News From The Office of Governor DeSantis

The Governor has announced that all state bridges in areas impacted by Hurricane Idalia have been cleared by FDOT, including Cedar Key Bridge. This is an important step in the recovery process and will allow first responders, law enforcement, utility linemen and supplies to come onto the island. FDOT has nearly 700 team members deployed to the impacted areas, which includes nearly 100 Bridge Inspectors and 224 Cut and Toss crew members. Those crew members have cleared 6,600 miles of roadway. Nearly 250 pieces of major equipment, including 140 dump trucks, 59 pumps, and 207 other heavy equipment (front-end loaders, skid-steers, etc.) have been deployed with FDOT crews. Nearly 1,100 generators have been deployed to help restore traffic signals.

Click here for a complete recap of State Response Efforts, Health and Human Services, Infrastructure Roads and Closures, and Resources for Business from the Governor’s Office, click here.


FloridaCommerce Activates Business Damage Assessment Survey to Measure Impact of Damage caused by Hurricane Idalia

FloridaCommerce and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Idalia. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses.

Businesses can complete the survey online by visiting and selecting “Hurricane Idalia” from the dropdown menu.

If you need additional assistance with your business, please call the private sector hotline at 850-815-4925. The hotline was activated on Sunday, August 27, 2023, and the hotline will be operational between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or you can email

Executive Order- State of Emergency August 28, 2023

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. – 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.

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