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Dear Sarasota County EDC Board Members, Investors, Community Partners, and Friends,

We hope you and your families are safe during these challenging times.

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated today the Business Damage Assessment Survey . Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses. We highly encourage you to take this survey if you have not already done so.

On September 24, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties in the State of Florida.

Results from the Business Damage Assessment Survey will be shared with various federal, state, and local agencies to implement appropriate relief. Businesses can complete the survey online or visit FloridaDisaster.biz and select “Hurricane Ian” from the dropdown menu. If you need additional assistance with your business, please call 850-815-4925 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or email ESF-18@em.myflorida.com.

In addition to this survey, we are sharing a list of helpful business disaster relief services below.

Stay safe,

The EDC Team

Florida Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18
The State Emergency Response Team is responding to Hurricane Ian. The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at Level 1: Full Activation.

ESF 18 is staffed from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Their team is available to respond to any questions, concerns, or unmet needs of the business community. You can reach them by sending an email to ESF18@EM.MyFlorida.com or by calling the Private Sector Hotline at 850-815-4925. For continuous updates visit FloridaDisaster.biz/CurrentDisasterUpdates.

ESF 18, along with The State Emergency Response Team (SERT), is hosting a daily Private Sector Coordination Call from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Briefings will be provided by SERT meteorology, fuels, communications, transportation, and energy, as well as private sector partners such as the Florida Retail Federation, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, VISIT FLORIDA, and more.

Call-in information is provided below:
Phone number: 888-585-9008
Participant Code: 753 329 128

Enterprise Florida has launched a Disaster Assistance Resources Page with a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Learn more in the link here: www.enterpriseflorida.com/disaster-assistance/

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