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Business Assistance from Hurricanes Irma, Hermine and Matthew

The following programs are types of assistance that may become available for businesses after a disaster. Programs may be activated or granted as the need is identified. The listing below is not an indication of the programs that may currently be available.

Click HERE for an overview of potential disaster assistance that could be made available.

Program Name

Date Activated

Counties Activated

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

October 10, 2016


Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center

Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center - The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (VBEOC) is an online clearinghouse for information that the private and public sectors can use before, during, and after disasters. Once registered, businesses may use the tools on the site to report their status, complete a business damage assessment, or even offer or request resources. All of this information feeds directly into the State Emergency Operations Center to provide emergency management professionals with the status and needs of the business community during a disaster. This information is integral to receiving State and Federal disaster assistance funds. 

Business Damage Assessments
The Business Damage Assessment (BDA) tool allows businesses to report any damages they suffered during a disaster. The information in these BDAs is vital to receiving State and Federal disaster loans and grants. A series of questions are asked to provide the best picture possible of the impacts sustained. Some of those questions addressed are:

  • The type of damage sustained
  • Your anticipated reopen time
  • Other factors impeding your business’s operations
  • Information about the types of assistance available

Resource System
The Resource System within the VBEOC allows businesses to work directly with each other to help fill their resource gaps. When the resource system is made active, businesses can enter in the resources they can offer or, if overwhelmed, the resources they need. This allows the private sector to work directly with one another and ensure that the needs of the whole community are met during a disaster.

Hurricane Irma Archive

Hurricane Hermine Archive

Hurricane Matthew Archive


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