DBPR Emergency Order
DBPR Emergency Order 2022-03 grants General, Building and Residential Contractors the authority to repair and install roofs, but only in the 44 counties specified in the Order. Click here for complete details.
Recovery assistance for Individuals
Individual Assistance through FEMA and SBA has been declared eligible in the following counties:
- Charlotte (County)
- Collier (County)
- DeSoto (County)
- Hardee (County)
- Hillsborough (County)
- Lee (County)
- Manatee (County)
- Orange (County)
- Osceola (County)
- Pinellas (County)
- Polk (County)
- Sarasota (County)
- Seminole (County)
Impacted individuals, households, and businesses in the impacted counties are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
Recovery assistance for Florida Businesses
Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey: Businesses that are damaged after a state-designated emergency can fill our 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.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a benefit program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor that assists individuals who become unemployed as a result of a disaster. Eligible applicants may apply on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) website.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Recovery Guide: A collection of resources designed to reopen your business and assist with long-term recovery, including immediate needs, financial assistance, IT disaster recovery, mental health, and community recovery.
IEDC Restore Your Economy: RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to economic recovery from natural disasters and COVID-19. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC’s Economic Development Research Partners program.
Rebuild Florida Office of Long-Term Resiliency: Rebuild Florida was created by DEO to help Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from recent hurricanes. DEO oversees Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, and Michael as well as CDBG-Mitigation funding. The state of Florida is committed to helping homeowners, small businesses and communities recover from recent storms and become more resilient to future disasters.
Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund: The Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund, a resiliency loan fund provided through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, is assisting businesses that experienced physical damage or economic injury from Hurricane Irma. It provides longer-term loans with higher funding levels at market interest rates. Up to $500,000 in financing can be provided to an eligible business for the following purposes: inventory purchases, construction or renovation, working capital needs, capital start-up loans, machinery and equipment purchases, equipment financing, and more.
Resources from NAHB
NAHB Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit – This toolkit has been produced and published to support members and their communities in preparing for and responding to natural disaster. Incudes links, resources, and guidance from a variety of sources including FEMA, OHSA, and SBA.
NAHB’s Natural Disaster Continuity Planning Tool – A short worksheet to assist builders in business continuity planning. Designed as a one-page framework, this resource can help to identify key areas of risk of a business or organization and what solutions may need to be put in place to mitigate
NAHB Housing Industry Hurricane Preparedness Checklist – One-page checklist written for those in the home building industry providing best practices in preparing a worksite for an upcoming hurricane
NAHB Disaster Preparedness and Response Safety Videos - NAHB has produced a series of disaster worksite safety videos for those preparing for and responding to natural disasters. The videos outline best practices in prepping worksites and starting work after a disaster for those home building industry. Each video also has an accompanying one-sheet. All videos and materials also available in Spanish.
Disaster Preparedness: Preparing Home Builders for Disasters – Article from NAHB published in Builder magazine with tips on preparing homebuilders for hurricanes and other disasters.
SBA’s Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Small Businesses – Published by SBA, this comprehensive checklist covers preparing your business for an approaching hurricane.
FloridaDisaster.org – Published by the State of Florida, this website provides up-to-date resources and information regarding incoming storms and evacuation routes.
National Hurricane Center – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center provides up-to-date models and forecasts regarding current tropical weather and hurricanes.