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New Website Will Help Florida Businesses Prepare for Natural Disasters

by FloridaWest News




FloridaWest EDA is joining with the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Visit Pensacola, The Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, Century Chamber of Commerce and the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce to help Escambia County businesses better prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) recently launched a new website, , which has important information and resources. Businesses are encouraged to register at before a storm arrives. Registration is free, and the site provides great resources for businesses before, during and after a storm or disaster. Businesses will have access to a Business Disaster Toolkit, road closure info, resource listings, Business Damage Assessment applications, and information on aid such as Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans and SBA Disaster Loans.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Businesses that take the time to prepare today can open their doors faster after a disaster. Using the resources at, and through connections with local economic development organizations, business owners can make their communities more resilient and better prepared to weather any storm.”
Scott Luth, CEO of FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance said, “Getting businesses up and running, and employees back to work, after a disaster is critical to our community. The Business Damage Assessment Survey is a valuable tool that will aid in that process.”
We also encourage you to log on to  Be Ready Escambia  for the latest information local information and sign up for email updates. is a partnership between DEO and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Other partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce, Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation, VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and others. DEO is the lead agency for the support of business, industry and economic stabilization during a statewide disaster.