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[JOB] On-line Damage Assessment Survey Related to Okeechobee Discharges

 2016 Pass It On (PIO)
Ron Presley, Editor

Celebrating 24 years of Service to 
 Florida's Fishery Resource
On-line Damage Assessment Survey Related to Okeechobee Discharges

Editor's Note: The following excerpt comes from a joint press release disseminated by The City of Sanibel and the Sanibel & Captiva Islands' Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, an internet search revealed the following from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) website: The program, managed by DEO, will immediately begin surveying businesses affected by the water releases and share the results with various state and local agencies to implement appropriate disaster relief programs. Affected businesses should complete a Business Damage Assessment survey that will be used to determine which emergency support programs might be beneficial to aid recovery efforts in the area. Local and state officials will use this information to provide any needed assistance programs.
The survey can be obtained at by selecting the "Lake Okeechobee Discharge" event.
The Joint Release
The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC), is recording economic losses from frequent discharges of floodwaters from Lake Okeechobee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been activated by the State Emergency Response Team. 
"We want to be certain the economic impact of the Lake Okeechobee releases to our community's business community are recorded and accounted for by the State. Both the City and the Chamber urge all those impacted to take the time to complete this simple on-line damage assessment survey," stated Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane. Chamber of Commerce President Ric Base added, "It is extremely important that all businesses respond to this survey."
The center will assist in assessing the impact the discharges and flooding have had on local businesses in Lee, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The Center is a partnership between the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy at Florida State University.
Sanibel businesses suffering economic losses stemming from the frequent Lake Okeechobee discharges can complete a "Business Damage Assessment Survey" available at: Select the "Lake Okeechobee Discharge" event.
The survey results will be shared with various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for affected businesses.