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Important Information regarding Hurricane Irma.

Currently, our commitment to provide you with valuable information is stronger than ever due to the effects caused by Hurricane Irma in our community.

Please note, that this material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide and should not be relied on for advice. These financial assistance programs are not made by or through Continental National Bank. Should you have any questions regarding the information provided below, please contact the corresponding agency. 

FEMA Assistance:

Miami-Dade residents may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.

To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.

Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again.

  • Online at at
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.

Government Assistance Programs:

  1. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
  2. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

1.     Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been been activated by the Governor of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma.

This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by the storm.  These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. 

Important Information

Please note that applications will be accepted through October 31st, 2017 contingent on the availability of funds.

  • The Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked to pursuit of other sources.
  • Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds.
  • They are not grants.
  • Designated Disaster Area: All of Florida’s 67 counties. (Miami-Dade was declared a designated disaster area)
  • Qualified Applicant: Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida.  Qualified applicants must be a Florida small business that has a minimum of two and maximum of 100 employees that suffered physical damage and/or economic injury as a result of the designated disaster and be established prior to Sept. 4, 2017.
  • Amount: Between $1,000 and $25,000.
  • Term: 90 or 180 days based on indivi