Recovery and Readiness

Recovery and Readiness

Impacted by Hurricane Irma?  FloridaMakes can help.

NIST MEP Manufacturing Disaster Assessment Program (MDAP)

Helping to Create a More Resilient Florida

Hurricane Irma, the fifth strongest Atlantic hurricane on record made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 Hurricane on September 10, 2017. Hurricanes frequently strike Florida, more than any other state.

Irma’s path up the center of the state left unparalleled widespread devastation in Florida, affectingindividuals and businesses in all of Florida’s 67 counties with loss estimates of over $50 billion.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, FloridaMakes, the official representative of the MEP National NetworkTM in Florida, received a Manufacturing Disaster Assessment Program (MDAP) grant from NIST MEP to identify obstacles preventing affected manufacturers from returning to normal operations, to help them develop plans to support recovery, and to determine best practices before, during and after a hurricane. In accomplishing this, FloridaMakes will assist manufacturers in preparing for future disasters, and help determine a best pathway to a more resilient Florida.

The goal of MDAP is to assist as many manufacturers as possible restore to their operations, retain their workforce, prepare for future disasters, and to safeguard the resilience of Florida’s economy.

As part of the NIST MEP’s Manufacturing Disaster Assessment Program (MDAP), FloridaMakes has developed assessment tools to help manufacturers:

  • Assess the company’s disaster readiness in the event of a future hurricane or other unforeseen issue to weather future storms;
  • Generate awareness about critical areas for the business’ emergency preparedness and business continuity;
  • Share best practices and lessons learned, anonymously, back to you and other manufacturers to help strengthen your business;
  • Collect market data, in aggregate, to help advocate for potential support and resources for manufacturers in the future to make a more resilient Florida manufacturing ecosystem.

These tools are free and available for all manufacturers in Florida. Each survey below takes about 5 minutes. Information will be kept confidential and only data in aggregate will be analyzed to present an overview of Florida’s manufacturing readiness and share best practices. Following the survey, you will get an email with your survey feedback and additional options for next steps. The email will come from

To learn more about how FloridaMakes can help assess your company’s disaster readiness and develop a business continuity plan please call us: 407-450-7206 or email us:

At FloridaMakes, we exist to make a measurable difference and serve the public good. If your organization has suffered damage or anytime you are in in need of further assistance, please contact us through your Regional Manufacturers Associations listed below:

Manufacturers Association of Central Florida  

  • Serving manufacturers in Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole and Brevard counties)
  • Sherry Reeves, Executive Director -- E-mail:

South Florida Manufacturers Association 

  • Serving manufacturers in the Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Saint Lucie, Okeechobee, Monroe and Indian River counties.
  • Matt Rocco, President, Email:

First Coast Manufacturers Association 

  • Serving manufacturers in the Jacksonville area (Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, and Saint Johns counties)
  • Maria Corby, Director of Member Services, Email:

Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council

  • Serving manufacturers in the Northwest Florida area
  • Paul Miller, E-mail: 

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