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Hurricane Updates

Below are the most recent updates concerning hurricane Michael.  Older updates as well as helpful links and training videos are posted farther down this page.


Deadline to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance Extended
The deadline has now been moved to Monday, December 17th. For more information click here


Filing Deadlines Extended for DUA and Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program:
The deadline to file for DUA and Small Business EBL program has been extended December 31, 2018.  Click here for more information. 


DUA Deadline Extension:
The deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been extended to  Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.  Click here for more information.


TSA Program Extension 
FEMA has announced informally that its Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program (TSA) has been extended to Gulf and Jackson Counties (along with Bay).  Click here for FEMA's fact sheet on TSA and here for a list of participating hotels.   I will send out more as this extension is formalized. Also, note that further extensions  are expected.


Replacement SNAP Benefits Extension 
DCF has a new D-SNAP website that you can visit

Due to power outages, the deadline for Hurricane Michael survivors in Bay,
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon,
Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington counties to apply for replacement SNAP
benefits has been extended to October 30, 2018. The official transmittal for this update is in the Disaster Library


The  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has activated the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program  (EPAP) 
to allow uninsured Floridians free replacements of certain medical supplies, equipment and medications lost or damaged by Hurricane Michael through 11/15/2018. HHS says that  uninsured Floridians affected by Michael can visit www.phe.gov/epap or call 855-793-7470 to see if their medication or medical/supplies or equipment are covered and to find a participating pharmacy. Click here for more EPAP information.


Helpful Websites and Hotlines

This link redirects you to a page with a list of different national and state resources such as the American Bar Association Disaster Resource and Recovery CenterFlorida Special Needs Registry, FloridaDisaster.org as well as different hotlines for receiving legal counsel or disaster relief for non emergency situations. 

Visit The Florida Bar's Hurricane Information for resources, links and information about pro bono opportunities with Florida Free Legal Answers and the Young Lawyer's Division's Disaster Relief Hotline which will be activated after the storm.  To be a volunteer, you should have a basic understanding of the common problems experienced by disaster victims.  Visit YLD's FEMA page for more information and sign up here.

Visit Florida Legal Services for helpful fact sheets, hurricane updates and different legal help hotlines.

Visit the Florida Supreme Court for court closures and other information.

Visit LegalFuel.com for information and resources on disaster planning and business continuity.


Older Hurricane Michael Announcements


Gov. Scott: Disaster Relief Employment Available to Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida has been awarded federal National Dislocated Worker Grants to provide temporary employment to Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael.


DEM's web page on Hurricane Michael. 
It includes links to things like open shelters;  presidential declarations; points of distribution for food, water and emergency supplies; power outages; and, a debris reporting tool.


Pre-landfall Emergency Declaration Approved: 
On October 9, 2018, President Trump approved Florida's request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for Hurricane Michael. This declaration will provide Public Assistance from FEMA to state and local governments in Florida for debris removal and equipment  and supplies for emergency protective measures.


Florida State Assistance Information Line 1-800-342-3557: 
The Florida State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week. 


Early Prescription Refills: 
On October 8, 2018, AHCA sent a reminder to health insurers, managed care organizations, and other health entities that all  health entities must allow for early prescription refills in the counties affected by the Governor's Hurricane Michael Emergency Declaration under section 252.358 of the Florida Statutes.


Emergency Declaration(s): 
On October 8, 2018, Governor Scott issued an expanded emergency declaration.
On October 7, 2018, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency