Hurricane Irma Assistance Information

Hurricane Irma Assistance Information 


As many of our local businesses begin accessing damage and start the recovery process following Hurricane Irma, I wanted to let you know that the Orlando Economic Partnership is here to help our region’s business community get back to normal as quickly as possible. Currently, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is assessing the damage caused by the storm. Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Irma are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey will help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. To take the survey, please visit www.flvbeoc.org.

Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma may now apply for various state and federal disaster loan programs. Please share the below information with your members.


State Assistance

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan helps businesses bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.

Under the program, eligible small businesses in all 67 Florida counties with two to 100 employees may apply for short-term, interest-free loans for $1,000 to $25,000 for 90 or 180-day terms. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to September 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. 


To Apply for a Bridge Loan Visit www.floridadisasterloan.org for more information and to apply for the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan program. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017.


Federal Assistance

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie,  Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.

To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.


Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
  • Multilingual operators are available.  Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.


The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is November 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.


Upon registration with FEMA, businesses may apply for a disaster loan a number of ways:

  • Submit an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela;
  • Download an application from www.sba.gov/disaster and submit to a SBA disaster recovery center or mail to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155;
  • Visit a SBA recovery center for one-on-one assistance; or

Important Hurricane Irma Update - IRS Tax Filing Extension

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has declared 37 Florida counties (including VOLUSIA) as eligible for Individual Assistance aid-providing storm victims with  an IRS-granted extension until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

The declaration postpones tax filing and payment deadlines that started on Sept. 4 and continues through mid-January. This date range encompasses a long list of deadlines, but here are some of the key dates affected:

  • Sept. 15, 2017 (deadline for quarterly estimated tax payments; business extensions for 2016 tax returns of calendar-year partnerships and corporations)
  • Sept. 30, 2017 (deadline for calendar-year trusts)
  • Oct. 16, 2017 (extension for 2016 individual income tax returns - does not cover tax payments)
  • Oct. 31, 2017 (deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns)
  • Nov. 15, 2017 (business extensions for 2016 tax returns for calendar-year tax-exempt organizations)
  • Jan. 16, 2018 (deadline for quarterly estimated tax payments)

No paperwork to file for this extension and it applies those eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance (this includes VOLUSIA).  

FEMA offers two forms of assistance to help communities recover from natural disasters. The entire state of Florida is eligible for Public Assistance, which funds the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure. This includes buildings, utilities, schools, parks and other facilities or organizations owned or run by the government (local, state or federal).

Individual Assistance covers individuals and families for personal and business losses. In addition to the tax filing and payment extension, grant aid may be available to help pay for temporary housing, emergency repairs, property losses, medical or funeral expenses, and other storm-related costs.

Click FEMA map of counties qualifying for Individual Assistance (and the related tax breaks) and Public Assistance relief. Click here for  IRS's page with information about help for victims of Hurricane Irma.


Individual assistance from FEMA  is available for Volusia County residents who sustained damage from hurricane Irma to their primary residence and have losses not covered by insurance or are underinsured.

Residents should register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.


A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Volusia County is being established and details will be announced soon. Go to www.volusia.org/pin or the Emergency Management Facebook page for updates.


Citizens Information Center will be open 8-10 pm on Friday and 8-5 pm Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday. Call 1-866-345-0345 to report damage to your home.

Date:            September 14, 2017  

Time:            10:00 AM

Contact:       Jill Danigel

Phone:         386-566-3719

Email:           jdanigel@cityofedgewater.org


Type of Incident:     Hurricane Irma

Area of Edgewater affected: Scattered throughout City

Power outages in area: Scattered throughout City – It is estimated that 15% of the City remains without power.


City Offices

All City offices are open.


City Water

City water remained in service throughout the storm and is safe for drinking, eating, cooking and showering. The City is encouraging residents to use water frugally so as not to stress our wastewater system while some lift stations remain on generator power.


City Wastewater

The majority of the City’s 50 lift stations are on regular power. The others are being supported by generator power. It is imperative that residents be frugal with water use so as to not stress the wastewater system.


Reclaimed Water In Service

The reclaimed water system has been placed back in service. Intermittent outages are expected.


City Building Permit Process

There are no changes to the City building permitting process. Fees are not being waived at this time.


City Parks

All City parks remained closed due to storm damage.


City Road Closures

The majority of streets in the City are open. Here is a link for the map showing current closures:



City Curfew Lifted

The City of Edgewater curfew has been lifted and is no longer in effect. We urge residents to use extra caution when traveling after dark as hazards may not be readily visible.


City Meeting Changes

The September 11th City Council meeting has been rescheduled for September 18th.


Solid Waste Schedules

Trash and recycling pick up resumed Tuesday, September 12th. Pick-ups will be made in accordance with the “holiday schedule” that is typical after a Monday holiday. The schedule is posted on the website (www.cityofedgewater.org) and Facebook.



For Immediate Release

Date:   September 19, 2017

Press Contact:

Jill Danigel   




Edgewater, Florida – 


The City of Edgewater has contracted with Crowder Gulf to remove debris from Hurricane Irma.  Trucks will begin pick up on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  Residents have been encouraged to get all debris to the curb by today so the majority of debris can be picked up in the “first pass” through the City.  Debris must be separated in accordance with the attached graphic.  NO vegetative debris can be bagged.  NO hazardous waste will be picked up.  Residents with questions about debris pick up should call 386-424-2400 x4007.


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