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SBA South Florida Closing Due to Hurricane Irma

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Release Number: 
17-14
Contact: 
heather.hines@sba.gov
MIAMI – Due to the severities of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida District Office will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017 and will not reopen until assessments have been made on the ground.
 
“The safety of our staff and their families is my Number 1 priority during catastrophic events,” said South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.
 
Headquartered in Miami, the South Florida District Office encompasses 24 counties from the Tampa metro area, extending east to the Treasure Coast and as far south as the Florida Keys. The District also employs staff at two Alternate Work Sites in Tampa and Ft. Pierce, Florida.
 
Although the South Florida District has encountered many extreme weather-related events over the years, the most recent included area-wide droughts and flooding impacting the farming communities and damages sustained from Hurricane(s) Matthew in 2016, and the most memorable being 1992 (Andrew), 2004 (Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne) and 2005 (Katrina & Wilma).
 
“This year marked the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew,” added Marrero, “and recovery efforts from that event spanned over many years for both residential and business owners. Our community was rocked to its core, however, we recovered and rebuilt with help from many federal, state and local organizations.”
 
Once declaration are issued in response to weather-related or unexpected events--similar to that of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando-- the SBA’s Disaster Team can assistance homeowners, renters in addition to small business owners and private non-profits organizations affected by the occurrence. “For those who sought SBA assistance following Hurricane Andrew, the agency approved 23,387 loans for a total of $656M in disaster funds,” said Marrero.
 
“The ‘return to whole’ motto is something I hold near and dear which is why I always encourage our community to become familiar with the SBA’s Disaster website to ensure they can take the necessary steps to protect your families and employees and return to normal operations with a minimal delay, in the event a disaster strikes.”
 
“Also, if you have not already done so, please prepare to evacuate if needed and always follow the warnings released by the state and local emergency management agencies in your respective counties.”
 
For information on the government’s effort, preparation, and evacuation notices associated with Hurricane Irma, visit the USA.gov website at https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-irma.
 
For reopening information related to the South Florida District Office, please visit our website www.sbs.gov/southflorida.
 
To review disaster preparedness and recovery assistance available to small business owners, private non-profits, homeowners and renters, visit the SBA Disaster website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
 
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Related State: 
Florida