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Find resources to prepare for Hurricane Michael

Residents, restaurateurs and other business operators on Florida’s Gulf Coast are bracing for Hurricane Michael, currently a Category 2 storm in the Gulf of Mexico expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday.

The forecast is for Michael to become a Category 4 storm, and 35 counties are now under a state of emergency. About 3.7 million people are under hurricane warnings, and Gov. Rick Scott has called it “a monstrous storm,” saying “the time to prepare is now.” Reports also indicate parts of south Georgia and southeastern Alabama could be hit, too.

Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, today issued a statement that the organization has already begun working to help everyone prepare for the storm and its aftermath.

“Members of FRLA staff have taken our ESF-18 seat at the state Emergency Operations Center, where we will work with the Florida Retail Association and the Department of Economic Opportunity to help coordinate and respond to lodging and food needs for emergency responders and evacuees,” she said.

Dover added that the FRLA is encouraging members to prioritize safety in a variety of ways beyond basic storm preparation, including:

  • Waiving cancellation fees as the storm approaches
  • Extending hospitality to pets by relaxing any pet restrictions they may have
  • Registering with FEMA’s Transitioning Sheltering Assistance program, which provides short-term lodging assistance to evacuees who can’t immediately return home following a disaster. This will help assist those affected after the storm

The National Restaurant Association has created a resources page in partnership with the FRLA so members can find the latest resources and information they may need to stay safe during the storm.

“Our primary goal is always the safety of visitors, and we want to keep them out of harm’s way,” Dover said. “FRLA will continue to monitor the storm and stands ready to assist members, residents and visitors however we can before, during and after Hurricane Michael.”

We will continue to update information to keep members informed.

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