Disaster Recovery Programs



  • The bridge loan program supports businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma by providing short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The program bridges the gap between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources, such as payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

  • Applications must be completed by Nov. 30, 2017; apply at www.floridadisasterloan.org.

  • For more information, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.

  • Businesses can also complete a damage assessment survey in the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda_list. Click on Hurricane Irma.


  • The Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program will provide interest-free loans to citrus growers that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. Governor Scott has dedicated $25 million to citrus growers whose crops were devastated by Hurricane Irma. Loans will be available in amounts up to $150,000 for a term of 12 months.

  • Applications must be completed by Nov. 30, 2017; apply at www.floridadisasterloan.org.

  • For more information, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.


  • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program provides assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma.

  • Workers can apply if they worked, were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment and are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.

  • The deadline for Florida residents to apply is Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

  • For information on DUA and instructions on how to apply online, visit www.floridajobs.org or call 1-800-204-2418 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • Dislocated Worker Grants are awarded for temporary employment to workers affected by major dislocations, including natural disasters.

  • Disaster relief employment can be in the form of temporary jobs to address structural and humanitarian needs of residents of an area that have suffered a federally-declared emergency or major disaster.

  • Disaster relief employment is restricted to projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other humanitarian assistance for disaster victims and projects that involve demolition, cleaning, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged structures and facilities.

  • Individuals who qualify for disaster relief employment are people who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster, dislocated workers and individuals who are long-term unemployed.

  • For information regarding National Dislocated Worker Grants, visit your local CareerSource Center at www.careersourceflorida.com/your-local-team.


What is Disaster Unemployment Assistance?
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides assistance to individuals whose employment has been either lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster, as declared by the President of the United States.

Who is eligible for DUA?
DUA is available to unemployed workers or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a
direct result of the disaster. DUA is also available to those individuals who became the breadwinner, or major support provider, due to the death of the head of household and as a direct result of the disaster.

How do I file a claim?
Claims can be filed online at www.floridajobs.org or by calling 1-800-204-2418. Proof of employment at the time of the disaster is required within 21 days of filing the DUA application. Instructions will be provided as to where to fax or mail this required documentation. Your personal income tax return (Federal Form 1040 and attachments) or other proof of employment (e.g. 1099) and wages you earned in calendar year 2016 may also be requested.

What should I keep in mind when filing a DUA claim?
Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits supersede DUA. Any person determined eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits, even in the case of a disaster, would not be eligible for DUA benefits. You must report all earnings weekly. If you are paid by your employer during your absence from work or if you return to work, you must report these earnings on your weekly request for payment. Vacation pay must also be reported on your weekly request for payment.

How many weeks can I receive?
Individuals eligible for DUA will be paid weekly benefits in accordance with federal and state regulations. The DUA benefit duration is determined weekly up to 27 weeks.

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  • This map allows businesses and local officials to see the availability of active job seekers who possess skills needed for hurricane recovery efforts in their area.

  • Looking for a new job? Try www.EmployFlorida.com, one of the largest job banks in the country, to search for thousands of jobs located right here in Florida.

  • If you still need additional assistance after Hurricane Irma, the federal government offers access to disaster resources at www.disasterassistance.gov

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