ABOUT SEMINOLE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE:
Seminole County Economic Development is dedicated to supporting local business. Appreciating the importance of our local business community, Seminole County Economic Development serves as a clearinghouse of information on programs and incentives available to your business. Examples of the services we provide are as follows:
We value our local business community. The County’s Economic Strategy recognizes the importance of business retention. Through utilization of our in-house resources, the County’s Economic Development Department is uniquely positioned to help local businesses meet their economic objectives.
TO REPORT DAMAGES
The County currently has crews out assessing damages. If you would like to report damages, please send an email to email@example.com with a photo, address, name, and direct phone number of the person reporting the damage.
HURRICANE RESPONSE INFORMATION
FEMA: Visit DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for assistance online. If you experience difficulty applying online, you may also call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 to apply during standard hours of operation (7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time), 7 days a week. You can also check your application status at DisasterAssistance.gov.
SBA: U.S. Small Business Administration offers disaster loans. Should you require such assistance please visit https://www.sba.gov/loans-grants/see-what-sba-offers/sba-loan-programs/disaster-loans.
ASSET RECOVERY/INSURANCE TIPS
Work closely with your attorney and/or your insurance company to best understand what is covered under any applicable insurance policies. There may be important nuances relating to perils that are or are not covered that should be taken into account as claims are filed. For example, damage caused by wind and rain may be covered, whereas damage from rising water may be excluded.
If you believe you have an insurable loss, you will likely benefit from acting quickly to file your property insurance claim:
Given the thousands of storm damage claims being filed, putting your claim in the queue as soon as possible may prioritize your claim and could expedite your receipt of insurance proceeds to remediate property.
If you have a copy of your insurance policy, you can typically initiate a claim by calling the insurance carrier directly and providing your policy number. If you do not have a copy of your policy, you may still be able to initiate a claim by calling the insurance carrier and providing your company name and the address of your business location(s).
Be sure to inventory damaged items and include photo documentation.