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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.
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.
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 Center, Florida 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.
- To look for employment opportunities to help rebuild Florida's communities after a disaster or to post disaster-related jobs where a labor force is needed, visit Florida's Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal at https://disasterrecovery.employflorida.com.
- For information regarding National Dislocated Worker Grants, visit your local career center at http://www.careersourceflorida.com/your-local-team.
- In addition to the Dislocated Worker Grants, DEO is also providing the following programs to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Michael:
- The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Visit www.floridadisasterloan.org to apply until December 7, 2018.
- Businesses can complete a damage assessment survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments and select 2018 Michael.
- The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Michael. To apply for DUA, go to www.floridajobs.org or call the Florida Disaster Unemployment Assistance Line at 1-800-385-3920. Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by November 14, 2018.
- DEO Labor Shed reports at http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/florida-census-data-center/hurricane-labor-shed-reports.
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.