COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness, News

COVID-19 Resource Page

Distress and Suicide Help Lines

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year hotline for people experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat.

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.
  • Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support. The DDH is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administered by the not-for-profit Vibrant Emotional Health. Vibrant also administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for SAMHSA, of which the DDH is a sub-network.
  • The DDH brochure can be viewed and downloaded for distribution at Spanish version available at

DDH recently released a “Referral Guidelines and FAQ” document that can be viewed and downloaded at; a pdf is also attached.

Physical Health, Mental Health and Coping Strategies

  • Tips for social distancing click here
  • Tips for managing stress click here
  • Mental health resources for seniors click here
  • NIH leaders discuss coping strategies here
  • Massachusetts General Hospital’s guide to mental health resources click here
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19 click here

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 National Case Tracker (searchable by state and county)

COVID-19 Screening Tool

COVID-19 Testing Site information

  • List of COVID-19 Testing click here and here

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules on Employer-Mandated Testing

Food Resources

  • Food for families: Schools across Florida are providing free hot meals for students and families who normally receive school meals. Click here for details or text FLKCoronaIDSMEALS to 211-211. Or call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator.
  • Other food resources: Feeding South Florida, click here and Farm Share click here
  • Online Purchasing Pilot for SNAP recipients: Both Walmart and Amazon will offer online purchasing statewide for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Additionally, DCF will continue to coordinate with the USDA and the Florida Retail Federation to expand the network of retailers participating in the pilot program. Walmart already accepts SNAP benefits at all brick and mortar locations in the United States. Now, customers will be able to use their EBT cards and opt for curbside pick-up. Utilization of food assistance benefits remains limited to the purchasing of eligible grocery items and cannot be used to pay for delivery services. More information can be found here. 

IRS Web Tool for Stimulus Payments

  • IRS web tool for non-filers to claim stimulus payment click here

To Donate PPE

  • To donate Personal Protective Equipment contact your county emergency manager here


Information for Our Providers

  • Where providers can report instances of fraudulent vendors relating to PPE or test kits go here
  • Dr. Auwaerter’s, Division of Infectious Disease, Johns Hopkins University weekly webinar go here

Florida state resources

Federal Resources

  • U.S. State Department: Travel Advisories travel advisory website
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator click here
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC COVID-19 website
  • SAMSHA resources here and training here
  • National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) COVID-19 Webinar Series
    • Care of Labor and Delivery Patients, Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 3:00 PM CDT Register
    • Healthcare Workers and Masks, Friday, April 17, 2020 | 11:00 AM CDT Register
    • All previous recordings and upcoming events can be found here:

Information for Consumers

  • Unemployment assistance applications are being accepted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Apply for benefits online
  • The HUD Exchange Mailing List provides frequent updates and guidance for the Continuum of Care programs and providers of housing and services for the homeless.
  • Individuals needing to apply for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF) or Medicaid, please go to Access Florida website.