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09/13/16 - Gov. Scott Urges East Coast Residents to Monitor the Weather and be Prepared for Storm Impacts

Today, Governor Rick Scott spoke with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to get an update on potential storm impacts. FDEM is continuing to actively monitor a developing storm system off the Eastern coast of Florida, and is urging everyone in Florida to remain vigilant. FDEM receives regular weather updates from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and as of 8:00 a.m. today, the NHC advised that the storm, designated Invest 93L, had a zero percent chance of formation into a tropical system. As of 2:00 p.m. Invest 93L had rapidly intensified, having a 40-percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next 48 hours. The State Emergency Operations Center and State Emergency Response Team stand ready to respond to severe weather. The Northeastern coast of Florida will likely see an increasing threat for heavy rainfall, gusty winds and rip currents today and tomorrow.

Governor Scott said, “As we know in Florida, storms can quickly develop, bringing severe weather to our state in a moment’s notice. Just earlier today this storm had a zero percent chance of development. Now, after rapidly intensifying over the past few hours, the storm has a 40-percent chance of development and Floridians must prepare for the possibility of a tropical depression or storm impacting Northeastern Florida. Just as with Hurricane Hermine, I encourage Floridians to get prepared and visit FLGetAPlan.com.

 “We are working closely with the National Hurricane Center and continuing to monitor the storm’s development and its potential impacts to Florida. We know that heavy rainfall is expected across Northeastern Florida between Daytona Beach and the Florida – Georgia border for the next several days.

“With the possibility of heavy rains coming to Florida, we must remember to continue combating the Zika virus. Following Hurricane Hermine and now with this storm, it is important for everyone to remember to dump standing water, no matter how small, following any rain. Our focus is on keeping Florida’s families safe and we will continue to release updates on this storm as it develops.”

The NHC has designated the developing system as Invest 93L and estimates it to have a 40-percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours. Heavy rainfall of 2-6 inches is expected over the next several days, across the I-95 Corridor, along with occasionally gusty winds, rip currents and possible waterspouts. There is also the potential for heavy rain for portions of the Panhandle.

FDEM Director Bryan Koon, said, “Invest 93L has the potential to intensify into a tropical system and all Floridians must be prepared. We are continuing to monitor this storm and its potential impacts, and I encourage everyone to visit FLGetAPlan.com to find storm resources and information.”

Should the NHC designate Invest 93L as a tropical system, the next name on the 2016 Atlantic Storm name list is Julia.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida.  The Division is the state's disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT).  The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Warning Point, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination. Follow the Division on social media at facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT

Gov. Scott Urges East Coast Residents to Monitor the Weather and be Prepared for Storm Impacts

09/06/16 - Gov. Scott to Join FDOT Debris Removal Crews Across Tallahassee

PUBLISHED 09/06/16 7:00 PM EASTERN

Tomorrow, Governor Rick Scott will be joining Florida Department of Transportation crews across the City of Tallahassee to assist with debris removal in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine.

Governor Scott said, “Over the past five days, I have travelled across Tallahassee and spoken with families affected by this storm. Driving around the city, it is clear that there is still too much debris on our roadways and in our neighborhoods. As of this afternoon, there are 15 Florida Department of Transportation crews in Leon County with more than 205 people working nonstop to remove debris so power restoration can continue as quickly as possible. At my direction, there will be even more FDOT crews coming to Tallahassee tomorrow to aid in these efforts.

“Tomorrow, I will be joining these incredibly hardworking crews all day to pick up debris. Members of the Florida National Guard, various veterans’ groups and agency heads have volunteered their time to participate in this effort with me. Cleaning up these areas in Tallahassee is not only crucial to helping utility workers quickly restore power, but it is also crucial to keeping our families and children safe.

Below is the Governor’s schedule for tomorrow. However, volunteers will be picking up debris all day in these neighborhoods.

WHAT:         Hurricane Hermine Debris Clean-Up Kick-Off
WHEN:         8:30 AM
WHERE:       Florida Department of Transportation
                    605 Suwannee St.
                    Tallahassee, FL

WHAT:         Hurricane Hermine Debris Clean-Up Site #1
WHEN:         9:00 AM
WHERE:       Lake Bradford Road between Springhill Road and Orange Avenue

WHAT:         Hurricane Hermine Debris Clean-Up Site #2
WHEN:         10:45 AM
WHERE:       E Indianhead Drive and Kolopakin Nene

WHAT:         Hurricane Hermine Debris Clean-Up Site #3
WHEN:         1:45 PM
WHERE:      Glenview Drive and Hollywood Drive

Gov. Scott to Join FDOT Debris Removal Crews Across Tallahassee

09/06/16 - Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Hermine

PUBLISHED 09/06/16 6:00 PM EASTERN

Governor Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support local small businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm and recovery efforts. The application period is from today through October 31, 2016.

Governor Scott said, “I have toured areas across the Gulf Coast and Big Bend and spoken firsthand with families and businesses owners who are ready to get back to work. Restoring Florida’s small businesses is crucial to helping our communities recover from Hurricane Hermine and the Bridge Loan Program will help provide much-needed emergency assistance. We will continue to use every available state resource to help Floridians impacted by this storm throughout the entire recovery process.”

DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, please go to http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda and select “Hurricane Hermine” from the drop-down menu.

Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Hermine

09/06/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Update On Department Of Transportation Progress In Leon County

PUBLISHED 09/06/16 2:20 PM EASTERN

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the below update on the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) progress in recovery efforts following Hurricane Hermine. Since Friday, September 2nd, FDOT has been working non-stop to do the following:

  • Clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs
  • Install 200 generators in the Tallahassee area to support the operation of traffic signals
  • Perform road and bridge assessments

On Sunday, September 4th, the City of Tallahassee accepted Governor Scott's offer for additional contractors from private companies to help the city restore power. These companies are working side-by-side with FDOT personnel and are currently working to remove downed trees and fallen tree limbs, as well as other debris that impact downed power lines in Tallahassee. These contractors are also providing over- line support to the debris removal crews. The crews began work yesterday across the city and are being paid for by state funds.

Today, FDOT dispatched five additional crews in Leon County. There are now 15 FDOT crews in Leon County with more than 205 men and women working on debris removal and power restoration efforts.

Please check Here for complete list of Streets and Road Location for status updates.

Update On Department Of Transportation Progress In Leon County

09/06/16 - Governor Scott Issues Updates On Hurricane Hermine Recovery Efforts

PUBLISHED 09/06/16 2:05 PM EASTERN

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the below update from the State Emergency Operations Center on recovery efforts following Hurricane Hermine.

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES HAVE GREATER THAN 2% POWER OUTAGE:

STATEWIDE: 18,293 HOMES AND BUSINESSES WITHOUT POWER

  • Leon – 11% (16,161 homes without power).
  • Wakulla – 18% (1,540 homes without power)
  • Taylor – 2% (133 homes without power)
  • Gadsden – 2% (363 homes without power)

  • 22 State Facilities reported without power

County Buildings are Closed in 1 County:

  • Wakulla

School Information

Have reopened today, Tuesday, September 6th: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Hernando, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Walton, Washington, UF Lab and Florida School for Deaf and Blind.

Will reopen on Wednesday, September 7th: Gilchrist (Teacher Work Day), Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla Counties, as well as, FSU and FAMU Lab

Law Enforcement
(FDHSMV, FWC, FDLE)

  • 23 out of 27 assigned missions are complete
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has two ongoing missions: one in Pasco County to provide public assistance and deliver water and one in Levy County to perform flooding reconnaissance.
  • The state is deploying 20 law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Capitol Police and other state agencies to patrol Leon County tonight
  • One death confirmed in Florida by a medical examiner as a result of hurricane

Transportation and Public Works & Engineering
(FDOT)

  • Continuing to work missions for pumps, bridge inspection and generators for signalized intersections without power, debris management and public information support
  • Providing fueling for the generators deployed in the Tallahassee area for the operation of traffic signals
  • Coordinating ‘cut and toss’ activities associated with utility restoration in Leon, Wakulla County and the City of Tallahassee
  • SR 72 in Sarasota is closed with emergency repairs planned
  • Continuing to monitor office and school closures
  • Providing maintenance and inspections of traffic signals.
  • Florida’s com Traveler Information System is one of the most effective ways drivers can keep informed about the state’s roadways during and following any severe weather

Business, Industry & Economic Stabilization
(DEO, OIR)

  • Business Damage Assessment surveys from the following counties have been submitted to the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (VBEOC)
    o   Alachua
    o   Charlotte
    o   Hillsborough
    o   Leon
    o   Pasco
    o   Polk
    o   Wakulla
  • The state continues to support impacted businesses and will report major closures on a case by case basis
  • Activating the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support recovery
  • Developed a hotel availability reporting tool for hotels to regularly notify the state of their lodging capabilities
    • Currently more than 80 hotels reporting
  • Continue to assist the Human Services branch by filling unmet needs with private sector assistance
  • Responding to business inquiries received through the Private Sector Hotline: 850-410- 1403.

Food & Water
(FDACS)

  • Continue to support mass feeding partners
  • Food Safety Rapid Response Teams have been deployed and assessed 244 food establishments permitted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This assessment will take place in 29 counties
  • Assessing ice needs for feeding agencies
  • Bottled water shipped to impacted areas from state warehouse:
    • Leon County – 6 Trailers
    • Gadsden County – 3 Trailers
    • Dixie County – 1 ½ Trailers
    • Pasco County – 1 Trailers
    • Wakulla County – 6 Pallets

Health & Medical Services
(DOH, AHCA, APD, DCF, DEA)

  • Monitoring post-impact Health Care Facilities to fulfill needs as requested
  • Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point (Pasco County) has been reopened and is accepting patients
  • Assisting Leon County Health & Medical Services with prioritizing power restoration
    • Providing generators as needed
  • Monitoring and updating boil water notices. To see all current notices, please visit org/info
  • Providing personnel bug repellant to Dixie and Levy Counties

Human Services Branch
(DBPR, DCF, FDACS, Volunteer Florida)

  • Monitoring post-impact Health Care Facilities to fulfill needs as requested
  • Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point (Pasco County) has been reopened and is accepting patients
  • Assisting Leon County Health & Medical Services with prioritizing power restoration
    • Providing generators as needed
  • Monitoring and updating boil water notices. To see all current notices, please visit org/info
  • Providing personnel bug repellant to Dixie and Levy Counties

Elder Affairs:

  • Assessing impact on individuals in homes within the impacted area to ensure there are no unmet needs.

The Salvation Army:

  • Providing Services in 7 Counties with 18 Feeding Units
    • Meals Served: 2,981
    • Hydration (Water, etc.): 2,960
    • Snacks: 3,214
  • Cumulative to Date:
    • Meals Served: 9,602
    • Hydration: 9,420
    • Snacks: 7,583

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Missionaries:

  • Provided one shower to Wakulla County and have a field kitchen in Leon County.
  • Cooked 1,479 meals, served by American Red Cross mobile feeding units.

The American Red Cross:

  • 7 shelters open | 40 sheltered
    • Wakulla County: Crawfordville Elementary School | 379 Arran Rd Crawfordville FL 32327
    • Leon County: Bethel AME Church | 501 W. Orange Avenue Tallahassee FL 32310
    • Columbia County: Mason City Community Center | 11110 US Hwy 441 S Lake City FL 32025
    • Pasco County: Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter | 11611 Denton Avenue Hudson FL 34667
    • Taylor County: Taylor Elementary |1600 E. Green Street Perry FL 32347
    • Dixie County: Trail Rider Community Center | 239 NE 241st Street Cross City FL 32628
    • Levy County: Williston High School | 427 W. Noble Avenue Williston FL 32696

Environmental Protection
(DEP, Water Management Districts)

  • Monitoring Florida’s Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network System and following up on wastewater releases

Resource Management and Communications
(DMS)

  • Charging Stations have been placed at the following locations in Leon County for individuals to utilize:
    • CenturyLink Locations
      1544 Governors Square Blvd. Tallahassee
  • T-Mobile/Metro PCS Locations
    • 3813 N. Monroe Street Tallahassee FL 32303
    • 1424 Capital Circle NW Tallahassee FL 32303
    • 3111 Mahan Dr Tallahassee FL 32308
    • N Monroe St Suite B Tallahassee FL 32303
    • 2450 Spring Hill Dr #2 Tallahassee FL 32305
    • 1918 W. Tennessee Tallahassee FL 32304

  • Verizon Locations
    • Governor's Square, 2014 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301
    • 1889 N M L King Jr Blvd, # 1, Tallahassee, FL 32303
    • Bradfordville Center, 6721 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312
  • AT&T Locations
    • 1706 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    • 3521 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309
    • 100 N Magnolia Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Sprint Locations
    • 1584 Governors Square Blvd #14, Tallahassee, FL 32301
    • 2264 N Monroe St #2, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • A map of feeding locations and charging stations can be found HERE.
  • Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) currently has all towers operational. As of this afternoon:
    • 5 towers on back-up generators
    • 3 towers have been restored to normal operations since last night
  • Wireless (Big Bend/ Gulf Coast Counties)
    • 7 towers are not operational (5 due to power loss)
    • 65 towers are on back-up generators
    • 20 towers have been restored to normal operations since last night
  • Landlines (Leon County)
    • 4,500 customer outages
    • 2,000 outages have been restored since last night

Military Support
(Florida National Guard)

  • The Florida National Guard continues to provide logistical support at the State Logistical Response Center in Orlando.

Volunteer and Donations
(Volunteer Florida)

  • Volunteer Florida has established a list of organizations that are serving individuals, families, and businesses following Hurricane Hermine so that those who want to provide assistance can donate locally. The list can be found here.
  • Florida Baptist Convention has deployed 3 chain saw crews to assist with debris removal in three counties; the number of counties continues to expand as more teams are deployed.
  • Volunteer Florida has activated Citizen Emergency Response (CERT) teams from 5 counties to assist American Red Cross and The Salvation Army at feeding and distribution sites.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with FAMU and Florida Baptist Convention to identify potential housing for volunteers.
  • Volunteer Florida partners 2-1-1 and Florida Association of Food Banks are surveying members to identify needs for children, elderly, and individuals with special needs.
  • Working with 2-1-1 to obtain a listing of types of calls received requesting assistance and information
  • Working with Business, Industry and Economic Stabilization Emergency Support Function to request donation of distribution supplies (i.e. food and cleanup kits) to provide to impacted areas – located warehouse.

Recovery

  • Collecting data from Initial Damage Assessments for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance
  • The Recovery Coordination Center is now activated
  • Individual Assistance:
    • Taylor County has requested: Joint Individual Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th
    • Dixie County has requested: Joint Individual Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 7th
    • Levy County has requested: Joint Individual Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Thursday, September 8th
    • Individual Assistance Requested: Currently working with FEMA and the county to schedule Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for Franklin, Hernando, Leon and Wakulla Counties.
  • Public Assistance:
    • Dixie County has requested: Joint Public Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th
    • Levy County has requested: Joint Public Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th
    • Taylor County has requested: Joint Public Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Thursday, September 8th
    • Public Assistance Requested: Currently working with FEMA and the county to schedule Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for Franklin, Jefferson and Leon County.
  • Vector Control:
  • Governor Scott and State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip held a call with all 51 mosquito control districts on Sunday, September 4th, to stress the importance of mosquito control and response following Hurricane Hermine

American Red Cross – Damage Assessments:
Central Florida Disaster Assessment
Field report on the observations of the damage assessment teams sent into Pasco County for the following areas:

  • Magnolia Valley area:
  • Sequoia, Live Oak St, Bergen Ct, flooded unable to access
  • Foxwood and Cayuga, Cherry Tree Ln, Clovis Ct flooded unable to access
  • Holly Lake Ln. near Clovis flooded unable to access
  • Duck Ln flooded unable to access
  • Valley Dr near Cherry Tree Ln flooded unable to access
  • Celeste Ln near Congress St flooded unable to access
  • Leo Kidd Ave and Siesta Ln flooded unable to access
  • Sun Coast Gateway and mobile home park:
  • Unable to access 175 homes, pumping in progress
  • Lake Worrell:
  • Cameo Dr. (Starting at house #85361) unable to access including Sunrise Ln.
  • Other areas in Lake Worrell are okay.
  • Bass Lake Area:
  • Brookwood Dr. and Outpost Rd unable to access neighbor at 9005 Outpost Dr stated 1 foot initially entered her home.
  • Westlock Dr. Unable to access.
  • Royal Palm Ave unable to access near Osceola Dr.
  • Rest of Bass lake unable most roads but houses appeared to have NVD.
  • Elfers Parkway Area:
  • Creek Dr. in addition to all connected roads flooded unable to access.
  • Worthington Court Apartment Complex:
  • Apartment’s flooded in rear water above a/c units unable to confirm apt numbers due to flooding (approximately 8 buildings)
  • NOTE: Heavy mosquito infestation
  • Blue Heron Area: (Actual name is Blue Heron Point 21 mobile homes affected 36”)
  • East of Congress approximately 2-3 blocks over Aurora and Carnelian flooded
  • West side of Blue Heron, (Blue Heron Point 21 mobile homes affected 36”) septic tanks flooded requesting water and supplies
  • Griffen Park Mobile Home Park:
  • Canton and Mango St. unable to access, 12 mobile homes observed flooded
  • Peony St and Canton unable to access flooded (large mobile home park unable to observe majority of homes)
  • Salvation Army is in area providing food and water to Blue Heron locale.

*All the following numbers are Preliminary Disaster Assessments gathered from local emergency management except for the DDA completed in Hillsborough County.
North Florida Disaster Assessment:

  • Leon County: 80% completed Killearn Lakes, Damage mostly affected or minor. We will continue to have teams in all regions of Leon county tomorrow
  • Wakulla County: 80% completed Crawfordville.
  • Taylor County: Steinhatchee is 90 % Complete and 80% of the unincorporated area north of Steinhatchee have been completed.
  • Levy County: Teams continue to work in this county
  • Dixie County: Teams continue to work in this county

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida  The Division is the state’s disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT)  The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination  Follow the Division on social media at www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT

Updates On Hurricane Hermine Recovery Efforts

09/06/16 - Governor Rick Scott: Additional Utility Resources Standing By To Help Tallahassee

PUBLISHED 09/06/16 10:10 AM EASTERN

Governor Scott released the following statement following his meeting with city and county leaders in Tallahassee regarding power restoration efforts in Leon County.

Governor Scott said, “This afternoon, I offered the City of Tallahassee and Talquin a proposal that included having utility workers operate side by side with contractors the state hired to be more efficient in restoring power. I am pleased that Talquin has accepted this proposal, and I am eagerly awaiting a response from the City of Tallahassee. As I said during the meeting with local officials this evening, I am appreciative of everyone’s hard work on restoring power, from the call center operators to the line men and women. However, I am incredibly disappointed about where the city is on restoring power. It has been almost four days since the storm and there are still over 21,000 families and businesses in Tallahassee without power. My focus is on what can the city and county do differently and what additional resources can be provided to fully restore power to all citizens.

“I have been assessing damage in Tallahassee and speaking with members of the community for the past four days. People across the city are frustrated. Right now, some schools are unable to open, businesses can’t open, people cannot go back to work to generate the income to feed their families and the list goes on.

“Both the state and many private companies have offered additional resources many times. In addition to previous offers made since Friday, tonight utility companies have once again offered to aid the city in power restoration efforts. This includes 400 workers from Duke Energy, 300 workers from Florida Power of Light, 75 workers from Gulf Power, 40 workers from Jacksonville Electric Authority and 210 workers from TECO. These companies are currently awaiting the city’s response on whether this is something that could be helpful to restoring power. Earlier today, we announced that in addition to the crews accepted by the City of Tallahassee from the state yesterday, more contractors were deployed at my direction this afternoon to further help restore power. This is something the state will continue to fund and we will keep sending crews.

“The hurricane season is not over, and next time we could be facing an even stronger storm. Cities and counties must be prepared. The State will continue to offer every available resource to Tallahassee, Leon and Wakulla counties to help families without power so they can begin to recover.”

Additional Utility Resources Standing By To Help Tallahassee

09/05/16 - Governor Scott: Additional Power Restoration Crews to be Deployed to Speed Up Power Recovery Process

PUBLISHED 09/05/16 3:45 PM EASTERN

Governor Rick Scott announced that in addition to the crews accepted by the City of Tallahassee yesterday, more contractors from private companies are being deployed this afternoon to further help restore power. While crews began working this morning, more resources are needed to quickly finish removing the downed trees and fallen tree limbs, as well as other debris that impact downed power lines, across the city. The additional crews will be paid for by state funds.

Governor Scott said, “I am grateful to the many crew members across the city who are clearing debris so power can be fully restored to Tallahassee. While they are hard at work, it is clear that even more resources are needed and that is why I am deploying even more contractors today. The city’s goal was to have 90 percent of homes in Tallahassee restored today, but with over 21,000 homes without power, it is clear the city needs more outside resources. I have also offered the city a proposal which includes providing city utility workers to pair with these contractors we hired which will be more efficient in restoring power.”

Additional Power Restoration Crews to be Deployed to Speed Up Power Recovery Process

09/05/16 - Governor Scott Issues Update On Department Of Transportation Progress In Leon County

PUBLISHED 09/05/16 3:15 PM EASTERN

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the below update on the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) progress in recovery efforts following Hurricane Hermine. Since Friday, September 2nd, FDOT has been working non-stop to do the following:

  • Clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs
  • Install 200 generators in the Tallahassee area to support the operation of traffic signals
  • Perform road and bridge assessments

Last night, the City of Tallahassee accepted Governor Scott's offer for additional contractors from private companies to help the city restore power. These companies are working side-by-side with FDOT personnel and are currently working to remove downed trees and fallen tree limbs, as well as other debris that impact downed power lines in Tallahassee. These contractors are also providing over- line support to the debris removal crews. The crews began work today across the city and are being paid for by state funds.

The following table details the progress made by the crews to clear debris and help power restoration efforts since beginning work this morning:

HAZARD LOCATION STATUS EST. COMPLETION TIME
Stearn St - between Eugenia St 
and Mosely St
Pending 3:00 PM
Dozier Drive - North of E Orange Ave In Progress 3:00 PM
Live Oak Plantation Rd - Multiple 
trees down between N Meridian Rd 
and Thomasville Rd
In Progress 3:00 PM
Baum Road - just north of Hwy 90 Complete  
McCracken Rd - West of Baum Rd Complete  
Lakeshore Dr - between
N Meridian Rd & Old Bainbridge Rd
Complete  
Sharer Rd - between Lakeshore
Dr and N Monroe
Complete  
Gibbs Dr - South of E Tharpe St Pending 3:00
Bragg Dr - West of S Adams St Complete  
Perkings Rd - between Old Bainbridge Rd and N Monroe St
Complete  
Miccosukee north of I-10 between
I-10 & Crump Rd - Several Trees down with power lines
Complete  
Old St Augustine Rd - between Blair Stone Rd & Capital Circle Complete  
Orange Ave - between Jim Lee Rd & Blair Stone Rd Complete  
Tram Rd - Near Gaile Ave Complete  
Barineau Rd - between Capital Circle and I-10 Complete  
Old Bainbridge Rd - between Capital Circle and I-10 (3 different locations) Complete  
Just south of 6th Ave on N Gadsden St Complete  
Bronough Rd - between E Tharpe St and Gaines St Complete  
6th Ave - between Martin Luther King Jr and Centerville Rd In Progress 3:00 PM
7th Ave - between Martin Luther King Jr and Centerville Rd In Progress 3:00 PM
Fleetwood Rd Complete  

Issues Update On Department Of Transportation Progress In Leon County

09/05/16 - Governor Scott Issues Updates On Hurricane Hermine Recovery Efforts

PUBLISHED 09/05/16 2:25 PM EASTERN

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the below update from the State Emergency Operations Center on recovery efforts following Hurricane Hermine.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES HAVE GREATER THAN 2% POWER OUTAGE:

STATEWIDE: 33,778 HOMES WITHOUT POWER

  • Leon – 19% (26,438 homes without power).
  • Wakulla – 18% (2,648 homes without power)
  • Taylor – 10% (1,193 homes without power)
  • Gadsden – 6% (1,394 homes without power)
  • Madison – 5% (542 homes without power)
  • Hamilton – 5% (342 homes without power)
  • Jefferson – 4% (302 homes without power)
  • 28 State Facilities reported without power

