Procurement Disaster Assistance Training Webinar

The State of Florida, in coordination with FEMA, is providing four webinar-based training sessions on Procurement of Disaster Assistance for city/county leaders on Monday, September 25. The sessions will consist of 15 minutes of presentation and 45 minutes for questions and answers. Primary participants should be those with responsibilities including purchasing, finance and contracts in addition to city/ county leaders.

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi: Debris Removal Stalemate Unacceptable

After hearing several complaints from county administrators, city mayors and other local elected officials about debris removal contractors not performing their duties to remove debris in accordance with their pre-storm contracts, Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement. Governor Scott is calling on debris removal companies from Florida and across the country who are willing to help at a fair price to contact the Florida Department of Transportation.

FSA Cooperative Purchasing Program Delayed Bid Review

Hurricane Irma cause the Cooperative Purchasing Program to delay the bid review and award for the 2017-18 vehicles and heavy equipment contracts.  The Florida Association of Counties partners with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) to provide counties, sheriffs and other local governments with low cost products that have been competitively procured so that purchasing departments can focus on getting the right equipment not the contract process.  The Florida Association of Counties benefits when the county purchases off this contract – reinvesting in the programs that support county government.

NEW FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION DERELICT VESSEL INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES

The State of Florida has recently invested $1.5 million for a second year to be issued by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) as grants to local governments to remove derelict vessels from public waters of the State! The Commission intends to advertise the new grant funding opportunity in November 2017.

Volunteer Florida Thanks Aetna Foundation for $50,000 Donation to Florida Disaster Fund

Volunteer Florida today thanked the Aetna Foundation for its generous donation of $50,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund, which was activated by Governor Scott to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities in times of disaster.

Nationwide Foundation donate $500k to American Red Cross

On the heels of Harvey, the American Red Cross is now helping southeastern U.S. residents as recovery begins following Irma. In support of these efforts, the Nationwide Foundation has announced an additional $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross. This is in addition to the recent $500,000 contribution in response to Harvey, for a total of $1 million committed.

Nationwide Emergency Relief

On September 12th the IRS granted relief to taxpayers who have been adversely affected by Hurricane Irma and who have retirement assets in qualified employer plans that they would like to alleviate hardships caused by Hurricane Irma.   Nationwide intends to comply with IRS relief for victims of Hurricane Irma and will implement our expedited Unforeseeable Emergency (UE) process.

Duke Energy announces estimated power restoration times for Florida

Duke Energy has announced power restoration times for specific areas in Florida following the damage from Hurricane Irma. The company has restored power to more than 375,000 customers. It is currently reporting an estimated 1 million customers without power as of mid-day Tuesday. Crews will continue to work non-stop to safely and quickly restore service.

Aetna: We’re with you

Help for Aetna members and customers in areas affected by Hurricane Irma Due to Hurricane Irma, and the expected impact to Florida, people may have had to leave their homes. As a result, we are making it easier for our members to refill prescriptions and obtain necessary care.  All Florida counties are impacted. Please remember that our affected members can seek emergency care anywhere, as needed.