Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery
The Greenhouse is here to help you navigate and find the resources you need during your Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.
The following information and key resources are geared specifically to businesses during this post-emergency event.
Assessment and Assistance
- Register your business at the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC)
- The FLVBEOC is a partnership between the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy, designed to provide disaster resources for business, before, during and after a storm.
- Registering with the FLVBEOC is mandatory in order to receive assistance on most applications. Registration also enables the state to track storm impact, in order to assess damages and deploy funds from the federal government.
- Complete a Damage Assessment with the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC)
- The FLVBEOC Damage Assessment is for businesses that were damaged during Hurricane Irma. This is the primary portal for private sector damage assessments and recovery. 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.
- In order to complete the Damage Assessment, you will first be required to register your business with the FLVBEOC.
- If you do not yet have power or internet access, we have paper copies available and can assist you with filing the assessment online.
Disaster Loan Assistance
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance
- SBA Disaster Loans are low-interest loans from the SBA for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.
- Currently there are four (4) programs provided by SBA for businesses in a declared disaster area:
- Home + Personal Property Loans
- Business Physical Disaster Loans – geared for physical loss and damage of your business
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans – geared for economic injury regardless of physical damage
- Military Reservists Economic Injury Loans
- If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact our partners at Florida SBDC at Pinellas County: (727) 453-7200 or PCED.org/SBALoan
- 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. There is a capped amount to this loan program.
- For more on the Emergency Bridge Loan program, call (727) 453-7200 or visit PCED.org/bridge
- FEMA Disaster Assistance
- Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.
- Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
FEMA vs. SBA? Here’s an article that explains further.
- Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED)
- PCED is open – Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to assist you with your business damage assessment and recovery.
- City of St. Petersburg
- The City of St. Petersburg can assist with downed trees, street debris, pot holes or similar concerns. Please call the Mayor’s Action Center at (727) 893-7111 or report directly with the See Click Fix St. Petersburg app
- Helpful Numbers:
- Police Non-Emergency (727) 893-7780
- Downed Power Lines 1-800-228-8485
- The Greenhouse
- Unsure of where to go? Call us at (727) 893-7146 and one of our Business Liaisons will be glad to assist you.
Other Helpful Links & Information
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