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DEO Activates Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to Survey Businesses in Areas Affected by South-Southwest Florida Flooding

Aug 31, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) Business Damage Assessment survey to gather information on how flooding in South-Southwest Florida may have affected local business operations. In particular, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties’ local businesses may have suffered damage from flooding. 


The program will survey businesses affected by the flooding and share the results with various state and local agencies to implement appropriate relief programs. Affected local businesses should complete a Business Damage Assessment survey that will be used to determine if emergency support programs there are available to help.


The survey can be obtained at by selecting the “South-Southwest FL Flooding” event.


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