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Hurricane Ian Updates and Information

Florida Department of Revenue Hurricane Ian Resources for Property Owners

To keep Florida taxpayers updated and informed of available resources post Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Revenue has published a Hurricane Ian resource page located here. Information relevant to Florida property owners can be found at the bottom of the page under the Property Tax Oversight accordion.

 

Governor’s Executive Order 22-242

On October 20, 2022, the Governor issued Executive Order 22-242, providing relief to owners of property in the 26 counties the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated as eligible for the Individual Assistance Program in the wake of Hurricane Ian. If your property was completely destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable due to Hurricane Ian, property tax payment deadlines are being extended.

If you believe your property qualifies for the extension, please complete and sign this linked statement and return it by mail to the Tax Collector’s office at:

Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office
Attn: Hurricane Ian Extensions

Nancy C. Millan, Tax Collector
2506 N. Falkenburg Road
Tampa, Florida 33619

 

Department of Revenue Emergency Order 22-001

The Department has issued Emergency Order 22-001 on September 27, 2022, due to Hurricane Ian. The Emergency Order provides authority for rescheduling of millage and budget hearings, suspending the September 30 installment payment and allowing the applicable discount to the installment payment through and including October 14, 2022.

​On September 25 and 26, the Department issued a memo to Florida Taxing Authorities, Tax Collectors and Property Appraisers, to assist in rescheduling of millage and budget hearings due to Tropical Storm Ian.

 

Additional State and Federal Resources

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury or physical damage due to Hurricane Ian. Interested applicants can apply now through December 2, 2022, or until all available funds are expended. $50 million has been made available – at least $10 million of which must go to small businesses that are agricultural producers impacted by Hurricane Ian in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. Small businesses in the most impacted counties – Charlotte, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota – will be escalated and prioritized as they are received.

USDA Disaster Assistance Programs

Local program availability and individual eligibility will be determined by the USDA servicing office. For more information about disaster programs in your area, contact your local USDA service center.

Insurance Consumer Assistance

The toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-877-693-5236) can answer business and consumer-oriented insurance-related questions. The Florida Department of Financial Service’s Division of Consumer Services has launched a Hurricane Ian Disaster Resources and Information webpage to provide comprehensive insurance information.

State Assistance Information Line – 800-342-3557
The Florida State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. SAIL is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Information
If you have experienced impacts from Hurricane Ian, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) webpage for up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to Hurricane Ian. Register for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov if you have damages not covered by insurance. Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline by texting or calling 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press 2) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

State Group Insurance
CVS Caremark, will approve one-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for members in the affected areas. Additionally, members taking specialty medications will be contacted to discuss alternate delivery arrangements. The use of courier services will be engaged as necessary. Capital Health PlanHumana, and United Healthcare activated a process which enables members with prescription drugs to get early refills.

State of Florida Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP, provided by Kepro, offers employees 24-hour telephone access to confidential help from trained counselors. This service is not for assistance with emergency needs, property damage or financial assistance. (HOTLINE) 833-746-8337 | (TTY HOTLINE) 877-334-0499 https://www.mybenefits.myflorida.com/work_and_life/additional_benefits/employee_assistance_program

Verifying Contractors
If you have storm damage, contact your insurance agent first to verify that your insurance covers repairs. Before initiating repairs, verify a contractor’s license at myfloridalicense.com, by calling (850) 487-1395, or by downloading the free DBPR Mobile app through iTunes or the Google Play app store. Report unlicensed contractor activity by calling The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Unlicensed Activity Hotline at (866) 532-1440 or by calling the Unlicensed Activity program at (866) 532-1440. Obtain estimates for clean-up and repairs in writing from licensed contractors.

Price Gouging Hotline
To report suspected price gouging, call the Florida Attorney General’s office at 1-866-966-7226, via the No Scam – Stop Price Gouging app, or online.