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The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is the designated local business contact for businesses during emergencies in St. Johns County. Follow the Chamber on Facebook, reach out to us directly at 904-829-5681 or email Bob Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce stands ready to assist you in any way that we can. For those that will need professional services to help you get back on your feet we've created this quick guide to reach those professionals that may be able to help during your recovery. If you need a specific service not listed in the guide you can search our member directory.
Take the Damage Assessment Survey
Report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma to the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center. Its business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php Click on Resources, then complete survey at Damage Assessments. This information will be used to determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. Those damages include economic Injury due to loss of revenue.
Disaster Recovery Center Open in St. Johns County for those Impacted By Hurricane Irma
St. Johns County, Fl – A Disaster Recovery Center to help those affected by Hurricane Irma opened at 9 a.m. on Saturday September 16 at the St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive. The center will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the immediate future. Disaster Recovery Centers serve as one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors seeking one-on-one help. Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and various other state agencies will be at the center to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information, please call the Emergency Operation Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.
Attention Small Business Owners: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by the Governor of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma. More info
This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by this storm.
Eligible Counties: All 67 counties in Florida.
These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
Long Term Disaster Recovery Loans from SBA for Physical Damage and Economic Injury
For a longer term loan, consider applying for an SBA Loan--The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared St. Johns, Duval, Flagler and Putnam County businesses and private nonprofit organizations eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other business assets. Interest rates are as low as 3.305% for businesses and 2.5% for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Apply online via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
St. Johns County Hurricane Irma Debris Collection Program
St. Johns County, Fl – St. Johns County initiated the Hurricane Irma Debris Collection Program on Friday, September 15. Residents are encouraged to move all storm debris to the curb as crews will collect debris from the public right-of-way. The contractor will make multiple passes through various neighborhoods to ensure all storm-related debris is collected. The following guidelines will assist the County in expediting debris removal:
• Please place storm debris in the right of way at the curb
• Debris must be three feet from utility boxes, mailboxes, hydrants, and other obstacles.
• Debris collection crews will not pick up bags, containers, leaves, or small debris.
• Please separate vegetation from all other storm-related debris.
• Bagged vegetative debris (leaves) will be picked up on regularly scheduled garbage collection days.
No chemicals or hazardous waste will be collected curbside. Hazardous waste may be disposed of at the Tillman Ridge or Stratton Road Transfer Stations for disposal during standard operating hours. For more information regarding the Hurricane Irma Debris Removal program, please call 904.827.6980 or visit www.recyclestjohns.com.
Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collection Schedules Resume Next Week
St. Johns County, Fl – In the wake of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County’s standard household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules will resume the week of September 18, 2017. For more information on Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.
St Johns County Opens Water Distribution Point on Mizell Road for Hurricane Irma Victims
St. Johns County opened a water Point of Distribution (POD) at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 2175 Mizell Road, on Tuesday. The POD will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the recovery. Water distribution is limited to one case of water per car. For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.
St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550
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(St. Johns County, Fl) – In response to Hurricane Irma, the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline for residents to call regarding County services, storm response, and events. Please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 for non-emergency storm-related information. The hotline will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. For additional Hurricane Irma-related information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.
In partnership with the Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce are helping more businesses twinkle with holiday lights in the wake of Hurricane Irma. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights runs from Saturday, November 18 until Wednesday, January 31, and attracts international visitors, shoppers and locals to the historic downtown St. Augustine area.