COUNTY BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED IN FOUR COUNTIES:

  • Jefferson
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla
  • Leon (partial)

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

Law Enforcement
(FDHSMV, FWC, FDLE)

  • 17 out of 25 assigned missions are complete
  • One death confirmed in Florida by a medical examiner as a result of hurricane

Transportation and Public Works & Engineering
(FDOT)

  • Continuing to work missions for pumps, bridge inspection and generators for signalized intersections without power, debris management and public information support
  • Providing fueling for the 200 generators deployed in the Tallahassee area for the operation of traffic signals
  • Coordinating ‘cut and toss’ activities associated with utility restoration in Leon County and the City of Tallahassee
  • SR 72 in Sarasota is closed with emergency repairs planned
  • SR 54 in Pasco remains operational with one lane open in each direction
  • Continuing to monitor office and school closures
  • Providing maintenance and inspections of traffic signals

Business, Industry & Economic Stabilization
(DEO, OIR)

  • Business Damage Assessment surveys from the following counties have been submitted to the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (VBEOC)
    o   Alachua
    o   Charlotte
    o   Hillsborough
    o   Leon
    o   Pasco
    o   Wakulla
  • Most major retailers open within the affected areas
  • The state continues to support impacted businesses and will report major closures on a case by case basis
  • Activating the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support recovery
  • Developed a hotel availability reporting tool for hotels to regularly notify the state of their lodging capabilities
    o   Currently 53 hotels reporting
  • Continue to assist the Human Services branch by filling unmet needs with private sector assistance

Food & Water
(FDACS)

  • Continue to support mass feeding partners
  • Food Safety Rapid Response Team is in the process of deploying assessment teams in affected regions and will assess food establishments permitted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
  • Assessing ice needs for feeding agencies
  • Bottled water shipped to impacted areas from state warehouse:
    o   Leon County – 6 Trailers
    o   Gadsden County – 2 Trailers
    o   Dixie County – 1 ½ Trailers
    o   Pasco County – 1 Trailers
    o   Wakulla County – 6 Pallets

Health & Medical Services
(DOH, AHCA, APD, DCF, DEA)

  • Monitoring and supporting special needs operations as requested by local Emergency Operation Centers
  • Monitoring post-impact Health Care Facilities to fulfill needs as requested
  • Assisting Leon County Health & Medical Services with prioritizing power restoration
    o   Providing generators as needed

Human Services Branch
(DBPR, DCF, FDACS, Volunteer Florida)

  • Supporting county transition of shelter occupants to alternative housing
  • Performing mass feedings in impacted areas
  • Supporting mass care with food and water
  • Distributing bulk mass care items as needed, including cleanup kits
  • Food Safety Teams will conduct inspection today in 29 counties
  • Baker County opened a shelter due to flooding on the St. Mary’s River due to a precautionary voluntary evacuation order along the river
  • Tarps shipped to impacted areas from state warehouse:
    o   Levy County – 350
  • ADA cots loaned from state warehouse:
    o   FSU – 250 Each for students displaced by power outage in a dorm
    o   AmeriCorps – 50 Each for volunteers coming in to support
  • Comfort Bath Wipe Packs shipped to impacted areas from state warehouse:
    o   Leon County – 56,000 Units
  • The Salvation Army is in seven counties with 23 Canteens providing feeding support at Comfort Stations and feeding locations, as well as, providing distribution of other relief supplies:
    o   Prepared meals (hot and cold) – 6,671
    o   Drinks (coffee, soda, juice, water) – 6,342
    o   Snacks (donuts, cakes, chips) – 4,312
    o   Water (per gallon or case) – 50
    o   Cleanup kits (per kit) – 278
  • Florida Baptist Disaster Relief are providing shower trailers to Wakulla County and have a field kitchen in Leon County – serving surrounding counties

    The American Red Cross reports the following:

Shelter/Evacuation Centers

8

Shelter Overnight Stays

51

Meals Served

955

Snacks Served

6,388

Fixed Feeding Sites

2

Mobile Feeding Units

16

Kitchens

2

Emergency Response Vehicles

13

Other Response Vehicles

30

Clean Up Kits Distributed

180

Mental Health Contacts

2

Health Services Contacts

18

Total Red Cross Workers

273

Red Cross Volunteers

248

Emergency Operations Centers Open

6

Emergency Operations Centers Open with Red Cross

5

Environmental Protection
(DEP, Water Management Districts)

  • Monitoring Florida’s Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network System and following up on wastewater releases

EMAC/Mutual Aid

  • Coordinating with counties for in-state resources
  • Continue ongoing Mutual Aid Planning and coordination

Resource Management and Communications
(DMS)

