As many of our Northwest District Dental Association members work to recover, we want you to know that the Florida Dental Association (FDA) and the FDA Foundation are here to help. We hope the following information will provide helpful resources in your recovery process.
Temporary Mobile Clinics Available
Dental Access Mobile Clinics LLC has temporary dental offices available for lease. The temporary offices are on a 48-ft. trailer platform and include the following:
- two fully equipped treatment rooms with intraoral X-ray units and computer monitors
- sterilization and lab area
- intake and patient waiting area
They can be run by either generator or shore power. There is one unit that is designed to be connected together with another to make a four-operatory clinic, but the units also can be used independently if more than two operatories are needed. Unlike many mobile clinics, and especially many vans, Dental Access Mobile clinics are designed by dentists and are fully functional for all phases of dentistry. They have separate treatment rooms versus open bays with chairs that may or may not be set up for four-handed dentistry. There are four units available during the second week in November and another unit available in late December. Please click here for more information or call 803.321.3220.
FDA Foundation Disaster Assistance Grant Program
The FDA Foundation has resources available for Florida dentists who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Emergency disaster grants for immediate personal needs such as food, water, clothing, emergency shelter, medications, etc. are available through the FDA Foundation’s Disaster Fund.
Grant amounts are determined based on completion of an application and available funds. You may access the FDA Foundation Emergency Disaster Grant Application here.
FDA Foundation grants up to $1,500 per dentist are available.
Questions or Assistance
If you do not have access to the internet and need assistance completing your application over the phone, please call the FDA office at 800.877.9922. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact R. Jai Gillum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portable Dental Equipment
If you need assistance securing portable dental equipment, please email email@example.com, call 800.877.9922 or send a or send a message to the FDA’s Facebook account.
Florida Small-business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Provides short-term, interest-free loans up to $50,000 to small-business owners located in designated disaster areas that experienced physical and/or economic damage as a result of Hurricane Michael. Please visit floridadisasterloan.org for more information on eligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2018.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Disaster loans and business counseling is available for people and business affected by Hurricane Michael. Learn more about SBA disaster loans, which Florida counties are eligible and how to apply at sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
Unemployment Assistance: For information on federal disaster unemployment assistance for workers and the self-employed affected by Hurricane Michael, please visit floridajobs.org or call 800.385.3920.
Short-term Food Assistance Benefits
File for D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to receive short-term food assistance benefits from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. ANYONE in the affected areas is eligible, and you can use the money you save on food to replace clothes and other necessities. Visit disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/5769 or call 866.762.2237 for more information.