Franklin County Emergency Management’s Mission is to minimize loss of life, personal injury, damage to property or the environment caused by natural or man-made disasters that affect the community.
What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management involves plans, structures and arrangements established to engage the normal endeavors of government, voluntary, and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to respond to the whole spectrum of emergency needs.
Franklin & Gulf County Now Have an Online Community Resource Portal
It’s easy to navigate, includes a search bar, and is mobile-phone friendly.
The purpose of a Community Resource Guide is to help individuals and families find quick access to local and nearby services. Examples include, but not limited to: access to medical care; affordable foods; mental health support; substance abuse treatment; help paying for a utility bill; and so much more.
The resource guide is a project developed by the Gulf/Franklin Health Department in partnership with the Health Hub of Gulf & Franklin.
Go to gulffranklin.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2023
CONTACT: FDEM Communications Team, firstname.lastname@example.org | (850) 815-4940
ICYMI: Florida Commerce Announces Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Available for Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Idalia
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Tallahassee, FL – Today, Florida Commerce announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Idalia and are not eligible for regular state or Federal Reemployment Assistance benefits. Eligible Floridians whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Idalia are encouraged to submit a claim at www.FloridaJobs.org. Additionally, work search reporting, waiting week, and Employ Florida registration requirements for Reemployment Assistance claims have been temporarily waived for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Idalia in FEMA disaster-declared counties. By waiving these requirements, eligible Floridians will be able to quickly apply and receive reemployment assistance and disaster unemployment assistance benefits. Florida Commerce is accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Suwannee, and Taylor counties, the FEMA-designated disaster impacted area as of September 10, 2023. DUA is available to those who are ineligible to receive federal or state Reemployment Assistance benefits and the individual meets one of the following requirements:
Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.
DUA is available for weeks of unemployment beginning September 3, 2023 until March 2, 2024, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster in a designated-disaster areas. The deadline to submit a claim for DUA benefits is no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 3, 2023 for businesses and residents in Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Suwannee, and Taylor counties. For businesses and residents in Pinellas County, the deadline to submit a claim for DUA benefits is no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 5, 2023. For businesses and residents in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, the deadline to submit a claim for DUA benefits is no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 11, 2023. Applications filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied unless the individual provides good cause. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs, and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. In some cases, additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed. To file a DUA claim, visit www.FloridaJobs.org or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to assist claimants. For DUA claims information, call 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) to speak to a customer service representative.
Florida Commerce has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey for Hurricane Idalia damages. Impacted businesses are encouraged to complete the survey to report damages to the state.
The information collected through this brief survey is vitally important for understanding the impacts of last week’s weather events on Florida businesses and for informing the efforts of state, federal, local, and regional partners in helping the impacted businesses recover.
Do you have a plan for your pets?
Remember to include your animals when preparing for an emergency. Franklin County Emergency Management has prepared a list of resources available to you in the event of an emergency.