Hurricane Recovery Resources

Resources related to forestry-related and general recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael will continue to be added to this page as they become available.

Important Links


State Block Grant Agreement (5/20)

Federal Disaster Aid Package (6/19)
Read the complete summary of the legislation here.
Read the bill here.

Florida Forest Service Federal Emergency Hurricane Request (1/19)

Farm Service Agency Resources:
Please contact your local FSA service center for information about allowable activities within programs before doing anything!
Service center locator   
Emergency Forest Restoration Program (Sign-up extended through October 30, 2020)
EQIP/Longleaf Pine Initiative
Other farm programs
USDA Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool

Press Release on Announcement of Block Grant Funding 

Florida Department of Revenue Resources:
Refund of Taxes Paid on Fuel Used for Agricultural Shipments or Hurricane Debris Removal After Hurricane Michael (6/19)
This refund is for state and county taxes on motor or undyed diesel fuels purchased in hurricane-impacted counties between October 10, 2018, and June 30, 2019, for the purposes stated above.
See the TIP Sheet.
Download the form.

Sales Tax Refund for Certain Farm Related Materials Damaged by Hurricane Michael (6/19)
This refund is for sales tax paid for materials to repair or replace fencing and/or nonresidential farm buildings damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Michael.
See the TIP Sheet.
Download the form.

Florida Forest Service Hurricane Recovery Resources 

Post-Hurricane Guide to Managing Invasive Tree Pests (FFS) (10/17)

IRS Help for Victims of Hurricane Michael (11/18)

Timber Casualty Loss Information (USFS) (10/18)

Contact information for Master Loggers and Member Consulting Foresters and Timber Dealers by County (10/18)

Contact information for Florida Forest Service (FFS) County Foresters and FFS Vendor Database (10/18)

Price Gouging Information  (Office of the Attorney General)
Hotline 1-866-966-7226



Powerpoint presentation on damage to Florida’s timberland

Hurricane Michael imagery from NOAA

Hurricane Michael damage imagery (before and after) (10/18)

Surveying Timberland Damage in the Wake of Major Hurricanes (Forest2Market) (10/18)

Assessment and Management of Hurricane Damaged Timberland  (UF/IFAS) (10/18)

Application of BMPs: Emergency Operations (FFS) (10/18)

How to Hire a Tree Service for home owners (UF/IFAS) (6/18)

Agriculture Disaster Assistance Webinar – Information Session for Agriculture and Forest Producers (10/18)

Transporting Salvage Timber to Georgia and Alabama (11/18)

Hurricane Michael Initial Timber Damage Estimate Package (FFS) (10/18)

Florida Forest Service Requirements for Open Burning in Hurricane Michael Impacted Areas. Please call your county forester for more information.

Map of Disaster Recovery Centers across the Panhandle (Division of Emergency Management) (NOW OFFLINE)

List of Disaster Recovery Centers and Other Emergency Information (Division of Emergency Management) (NOW OFFLINE)

Expedited Wet Deck Installation Permitting Procedure (NWFWMD)

To install a wet deck storage area, simply call the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) at 800.913.1518 or 850.539.5999 to notify them of your intentions. You should be told to begin work on it and they will follow up at a later date with the necessary permits. If you have any questions, please call Alan Shelby at the Association office at 850.222.5646.