Emergency Preparedness

FloridaCommerce and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Idalia. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses. Businesses can complete the survey online by visiting www.floridadisaster.biz/ and selecting “Hurricane Idalia” from the dropdown menu.

Explore Florida’s emergency resources below and learn how to prepare for Hurricane Season (which takes place from June 1 to November 30) and other emergencies.

Emergency Resources for Businesses in Florida

Florida Emergency Hotlines

Florida’s American Red Cross Local Chapters

Head to FloridaCommerce’s website for additional information and resources.

Hurricane Resources

The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website is the best resource for up-to-date information, resources, and guidance on hurricanes in the state.

The Florida hurricane season begins in June and runs through November.

Florida Permitting Guidance:

Due to the impacts of Hurricanes in certain Florida counties, please check the areas impacted here.  If you are considering Florida for your next production, it’s essential to know that most permitting is handled by the local film commissions throughout Florida and each office has its requirements for granting permits.

Please check the local film commission’s website for hurricane updates, including office or permitting closures. You can find a list of local film commission contact information here, or feel free to contact us directly for assistance at 850-717-8990, or FloridaOFE@commerce.fl.gov

Film Commission office closures as of 9/5/2023
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The Florida State Parks safety website can be found here- Florida State Parks Safety. Please visit specific park web pages for details and the latest information.

Florida Business Resources:

Did a hurricane impact your Florida business? The Business Damage Assessment Survey is now activated to assess the needs of Florida businesses impacted by a hurricane.  Complete the survey >> bit.ly/2m6dRX2

Florida Hurricane FAQs:

Further questions? Florida hurricane FAQs can be located here.

Additional Helpful Resources:
  • The Florida Department of Financial Services published an Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit to assist residents in gathering important financial documents and information prior to an emergency.
  • The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Hurricane Guide provides checklists, resources, and tips to assist residents in preparing for and recovering from a hurricane.
  • For information specific to your area, check your county’s emergency management website, where you can often find guidance on evacuations, shelters, local resources, and a county-specific Hurricane Guide.
  • FEMA website
How to Help:

Florida Disaster Fund: The state’s official private relief fund was “established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster,” according to its website.

  • You can donate online, send a check, or text “DISASTER” to 20222 to make a $10 donation.

The Red Cross: You can donate online.

  • The Red Cross helps operate shelters for those evacuating from a hurricane.

Volunteer Florida: This state agency has several volunteer positions available to assist with hurricane recovery efforts, such as volunteering with the Red Cross or assisting with mental health services. Apply online.

Convoy of Hope: The nonprofit provides groceries to impacted communities in Florida. You can donate online.