Friday, April 10, 2020
The two senators sent a letter to U.S. VA Sec. Robert Wilkie on the matter on Thursday after the hurricane hit parts of the Big Bend and the Panhandle. 
Run by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), these loans “will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during Hurricane Michael."
Patronis and state Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier held a call with representatives of insurance companies on Monday as residents of the Panhandle and Big Bend readied for the hurricane. 
With Hurricane Michael hitting parts of Northern Florida, including the Big Bend area and the Panhandle, the U.S. Department of Labor is ready to help workers in the Sunshine State. 
“The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Duke Energy has already donated $50,000,” the governor’s office noted. 
Hurricane Michael is currently forecast to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle very soon.
The storm is expected to strengthen before possibly making landfall Wednesday in Florida’s Panhandle. Florida’s price gouging law applies to sales within counties covered by the declared state of emergency.
By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm.
Scott said that DEP will send those funds to Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to help mitigate the effects of red tide. 
Scott said that Pinellas County, which has already gotten $1.3 million to help mitigate the impact of red tide, will receive an additional $2 million from DEP while Lee County is penciled in to receive an additional $1.1 million.