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 Labor Department announced on Wednesday that National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funds are ready for Floridians who will need assistance.

“The Department of Labor will deploy resources to help Floridians who, as a result of Hurricane Michael, find themselves unable to work and without a paycheck,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on Wednesday. “The American workforce – along with our volunteers and first responders – is the greatest in the world. As we did during last year’s destructive hurricane season, Americans will come together to rebuild their communities.  The Department is here to help ensure the safety and stability of Floridians along the way.”

“DWG funding will be made available to impacted counties to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts. The Department is monitoring the situation to ensure it is doing everything it can to help Floridians and the mobility of the workforce,” the Labor Department announced. “As the severity and geographical extent of the damage becomes known, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary.”

Thanks to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act passed by Congress and signed by then President Barack Obama back in 2014, according to the Labor Department, “DWGs temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.”

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