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    On this page we will provide key information and resources for Cape Coral businesses in need of assistance following Hurricane Irma.

Business Recovery Resources

Recovery Resources from the Small Business Administration (SBA) 
 
According to the SBA website, there are several resources shown below that may assist you with reestablishing your business after a natural disaster.

GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AFTER A DISASTER
When a disaster hits your small business, first contact FEMA to apply for financial assistance. They can provide money for housing along with other personal expenses including food, clothing and medicine.
The SBA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture provide low-interest loans for damaged and destroyed assets in a declared disaster. These include repair and replacement costs for real estate, personal property, machinery, equipment, inventory, and business assets.
Disaster assistance loans.  Check the following links to see if one of these loans apply.
OTHER SOURCES OF DISASTER AID 
Disaster unemployment assistance helps individual employees while they're unemployed due to a disaster, and 
flood recovery assistance can help workers displaced by flooding.
Businesses in federally declared disaster areas could qualify for special tax provisions for financial recovery. The Farm Service Agency also provides a disaster assistance guide for farmers and ranchers after natural disasters.
Disaster Clean-up
Take precautions to avoid injury or illness occurring in the cleanup process following a disaster. The wide range of hazards range from downed power lines and contaminated waters to hidden molds and toxins.
Disasters are magnified by their consequences on health and health services, so the Center for Disease Control (CDC) serves as an important resource through its Health Studies Branch.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published cleanup tips specifically for hazards during natural disaster recoveries.
If you encounter hazardous material spills or discharges, call the National Response Center, and contact the National Pesticide Center if applicable. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlines reporting for spills and environmental violations.
More Assistance
For more emergency preparedness advice, visit preparemybusiness.org or contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
You can also receive local business counseling to determine the best way to prepare for emergencies and the next step when disaster strikes. FGCU's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will also be a resource in the near future.
LCEC has provided the following link to get updates about power restoration efforts:
For the latest Cape Coral information from the Cape Coral Emergency Operations Center, visit: 
 
Together, we can recover and come out strong.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Cape Coral Economic Development Team