Hurricane Irma Recovery Resources

ACCE's Call to Support Chambers in Florida
This email to ACCE members on 9/27/17 from ACCE's President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly provides information about how chambers can assist their peers in Florida who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Florida Chamber - Hurricane Information
Access Two Ways to Help Now:
1) The Florida Disaster Fund: The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster.
2) Local Chamber Relief Fund: Florida Chamber of Commerce maintains a Local Chamber Relief fund and it’s exclusively designed to support Florida’s local chambers that have been most impacted by Hurricane Irma. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.
See also the chamber relief fund one-pager from the Florida Chamber.

Visit Florida Update, Post Hurricane Irma Message
Read this outreach message from the President & CEO of Visit Florida, dated 9/13/17, which provides an update on the recovery assistance efforts in the state.

Impact of Hurricane Irma on Your Business, Study by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
The chamber partnered with MBAF (Certified Public Accountants) to administer and analyze its 2017 survey on The Impact of Hurricane Irma on Your Business. This report gives stats on the local business impact in both short and long-term recovery aspects. Read also about the chamber's volunteer efforts to assist with clean-up in the Keys.

Irma Recovery Toolkit from the Greater Tampa Chamber
With Hurricane Irma over, businesses and individuals are assessing the damage and starting the cleanup process. This Toolkit provides resources to help members and local businesses with the recovery work.

Preparing for the Hurricane:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Center provides these 5 tips:
1) Finalize your Emergency Contact List
2) Encourage your Employees to Prepare
3) Back-up Data Off-Site
4) Review Insurance Policies
5) Secure Facilities

FEMA Contact Info for Disaster Survivors:
Phone: 800-621-3362
Online form for disaster survivors
Click here for more information on the FEMA disaster helpline service

Red Cross:
Request disaster assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-500-8645.

United Way:
Get help through UW's 2-1-1 or consider giving/donating to help.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Disaster Help Desk:
Another disaster help desk is through the U.S. Chamber Foundation and this resource is available to serve chambers and businesses alike.
Phone: 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (1-888-692-4943)
Or contact through or
More info on the Help Desk here

Additional Chamber-Specific Disaster Resources:
Additional Recovery Resources & Guides from the U.S. Chamber Foundation Disaster Help Desk:
  • Disaster Help Desk for Businesses - Launched in 2007 by the U.S. Chamber for small businesses and local chambers of commerce to provide preparedness/continuity advice and to guide disaster-affected organizations through the steps of recovery and re-opening. Reach the Help Desk by Phone: 888-MY BIZ HELP / 888-692-4943 and through social media tools. The Help Desk coordinates information among businesses, local chambers of commerce, NGOs, government responders, and disaster recovery specialists and is made possible by the leadership and generous support of the Office Depot Foundation.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides - Designed to help both local chambers of commerce and local businesses prepare for and recover from disasters.
  • Disaster Response and Community Resilience - The Corporate Citizenship Center's Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program is committed to improving the efficacy of business philanthropy in disasters, breaking down information and coordination barriers between sectors, and highlighting the unique work of corporate citizens in the field.
  • Disaster Response Tools - Articles and content on disaster response actions.

Small Business Administration Help:
COST and AICPA Compiling Hurricane Tax Filing Relief Guidance
  • COST, in conjunction with the AICPA, is compiling and maintaining a chart tracking state guidance on Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma tax filing relief. A publicly available version is on the COST website here, and will provide updates as additional states release statements or guidance identifying their position as to whether they will provide filing relief for taxpayers in hurricane disaster areas and how taxpayers may seek that relief.

Additional Ways to Help Now:
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Created 9/8/2017
Last Updated: 10/13/2017

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