FMEA in-person events through MAY 2020 have been canceled to protect the health of FMEA members and our communities.

FMEA COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19FMEA, in coordination with state and federal industry and government partners, continues to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have also made the decision to cancel all FMEA in-person events and meetings through the end of May, including the Florida Public Power Hurricane Forum, the Florida Municipal Broadband Alliance (FMBA) meeting, and the Administrative Professionals, Energy Auditors and GIS roundtables.

In an effort to provide our members with up-to-date and critical information, we have created this website to serve as a COVID-19 Resource Center. If you have any questions, changes to your utility information, or need additional information, please email nalbers@publicpower.com.

Quick Links

COVID-19 Resource Center


State Resources

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Webpage

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Florida Division of Emergency Management COVID-19 Landing Page

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)

Activated March 16, 2020 by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. The application period opens March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020.

Guidance on Access to Restoration Areas During Emergency Recovery Operations

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Executive Orders

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-89 – Restricting Public Access to Non-Essential Businesses/Facilities (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe Counites) (March 30, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-88 - FRS/DROP Program employees (March 30, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-83 - Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings, and Remote Work (March 24, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-82 - Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida from New York Tri-State Area (CT, NJ, NY) (March 24, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-80  - Airport Screening and Isolation (March 23, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-72 - Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures (March 20, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-71 - Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms (March 20, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-70 - Broward and Palm Beach County Closures (March 20, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-69 - Local Government Public Meetings during COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-68 - Bars, Pubs, Nightclubs, Beaches, Restaurants (March 17, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-52 - COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (March 9, 2020)

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Emergency Order in support of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-52

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-51 - Establishing COVID-19 Response Protocol and Declaring Public Health Emergency (March 1, 2020)

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Other State Resources

Associated Industries of Florida COVID-19 Resources for Business

Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center

Florida League of Cities Coronavirus Resources 

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National Resources

Baker Donelson Guidance Document: Nationwide Emergency Declaration – Access to Disaster Relief Fund

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread via Whitehouse.gov

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance

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Energy Sector Resources

American Public Power Association Information about COVID-19

Electric Subsector Coordinating Council Pandemic Mutual Assistance Checklist

EPRI COVID Impacts on Load and Preparations from Italy

FERC, NERC Industry Guidance to Ensure Grid Reliability Amid Potential Coronavirus Impacts

National Governor’s Association Governor Guidance on the Energy Sector During COVID-19 Response (March 25, 2020) 

Summary of Safety Information on Work Policies and Procedures (APPA, March 30, 2020)

U.S. Department of Energy Coronavirus Hub

U.S. Department of Energy and Homeland Security on Classification of Critical Utility Workers

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response (March 28, 2020)

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Other National Resources

FEMA Guidance Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures

FEMA Guidance Fact Sheet: Public Assistance: Non-Congregate Sheltering Delegation of Authority

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Response Toolkit

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Employment and Labor Resources

U.S. Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources

Families First and Coronavirus Response Act

Memo to FMEA Members from FMEA General Counsel re: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (March 25, 2020)

U.S. Department of Labor FFCRA Guidance Documents News Release  

U.S. Department of Labor FFCRA Fact Sheet for Employees

U.S. Department of Labor FFCRA Fact Sheet for Employers

U.S. Department of Labor FFCRA Questions and Answers

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave & Expanded FMLA under FFCRA Poster

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Short Time Compensation Program for Employers

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Temporary Layoff Assistance

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Additional Resources

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 General Prevention

How to Protect Yourself

Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) COVID-19 Master Assignment Tracker
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has graciously shared their COVID-19 Master Assignment Tracker. This tracker is used by NYPA’s Incident Management Team to capture, assign and track tasks associated with their response to the pandemic. Please feel free to use this as a template for your response.

What To Do if You Are Sick

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FMEA Member Pages and Policies and Information Related to COVID-19 

City of Alachua

  • Service disconnects and late payments have been suspended through April.

City of Bartow

  • COVID-19 Updates
    Utility disconnects for non-payment are suspended for a period of thirty (30) days (effective March 20).

City of Blountstown

  • Service disconnects and late fees have been suspended through April.

City of Bushnell

City of Chattahoochee

City of Clewiston

  • The City of Clewiston will work with customers experiencing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we encourage you to stay current with your payments as much as possible.

City of Fort Meade

  • COVID-19 Updates
    Utility Late fees and service disconnects have been suspended.

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority

  • Coronavirus Information
    FPUA has decided to suspend service disconnections beginning Wednesday, March 18 and continuing until further notice.

Gainesville Regional Utilities

City of Green Cove Springs

  • The City of Green Cove Springs has suspended utility disconnections on past-due accounts until April 30, 2020.

Town of Havana

City of Homestead

  • Coronavirus page
    The City of Homestead has temporarily suspended service disconnections until further notice.

Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach) 

  • COVID-19 page

    We understand that many customers may be facing unexpected financial hardship. To help, we have suspended all disconnections for nonpayment & will waive late fees for both homes and businesses for the time being. We encourage you to stay as current as you can with your payments.

JEA

  • Coronavirus page
    Until further notice, JEA will not disconnect utility services — water or electric — due to late payments.

Keys Energy Services (Key West)

  • Keys Energy Services has suspended disconnects until further notice.

Kissimmee Utility Authority 

City of Lake Worth Beach 

Lakeland Electric

  • Coronavirus page
    As your public power company, we are here to support you during this challenging and uncertain time. Effective immediately, we have temporarily suspended service disconnects for non-payment until further notice.

City of Leesburg

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) page
    The City will suspend utility cut-offs and late fees until further notice. This applies to all residential and commercial accounts.

City of Moore Haven

City of Mount Dora

Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach

  • COVID-19 page
    UCNSB is suspending disconnects for non-payment until May 1.

City of Newberry 

  • COVID-19 page

    Utility cutoffs for all essential utility services to include water, sewer and electricity will be postponed. However, the city encourages regular payment for customers to stay current with their account when normal operations continue.

Ocala Electric Utility

  • As of March 16, Ocala Electric Utility has temporarily suspended service disconnections for the next 30 days and will reevaluate the policy and time frame as the situation develops. 

Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)

City of Quincy

  • Utility cutoffs for non-payment will be postponed. However, the city encourages regular payment for customers to stay current with their account.

Reedy Creek

City of St. Cloud (operated by OUC)

City of Starke

  • The City of Starke discontinued shut-offs for non-payment of utilities during the duration of the emergency.

City of Tallahassee  

City of Wauchula

City of Williston

City of Winter Park  

  • COVID-19 page
    The City of Winter Park has suspended its disconnection for nonpayment policy until further notice.

*Disconnect policies as reported by utility. Contact utility directly for most up-to-date information.

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