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DeSantis Activates Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for Coronavirus

The survey will evaluate the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so implementation of relief programs can begin.

By Staff March 12, 2020

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the activation of a Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Florida’s local businesses. The survey, which is managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so implementation of relief programs can begin. The survey can be taken here; results will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at [email protected]

DeSantis also issued Executive Order 20-52, declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19, and directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate the Florida Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to a Level II to coordinate the state’s response to the virus. Last week, DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-51, directing the state surgeon general, Scott Rivkees, to declare a public health emergency. 

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