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  • Tropical Storm Laura Update - From the Florida SBDC at UWF

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    August 21, 2020
    Florida SBDC Network Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed
     
     

    Tropical Storm Laura Update
     
    Dear Chanda,

    We are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Laura as it tracks west towards the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, the official track from the National Hurricane Center brings the storm near the Alabama/Florida border as a category one hurricane Wednesday morning.

    The long-range details of the storm remain unclear as Laura is forecast to move over portions of the Greater Antilles this weekend. Land interaction may affect the future track and intensity of the storm, so the next two days will play a big role in determining where Laura goes next. Uncertainty also remains high about how this system may interact with Tropical Depression 14, located in the western Caribbean Sea Friday and forecast to make landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border on Tuesday.

    Tropical Storm Laura

    “We are working alongside state officials to closely monitor Tropical Storm Laura," said Michael W. Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “While there is still a degree of uncertainty regarding the storm and its potential impact, businesses should take the time now to prepare. Tropical Storm Laura and this year's hurricane season bring about new challenges as businesses and communities are already strained in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, so it's important now more than ever to prepare."


    Preparedness tips:
    1. Businesses should pay close attention to the storm's forecast over the weekend. The National Hurricane Center releases a new full advisory every 6 hours, at 5am, 11am, 5pm and 11pm EDT. They are issuing intermediate advisories every 3 hours, between the full advisories (1am, 8am, 1pm, 8pm EDT.)
    2. During this time, it's important to review your disaster and emergency communication plan.
    3. Backup all data on servers and personal computers and ensure remote access is available.
    4. Ensure your equipment is raised above potential flood levels.
    5. Review your insurance policies to mitigate any possible gaps in coverage.
    6. Protect and duplicate important business documents and records. Be sure they are accessible from anywhere.

    For additional preparedness tips and resources, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org
    We're here to help.

    The Florida SBDC Network is a principal responder in the state's Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry. As such, we help businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricanes and other disasters.

    We encourage businesses to visit our website for preparedness resources, including a disaster preparedness plan guide, preparedness plan template, and emergency procedures template.

    As part of our services, we also offer Bizaster, a free mobile disaster assistance app. Bizaster, available in both English and Spanish for Android and iOS, features risk assessments, customizable checklists, and other resources.

    Following a storm, the Florida SBDC Network helps impacted businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges.

    For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org

    Peak hurricane season is just getting underway and recent weather activities have reminded us that we must remain vigilant and ready to take action at a moment's notice to ensure our safety. We know making preparations is especially challenging amid the COVID-19 pandemic and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult and uncertain time.

    We hope that you stay safe and that your business is spared from the storm. We will keep you informed regarding the potential activation of federal and state disaster loans and other assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Florida SBDC Network Headquarters
     
     
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    About the Florida SBDC Network:
    For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state's principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. § 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide aspiring and existing business owners management and knowledge resources to enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida's economy. In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed. A statewide network of over 40 offices, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a 2016 recipient of the President's E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org
     
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    State Designated as Florida's Principal Provider of Business Assistance [Fla. Stat. § 288.001]
     
    Florida SBDC Network Headquarters | University of West Florida
    Suntrust Tower, Suite 301, 220 West Garden Street | Pensacola, FL 32502
    850.898.3479 | www.FloridaSBDC.org

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