In a nutshell: Businesses hit by Harvey and Irma can get assistance.
If your business has been affected by hurricanes Harvey or Irma, or any other disaster, the Small Business Administration and other government resources can help you get back up on your feet.
Visit the Disaster Assistance section of the SBA.gov website to learn if you’re eligible for a low-interest disaster loan to help you recover. You’ll also be able to confirm you’re in an area that qualifies for disaster assistance, apply for help online and check the status of your application.
Disaster loans can be used to make up for lost revenue and cover operating expenses and to rebuild if any physical assets such as buildings and machinery were damaged.
If you feel you’re being gouged by a supplier or contractor, report the incident to your state attorney general’s office.
- Texas: State Attorney General Ken Paxton at texasattorneygeneral.gov
- Florida: State Attorney General Pam Bondi at myfloridalegal.com
If you haven’t been affected by Harvey or Irma, but you’re worried about the impact of a future natural or man-made disaster, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Preparedness Planning website, ready.gov. Business owners will find the preparedness planning process similar to other initiatives: start with an assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses, design a roadmap for improvement, implement changes, test them and then embrace a cycle of continuous improvement.