  • Charging Stations have been placed at the following locations in Leon County for individuals to utilize:
    o   CenturyLink Locations
        1544 Governors Square Blvd. Tallahassee

    o   T-Mobile/Metro PCS Locations
        3813 N. Monroe Street Tallahassee FL 32303
        1424 Capital Circle NW Tallahassee FL 32303
        3111 Manah Dr Tallahassee FL 32308
        N Monroe St Suite B Tallahassee FL 32303
        2450 Spring Hill Dr #2 Tallahassee FL 32305
        1918 W. Tennessee Tallahassee FL 32304

    o   Verizon Locations
        Governor’s Square, 2014 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301
        1889 N M L King Jr Blvd, # 1, Tallahassee, FL 32303
        Bradfordville Center, 6721 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312

    o   AT&T Locations
        1706 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
        3521 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309
        100 N Magnolia Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    o   Sprint Locations
        1584 Governors Square Blvd #14, Tallahassee, FL 32301
        2264 N Monroe St #2, Tallahassee, FL 32303

  • Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) currently has all towers operational
    o   8 towers on back-up generators
    o   11 towers restored to normal operations

Military Support
(Florida National Guard)

  • The Florida National Guard continues to provide logistical support at the State Logistical Response Center in Orlando and at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee

Volunteer and Donations
(Volunteer Florida)

  • Partner teams continue to remove debris, establish crews for tarping and muckouts
  • Continue to partner with organizations for local assessments of damage impacted areas
  • Coordinating Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) response and recovery efforts
  • Deploying AmeriCorps and Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to disaster areas – particularly sending above resources to the Salvation Army
  • Volunteer Leon established a Leon Volunteer Reception Center
  • Providing ice to residents

Recovery

  • Collecting data from Initial Damage Assessments, Public Assistance, Small Businesses
  • The Recovery Coordination Center is now activated
  • Scheduling additional Joint Damage Assessments with FEMA
    o   Levy County currently scheduled for Friday, September 9
    o   Dixie County currently scheduled for Tuesday, September 6
  • Individual Assistance:
    o   Taylor County has requested: Joint Individual Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th to begin
    o   Dixie County has requested: Joint Individual Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th to begin
    o   Levy County has requested: Joint Individual Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment Team Scheduled for Thursday, September 8th to begin
    o   Franklin, Wakulla and Hernando Counties have requested Individual Assistance and will be scheduled
  • Public Assistance:
    o   Taylor, Franklin and Levy County have requested Joint Public Assistance/Preliminary Damage Assessment. State is on standby working with FEMA to schedule the Joint PDA’s
  • Vector Control:
    o   Governor Scott and State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip held a call with all 51 mosquito control districts on Sunday, September 4th, to stress the importance of mosquito control and response following Hurricane Hermine.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida  The Division is the state’s disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT)  The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination  Follow the Division on social media at www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT

Updates On Hurricane Hermine Recovery Efforts

09/04/16 - Tallahassee Accepts Governor Scott's Offer For More Crews To Restore Power

PUBLISHED 09/04/16 8:15 PM EASTERN

Tonight, the City of Tallahassee accepted Governor Rick Scott’s offer for additional contractors from private companies to help the city restore power. These companies will remove downed trees and fallen tree limbs, as well as other debris that impact downed power lines in Tallahassee. These contractors will also provide over- line support to the debris removal crews. The contractors will begin work tomorrow morning across the city and will be paid for by state funds.

Governor Scott said, “I am very appreciative that the City of Tallahassee has taken us up on our offer for the private contractors we identified to help assist in the power restoration efforts. I also want to thank the City of Tallahassee for accepting Gulf Power’s assistance which was first discussed in our meeting Friday. Yesterday, I said that I hoped the city and county would take advantage of offers from private utility companies for assistance. I am glad that the city has done this. There is no doubt that we all want 100 percent power restoration. The city has committed that power will be back up by tomorrow for most of Tallahassee and I look forward to the city reaching that goal.

“The city and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) are working together to ensure debris is picked up as quickly as possible. I am hopeful that they will continue to work well together on behalf of all the residents of Tallahassee. FDOT has offered to immediately begin surveying downed power lines throughout Leon County and will clearly mark them as a hazard so the public knows to stay away. FDOT has also installed 200 generators in the Tallahassee area to support the operation of traffic signals.

“Additionally, the state is deploying 20 law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Capitol Police and other state agencies to patrol Leon County for the next two nights to help keep our neighborhoods safe. The state is providing bottled water at distribution points in Leon, Gadsden and Dixie counties. As of tonight, the state has provided six trailers of water to Leon County, two trailers to Gadsden County and one to Dixie County. The state has also provided more than 56,000 packages of personal hygiene products for residents of Leon County. Restoring power is what our families and businesses need. I appreciate the city taking us up on our offer and we will continue to deploy more resources and more crews if the city needs it.”

Tallahassee Accepts Governor Scott's Offer For More Crews To Restore Power

09/04/16 - Gov. Scott To Direct Resources To Help Restore Power To Leon County

PUBLISHED 09/04/16 6:00 PM EASTERN

Today, with more than 33,000 homes and businesses still without power in the City of Tallahassee and more than 40,000 homes and businesses without power in Leon County, Governor Scott is directing additional resources to the City of Tallahassee which will help quickly restore power.

