Many government agencies and programs are expanding their services for lives disrupted by the COVID-19 response.
Business Assistance Resources
- During an activation of the State Emergency Operations center, the Florida Private Sector Hotline is activated. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the lead agency for the State Emergency Response Team Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18. ESF-18 is tasked with coordinating local, state and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance to business and industry as well as economic stabilization.
- Florida Private Sector Hotline: 850-815-4925
- Email: ESF18@em.myflorida.com
- The Business Damage Assessment Survey is now activated to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/.
- The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Information on the Bridge Loan program is available online at https://floridadisasterloan.org/.
- Disaster Loan Assistance is now available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes as well as private non-profit organizations. Apply for a disaster loan with SBA online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/ApplyOnline.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Summer BreakSpot:
Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:
- Reemployment Assistance Application Guide
- Reemployment Assistance COVID-19 (coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions
Florida Department of Health:
- Florida Child Care Food Program
- Florida’s Child Care Food Program (CCFP) intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies offered by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve program participants.
- During an unexpected school closure, schools can leverage their participation in one of USDA’s summer meal programs to provide meals at no cost to students. Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served in a group setting.
- However, in a public health emergency, the law allows USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is vital during a social distancing situation. CCFP is working with USDA to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants.
- Find participating CCFP providers in your area.
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- The Florida WIC program is making accommodations for individual client needs during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Options for accommodations such as remote nutrition counseling in place of in-person office visits may vary by county.
- Please contact your local WIC office for assistance.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation:
- Executive Order 20-68 directs restrictions on the operations of certain bars, pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants. If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-68, please report the information here.
- The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about the unknown can sometimes feel overwhelming to adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call the Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517). Trained counselors are available to talk with you 24/7. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website: https://www.samhsa.gov/disaster-preparedness
President’s Coronavirus Guidelines:
- If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Information is available online here: http://www.floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/ra-dua-documentation/dua-faqs-3-17-20-updates.pdf?sfvrsn=805543b0_4.