Hurricane Recovery Support

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VISIT FLORIDA wants to make sure your business receives additional support in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The following programs are available immediately to core tourism businesses located in impacted areas.

If you are in one of the following counties, please be aware that you are eligible for discounts on VISIT FLORIDA programs following Hurricane Irma.

Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia.

If you are a business in a county that is not listed but feel you should qualify, please email Industry Relations at partner@VISITFLORIDA.org.

Complimentary Brochure Distribution at all 5 Official Florida Welcome Centers
Available through March 31, 2018, businesses may ship a maximum of 2,000 brochures per Welcome Center for distribution. For more information and to secure your brochure placement please contact the Visitor Services Department at welcomecenter@visitflorida.org.

Complimentary Lobby Booth Display at 4 Highway Welcome Centers
Available through March 31, 2018, businesses may schedule a time to participate in the Lobby Booth Display program. Please contact the Welcome Center(s) of your choice to schedule a time. For contact information, click here.

Complimentary VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Partnership
Core tourism businesses located within Florida have the opportunity to get a Small Business Marketing Partnership free of charge through March 31, 2018. With the Marketing Partnership, businesses receive an Enhanced Web Listing on VISITFLORIDA.com, the ability to submit social media posts, ability to promote Partner-to-Partner specials and more. To submit your enrollment application, click here.

Exposure on VISIT FLORIDA's Media Website
Businesses are encouraged to submit news releases to be posted on our media website. Press releases should provide newsworthy updates for the consumer travel media and offer a story idea that is unique and compelling to your local Florida area. All news releases are subject to review and approval. Please email your information including a photo, to pr@VISITFLORIDA.org.

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact the Industry Relations team at (877) 435-2872 or email partner@VISITFLORIDA.org.

Update Your Business Listing Information

Below is some helpful contact information should you need to update your business listing and operation status on the below platforms. For those unaffected by Hurricane Irma, use your content to confirm that it's business as usual. Post current images and live video to illustrate current conditions at your business and destination.

VISIT FLORIDA: If you need assistance updating your VISITFLORIDA.com listing, please view this step-by-step guide. For questions, call the Industry Hotline at (877) 435-2872 or email partner@VISITFLORIDA.org.

Expedia: Send a note to hotelhelp@expedia.com or reach out to your Market Manager. To quickly reach your Market Management team, contact:

Yelp: Toll free: (877) 767-9357

TripAdvisor: Toll free: (866) 322-5942

If you have not previously claimed your listing, follow a few simple steps by visiting TripAdvisor.com/owners. Once claimed, you can update the information for your business. The Management Center will contain contact information for customer support.

Webcams for VISIT FLORIDA Use

If you have a live-streaming webcam with a great view of Florida, submit the information for it through this form.


Additional Resources

If you are in one of the following counties, please be aware that you are eligible for other assistance following Hurricane Irma:

Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia.

For Residents:

  • Residents who sustained losses in the declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who suffered damages from the storm may register now, and if their county is later included in the declaration, the application will be processed automatically.
  • For Temporarily Unemployed Residents: The state has been awarded federal Dislocated Worker Grants to provide temporary employment to Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma. The Dislocated Worker Grants, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provide disaster relief employment in the form of temporary jobs that support storm response and recovery efforts. For information regarding National Dislocated Worker Grants, visit your local CareerSource Center at http://www.careersourceflorida.com/your-local-team.


For Businesses: The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated for businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma. Businesses are encouraged to visit http://flvbeoc.org/index.php and click on Hurricane Irma.  A private sector hotline is available at (850) 410-1403 to respond to calls from businesses and private sector support organizations.

  • Small Business Owners: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by Governor Scott as a result of Hurricane Irma. This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by this storm. Businesses in all 67 counties are eligible and applications will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2017 contingent on the availability of funds. For more information, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network State Office at (850) 898-3489 or disaster@floridasbdc.org.
  • Business Owners: In addition to contacting your local Florida SBDC, federal, state, and local representatives are continuing to assess and secure locations for temporary Business and Disaster Recovery Centers. Go to http://floridasbdc.org/services/business-continuation/disaster/ to see a list of the current locations that are available for one-on-one assistance. As additional locations are secured, they will be posted there as well.
  • Business Owners: The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) has activated a Business Damage Assessment Survey for Hurricane Irma. This survey allows businesses to report any damages they suffered, which is vital to receiving state and federal disaster loans and grants. To complete the survey, go to http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda.
  • Business Owners: The Florida Division of Emergency Management recognizes the need to simplify and streamline re-entry for the private sector following Hurricane Irma. The three items individuals will need are a valid government-issued ID, proof of employment, and a work order or other proof of a demonstrated need to enter the area. To learn more, go to http://www.floridadisaster.org/PublicPrivateSector/reentry_information.html.
  • Business Owners and Self-Employed Residents: 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. Individuals affected in the designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by October 16, 2017. To file a DUA claim go to http://www.floridajobs.org/ or call 800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST to assist claimants. For DUA claims information, call 800-204-2418 and choose option 2 to speak to a customer service representative.


For Insurance Claims: Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. If you need help finding your Florida's property insurance company's website and contact information, click HERE. For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE.