Hurricane Michael is expected to affect the Florida panhandle as well as Mississippi, Alabama, George, North Carolina and South Carolina. We've compiled just-in-time resources and information on preparedness, response and recovery to assist food retailers and will continue to update this page. Please scroll through or use the quick links on the left-hand side to find infrastructure and food safety information.
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FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Southern Service Center “Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.”
USDA FNS Food Assistance for Disaster Relief - Updates from USDA FNS on disaster areas that are granted SNAP replacements, D-SNAP and other services.
Guidance on Responding to Food Emergencies:
Alabama Traffic Information
Florida’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 – Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization will begin daily conference calls with private sector partners in preparation for Hurricane Michael. A call will be held today, October 9, at 3:00 PM Eastern. You may join that call by dialing 888-670-3525 with Participant Code: 300-237-4104
USDA FNS Food Assistance for Disaster Relief - Florida Information - Updates from USDA FNS on disaster areas that are granted SNAP replacements, D-SNAP and other services.
Florida lifted their staggered issuance schedule and issued October SNAP benefits early (on October 9) for the following coastal counties that have currently have a Hurricane Watch in effect: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, and Dixie. These SNAP benefits would normally have been issued to households in these counties between the 10th and 28th of the month.
A waiver allowing the sale of hot foods throughout the State of Florida through October 31st was approved October 13. It may take 24-36 hours for FL retailers to implement so that the State can set appropriate expectations in their messaging.
Due to power outages and displacement from homes caused by Hurricane Michael, FNS has approved a waiver so that affected SNAP households in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington counties in the State of Florida are able to receive an additional benefit in the amount of 40% of their October SNAP benefit; this will allow households to replace perishable food lost as a result of the hurricane. Florida intends to issue these automatic replacement benefits as early as Monday, October 15th, 2018.
Press Release: Georgia Governor Declares State of Emergency in 92 Counties Ahead of Hurricane Michael
Updates provided with the assistance of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association.
Executive Order 74: State of Emergency
Executive Order 75: Transportation Waiver
Executive Order 77: Amending Executive Orders No. 74 and 75
Governor Cooper has also issued an Executive Order suspending certain tolls on ferries transporting residents and disaster relief supplies to areas impacted by Michael.
Executive Order 78: Suspending Certain Tolls on Ferries
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