Resources for responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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CDC Interim Guidance for Business and Employers
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Community Action Survey
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced the launch of a new community action survey, StrongerThanC-19, designed to aid Florida as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. This cutting-edge tool gives residents the power to unite in the fight to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Florida.
Business Damage Assessment Survey for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local 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.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Florida DEO Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
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.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Available for Florida Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the coronavirus.
All 67 Florida counties are included in the disaster declaration.
Small Business Technical Assistance
Florida SBDC disaster specialists can assist small businesses in developing a preparedness plan and with other strategies to safeguard their employees and customers, and ensure the continued operation of their business.
Upon activation of disaster assistance loan programs, Florida SBDC business consultants, many of whom are Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Certified Business Continuity Professionals, will be available to assist small businesses to prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges at no-cost.
USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
The guide lists Federal Programs that can help rural communities, organizations, and residents Impacted by COVID-19.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), administered by the Florida DEO, provides assistance to individuals whose employment has been either lost or interrupted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Short-Time Compensation Program For Employers
The Short-Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.
The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.
GIS WebTech COVID-19 Impact Planning Reports
These reports are free to FEDC members. They do not include infection rates but rather provide a summary of key demographic and healthcare indicators for each community that are helpful to informed decision-making. They are in the form of a two-page infographic package and come in pdf, image and HTML files.
SEDC Business Retention Expansion COVID-19 Business Impact Assessment
SEDC is pleased to be a founding member of the Response Network Steering Committee and encourages our members and ant their constituents to take this critical survey to help measure the impact of COVID-19 on existing businesses. Please share the link.
Resource specific to second stage private sector companies
GrowFL has established a call line for second stage C-Suite executives to schedule a 30-minute appointment with one of the GrowFL Experts. These are our GrowFL Corporate Partners and a trusted resource to you who can provide assistance during this time.
To schedule a 30-minute call, visit the GrowFL Expert Page and click on the calendar at the bottom of the page. GrowFL is also maintaining a COVID-19 resource hub.
Manufacturer Resources and Requests
AIF, SpaceFlorida, and FloridaMakes accelerate critical connections between Florida Manufacturers and Businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic with Connex Florida.
Supply Chain Disruption Planning courtesy of FloridaMakes
Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is seeking the assistance of Florida manufacturers and suppliers to fill the needs of Florida’s hospitals and emergency care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including N95 masks, face shields and gowns.
EDO Disaster Plan templates that can be easily customized for your organization and service area.
- EDO Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) PDF
- EDO Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) Word Doc
- EDO CEMP Customization Guide
The Word Doc may not download for certain combinations of computers and browsers. If that is the case for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESF-18 Private Sector Partner and Tourism Call hosted by the Florida Department of Health
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Call-In Number: 888-585-9008
Participant Code: 872-128-152
This is a weekly conference call hosted by the Florida Department of Health to disseminate the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 to private sector and tourism partners in Florida. All private sector and tourism partners are invited to participate in the call. There will be an opportunity for questions as time permits.
Situation Updates from the Florida Department of Health
Briefing from the Department of Economic Opportunity
Updates from other State Agencies
Questions from Partners
This call is intended solely for the tourism and private sector partners in Florida. Other partners should relay any questions or concerns to their local county health department.
Contact the Joint Information Center at JIC-Reports@em.myflorida.com for help with any technical issues with the Conference Call.
Florida Health tracking page for COVID-19 Infections