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P.O. Box 2806 (32781-2806)
555 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796
Phone: (321) 567-3774
Fax: (321) 383-5700
The City of Titusville, Florida / Community Development / Economic Development / Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

Helping Businesses Recover from Hurricane Irma
DEO recently launched the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program to help these businesses get back on their feet. 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 for this program must be completed by Oct. 31, 2017; apply online at www.floridadisasterloan.org. For more information about the bridge loan, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.
I also would like to thank all the businesses who have stepped up and donated resources during and after the hurricane to assist Floridians in need. Businesses across Florida are reaching out to help others. If your business would like to help, please go to http://www.volunteerflorida.org/ and click the “donate” tab.  
- Cissy Proctor, DEO Executive Director
Prepare Your Business for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season officially began June 1, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity would like to encourage business owners and managers across the state to be prepared. Preparing for a disaster is the best way to protect your business and ensure it gets up and running quickly after a storm.

Businesses across Florida need to be prepared and have a plan in place for operations before, during and after severe weather and storms, especially during hurricane season. As we know in Florida, hurricanes and severe weather events pose a threat to much of the state. The best way to protect lives, property and our local economies is to prepare in advance. If you don’t already have a plan for your business, make one today at www.FLGetaPlan.com.

DEO urges businesses to do the following right away:
  • Make preparations now – Hurricanes pose risks for flooding and wind damage. Make sure your business is prepared for a flooding event by moving important items off of the floor. Prepare for high winds by removing or fixing broken items on the exterior of your business.
  • Get a plan – Make sure your business’s emergency plan is updated. If you do not have one, go to www.FLGetaPlan.com to make one today for your business and family.
  • Check your disaster supply kit – Review the items in your disaster supply kit to ensure all needed items are there and up-to-date. If you don’t have a disaster supply kit for your home or business, prepare one now.
  • Stay in touch – Keep cell phones charged and make sure all contact information for employees and other important contacts is current and correct. Alert employees to pay attention to news, phone and email, especially during the threat of a hurricane or severe weather.
  • Stay informed – Visit the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center at www.flvbeoc.org today to register your business to receive updates in the event of a severe storm or hurricane.
- Cissy Proctor, DEO Executive Director
Click on link above and register your business.

P. O. Box 2806, (32781-2806) - 555 S. Washington Avenue - Titusville, FL 32796 - Phone: (321) 567-3775 - Fax: (321) 383-5704 - Site by Project A