MAF works tirelessly to improve the business climate of Florida's manufacturers and manufacturing industry. This includes sharing resources during Florida's natural disasters. As members of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) we are able to keep our members engaged with government leaders, state agencies, community and partner organizations before, during and after storms.
BUSINESS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
If your business has been damaged in a hurricane, please take the Business Damage Assessment. The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses. This survey assists the State with determining if relief services for businesses should be activated. The Business Damage Assessment can be found here.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Per a Presidential Disaster Declaration, eligible businesses from the following counties can receive Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration: Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, Saint Johns.  Click here to apply.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Okeechobee, Pasco, Polk, Volusia. Click here to Apply.

 

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
This State of Florida program provides short term, interest free, working capital loans, which are intended to "bridge the gap" between the disaster event, and when the business obtains other long-term recovery resources (or resumes normal operations). All 67 Florida counties are eligible.

  • Loan amounts are available between $1k and $25k
  • Loans are interest free
  • Loan term is between 90 and 180 days; loans must be repaid in full by the end of the loan term
  • Learn more here

    Disaster Unemployment Assistance
    Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. Learn more here.

    Temporary Housing
    Florida residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma may search for available housing using FloridaHousingSearch.org. Property owners and managers, you can help by adding and/or updating listing of available units. Login now, or call toll-free 1-877-428-8844 for assistance.

 

Report suspected price gouging by calling 1-866-966-7226

The victims of any natural disaster, be it a hurricane, flood or earthquake, have unfortunately become victims of scam artists out to profit from the misery of others. Below is some information on how to protect yourself from becoming a further victim after an initial disaster strikes.

Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the State of Florida enacted a law that prohibits "price gouging" after a declared state of emergency.