Hurricane Maria Resources
UPDATE 10/18/2017 at 12:30 p.m.
The Seminole County Casselberry Library Hurricane Maria Welcome Center has been deactivated. Should you still need assistance, you may visit CareerSource Central Florida at our Seminole County Career Services Center, located at 1209 West Airport Boulevard, Sanford, Florida 32773. You may also visit us at the Orlando International Airport or Osceola Heritage Park (see below for details), or at any of our other Career Services Centers located throughout Central Florida.
Update: October 13 at 4:00 p.m.
Hurricane Maria Outreach Efforts – CSCF
CareerSource Central Florida has placed staff at the Orlando International Airport (OIA), Osceola Heritage Park (OHP), and the Seminole County Library’s Casselberry Branch (Library, located at 215 N. Oxford Road) to welcome those displaced by Hurricane Maria and offer information, assistance, and hope.
CareerSource Central Florida is staffing the OIA location seven (7) days a week with three (3) staff a day on split shifts of 8:30-7 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. On each shift, 2-3 staff are bilingual English/Spanish. Staff are there to welcome and provide information about our services, hiring events, options, etc., and are referring candidates to our Southeast and Osceola Career Services Centers. CSCF plans to staff this location for a minimum of 30 days.
CareerSource Central Florida also has two (2) bilingual staff at Osceola Heritage Park from 9-4 p.m. seven (7) days a week. Furthermore, CSCF will have its Mobile Unit onsite beginning Friday, October 27th to provide additional workforce resources. Staff there is assisting with Employ Florida registrations, resume assistance, mock interviews, job referrals, etc., and will be holding a Hospitality Industry Job Fair for those affected by the hurricanes on Saturday, October 21st at our Osceola Career Services Center.
CareerSource Central Florida has one (1) staff member at the Casselberry Library today, Saturday, and Sunday, and may extend that schedule through next week, as needed. Two staff are bilingual English/Spanish, and are there to provide information on Emergency Reemployment Assistance, as well as our services. Staff is referring candidates to the Career Services Center that is closest to them.
Are You in Central Florida Because of Hurricane Maria? We Can Help.
We’re ready to help you with your employment needs.
- • Dedicated bilingual staff to assist you
- • Connections to local jobs
- • Access to food assistance and other community programs
Dedicated emergency staff are available:
Call 407.531.1275 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a dedicated line to refer Puerto Rican evacuees displaced by Hurricane Maria at 1-800-621-3362. Additionally, Puerto Rican evacuees may apply for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Puerto Rico has been severely impacted by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Claimants inquiring about filing a claim against Puerto Rico should be advised that due to lack of electricity, the web-site for the Puerto Rico Department of Labor is not operational and no claims are being taken at the present time.
Individuals should continue to monitor the Puerto Rico web site at http://www.trabajo.pr.gov and when it becomes operational, they will be able to file a claim through the internet. Filing a claim though the internet will be faster than other methods so it is advisable to wait to file online.
Potential claimants can also call 1-800-621-FEMA.
Press Release from Governor Scott
Gov. Scott Directs DBPR to Eliminate Licensing Fees for Puerto Ricans Displaced by Hurricane Maria
CLEWISTON, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott directed Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Jonathan Zachem to issue an Emergency Order suspending all fees required for occupational license applications for residents of Puerto Rico who were impacted by Hurricane Maria and are now in Florida. This includes over 50 different individual professional license types, such as barbers and realtors. By suspending fees, residents from Puerto Rico will be able to obtain a license from the state more quickly and continue their careers in Florida.
Governor Scott said, “As families from Puerto Rico relocate to Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, it is crucial that we continue to do all we can to make it easier for these individuals to rebuild their lives and provide for their families. Today, I have directed the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to take immediate action to suspend licensing fees that would hinder or delay recovery efforts so these families can get back on their feet and continue successful careers in our state.”
DBPR Secretary Jonathan Zachem said, “Following Hurricane Maria, the Department is working to provide necessary resources to help families and individuals recover and get to work more quickly. We appreciate the leadership of Governor Scott in helping these families, and hope that by eliminating burdensome fees, residents from Puerto Rico will be able to continue their livelihood here in Florida.”
Starting Oct. 7, CareerSource Central Florida has a staff presence at both the Orlando International Airport Disaster Assistance Center (in partnership with United Way) and Osceola County (Osceola Heritage Park) Hurricane Maria Disaster Assistance Centers. As events unfold, CSCF will be continually updating its Hurricane landing page (see below) with additional information, including sites/locations.
CareerSource Central Florida is also seeking Support from DEO for English language courses to be held in the centers.
Additionally, CareerSource Central Florida in working internally to create a flyer that will provide contact information and high-level service options for those coming to Central Florida from areas hardest hit by Maria. This will distributed at the above-mentioned centers, and will include a dedicated web address, phone number and dedicated email address (www.careersourcecentralflorida.com/welcomejobs, email@example.com, 407.531.1275).