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01/07/17 - Gov. Scott: We Are Directing State Resources to Help Displaced Travelers

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on resources the State of Florida is making available for those affected by the Fort Lauderdale International Airport attack.

Governor Scott said, “During the attack yesterday, many travelers had to run to safety which resulted in lost identification and missing belongings.  This morning, I directed the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to deploy Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobile units to the Ft. Lauderdale airport and seaport in order to assist with identification and credentialing needs.  We want displaced travelers to be able to return home to their families or start their vacation as quickly as possible.

“We are reaching out to consul generals on behalf of any displaced international travelers to see if they can come to the airport and provide passport services to assist them. We have also spoken with the American Red Cross, which is coordinating to provide travelers with necessary clothing, food and supplies.

“We continue to offer our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in this horrific attack and we will keep praying for the victims that are still fighting for their lives. While this is a terrible tragedy, I have been incredibly humbled by the stories of individuals helping one another and working together to help each other recover. We are fully committed to doing everything we can to meet the needs of these displaced travelers and will continue to share updates on information and resources as soon as they become available.”

Anyone who has lost luggage can call 1-866-435-9355. Remember to check www.floridadisaster.org/info for more information on available resources.

Resources for displaced travelers include:

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' Division of Motorist Services has deployed nine Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobiles to assist displaced Floridians and visitors with any identification or credentialing needs. The FLOWs will be serving customers in the areas of the Fort Lauderdale airport and the seaport.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' Division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has also devoted troopers who will assist at the FLOW mobile sites to help ensure the safety of customers as they obtain credentials from the department.
  • Family Assistance Center (provides services to those with loved ones affected by the event). Located at Renaissance Hotel, 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale FL, (954) 626-1700.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify hotel availability in Fort Lauderdale. They will be monitoring availability all night and will continue to issue updates to ensure accuracy of rooms and rate. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb has activated their urgent accommodations in Fort Lauderdale and all service fees will be waived for those affected by the attack. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/ftlauderdale to find available lodging.
  • Broward County Call Center currently offers a toll-free information hotline at (866) 435-9355.

To get the latest updates and briefings regarding the attack at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, please visit www.floridadisaster.org/info.

Gov. Scott Directs Flags at Half-Staff for Lives Lost at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport Attack

Gov. Scott: Resources Are Available For Those Affected By Fort Lauderdale International Airport Attack

Gov. Rick Scott: We Will Use Every Available Resource To Keep Citizens Safe

 

01/07/17 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on State Response to Fort Lauderdale International Airport Attack

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the below update on the state’s response to the attack at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Governor Scott is currently in Fort Lauderdale and has been meeting with state and local officials throughout the evening.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is monitoring this incident and will continue to do so 24 hours a day.
  • Emergency management personnel will continue providing updates concerning resources available to those affected and coordinating with state and local response agencies to monitor and respond as needed.
  • To get the latest updates, briefings, and available resources regarding the attack at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, please visit www.floridadisaster.org/info.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is working closely with and supporting the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has dispatched a team of grief counselors to the family assistance center to provide trauma and emotional support for victims and their families and loved ones.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has deployed resources and is currently on scene to assist with traffic control in the surrounding areas.
  • All ramps from I-95 to go eastbound on I-595 as well as all eastbound lanes on I-595 from the I-95 overpass are blocked and FHP remains on standby to receive the all clear from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Once the all clear is signaled, FHP will assist with the significant outflow and inflow of traffic at the airport that is expected.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and is providing traffic and road closure support.
  • FDOT urges all Fort Lauderdale residents and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com.

VISIT FLORIDA

  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify hotel availability in Fort Lauderdale. They will be monitoring availability all night and will continue to issue updates to ensure accuracy of rooms and rate. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb has activated their urgent accommodations in Fort Lauderdale and all service fees will be waived for those affected by the attack. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/ftlauderdale to find available lodging.

Florida Department of Children and Families

  • The Florida Department of Children and Families works with a network of service providers throughout the state alongside emergency management teams and law enforcement officers. Henderson Behavioral Health, the local provider in Fort Lauderdale, has reached out to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and remains on standby to provide services as needed.
01/06/17 - Gov. Scott: Resources Are Available For Those Affected By Fort Lauderdale International Airport Attack

Following the Fort Lauderdale International Airport attack, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on resources state and local officials are making available.

Governor Scott said, “Following this horrific attack, I know many families are worried about their loved ones and that many travelers are concerned and in need of helpful resources and support. Our local, state and federal officials are working together to get answers and make sure everyone is informed and kept safe. Our law enforcement will be working throughout the night and our state emergency operations center is monitoring this tragic incident and will continue to do so 24 hours a day.

“Anyone affected by this terrible attack can find helpful resources at www.floridadisaster.org/info. I have directed the Florida Department of Health to dispatch grief counselors to the family assistance center to provide support. VISIT FLORIDA has partnered with Expedia to constantly update their websites with available rooms for displaced travelers. Additionally, AirBnb has activated their urgent accommodations. Broward County has also activated a call center to further help any travelers that have been displaced. We will continue to keep praying for the victims and providing information as it becomes available.”  

Resources include:

  • Family Assistance Center (provides services to those with loved ones affected by the event). Located at Renaissance Hotel, 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale FL, (954) 626-1700.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify hotel availability in Fort Lauderdale. They will be monitoring availability all night and will continue to issue updates to ensure accuracy of rooms and rate. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb has activated their urgent accommodations in Fort Lauderdale and all service fees will be waived for those affected by the attack. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/ftlauderdale to find available lodging.
  • Broward Country Call Center currently offers a toll-free information hotline at (866) 435-9355.

To get the latest updates and briefings regarding the attack at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, please visit www.floridadisaster.org/info.

 

 

 

Updated:
January 10, 2017 11:16


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