Governor Rick Scott said “There are still too many people without power in the City of Tallahassee and Leon County and as you would expect, I will not be satisfied until it is fully restored. Today, I have identified contractors from private companies that can remove downed trees and fallen tree limbs as well as other debris that impacts downed power lines in Tallahassee. These contractors can also provide over- line support to the debris removal crews.

“While power restoration efforts are ongoing, I would like to do everything possible to increase the pace of power restoration. I am committed to making every resource available to assist the City of Tallahassee to fully restore power. The residents of Tallahassee deserve nothing less than 100 percent power restoration. I asked Mayor Gillum to let me know today by 8:00 pm if the city will utilize these efforts so we can quickly deploy help to impacted areas.

“This afternoon, as a matter of public safety, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to immediately begin surveying downed power lines throughout Leon County and clearly mark them as a hazard so the public knows to stay away. I am also directing FDOT to survey bus stops, school entrances, hospitals, and medical facilities and report any downed power lines that may be a public safety issue. I hope this will be helpful to the city and county. As I traveled Tallahassee, these issues are still unresolved by city and county government.

“I was also informed this morning that the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have declined further ‘cut-and-toss’ assistance from FDOT to clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs. I continue to hear from residents that this is needed. FDOT stands ready to continue providing this service to the City and County.

“I want to thank FDOT and their many employees who have been working non-stop since Friday to clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs, install 200 generators in the Tallahassee area to support the operation of traffic signals and perform road and bridge assessments.”

Gov. Scott To Direct Resources To Help Restore Power To Leon County

09/03/16 - Gov. Scott: Restoring Power for Families and Businesses Must be a Top Priority for Local Governments

PUBLISHED 09/03/16 3:00 PM EASTERN

Governor Rick Scott gave an update on Hurricane Hermine response and recovery efforts at the State Emergency Operations Center. Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state and local leaders and will continue to travel to areas impacted by the storm to assess damages and meet with Floridians today.

Governor Scott said, “Yesterday, I toured the impacted areas in Tallahassee, Steinhatchee and Cedar Key and met with residents who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Hermine. Today, I will continue to visit impacted neighborhoods, homes and businesses across the Big Bend.

“This morning, there are more than 78,000 homes without power in Leon County and more than 11,000 homes without power in Wakulla County. It is a problem that so many people do not have power and I fully expect every city and county official to aggressively fix this. Private utility companies have offered services to support these efforts and I hope city and county officials will quickly take advantage of this to help residents.  I will be asking local and county officials here in Tallahassee for an update on the progress of restoring power later today. Families and businesses need power in order to begin the recovery process and this must be a top priority.”

IN THE BELOW COUNTIES, THE FOLLOWING PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY WITHOUT POWER:

  • Leon – 57% (78,809 homes without power).  Leon County is overwhelmingly leading the state in the number of homes and businesses without power.
  • Wakulla – 72% (11,771 homes without power)
  • Alachua – 6% (7,092 homes without power)
  • Citrus – 5% (4,726 homes without power)
  • Columbia – 17% (5,403 homes without power)
  • Dixie – 36% (3,623 homes without power)
  • Franklin – 2% (242 homes without power)
  • Gadsden – 25% (5,507 homes without power)
  • Hamilton – 71% (4,735 homes without power)
  • Jefferson – 54% (4,340 homes without power)
  • Lafayette- 34% (4,149 homes without power)
  • Levy – 21% (5,165 homes without power)
  • Madison – 50% (5,235 homes without power)
  • Suwannee – 41% (9,007 homes without power)
  • Taylor – 67% (8,614 homes without power)

COUNTY BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED IN 23 COUNTIES:

ALACHUA, BAKER, BRADFORD, CLAY, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, DUVAL, GADSDEN, GILCHRIST, HAMILTON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LEON, LEVY, LIBERTY, MADISON, PASCO, PUTNAM, ST JOHNS, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION, WAKULLA

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

Law Enforcement
(FDHSMV, FWC, FDLE)

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is monitoring road conditions and has nine missions deployed to assist local sheriffs.
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing to assist with reconnaissance and debris removal. They are also providing proactive security and safety patrol.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is coordinating with local law enforcement to support communities affected by the storm and has multiple missions ongoing across coastal areas in the Big Bend. 

Transportation and Public Works & Engineering
(FDOT)

  • The Florida Department of Transportation is monitoring road conditions and closures. They are performing road and bridge assessments and clearance and assisting with traffic and debris removal such as fallen trees as needed.
  • The state also coordinated the transfer of 200 generators for Department of Transportation warehouses in Orlando and Fort Myers to Midway for deployment in the Tallahassee area to support the operation of traffic signals.
  • No interstates are closed at this time. Florida’s FL511.com Traveler Information System is one of the most effective ways drivers can keep informed about the state’s roadways during and following any severe weather

Business, Industry & Economic Stabilization
(DEO, OIR)

  • State activated Private Sector Hotline: 850-410-1403. Hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information.
  • Actively monitoring the Florida Virtual Business Operations Center and Emergency Management Constellation, which allow counties to request resources and monitor updates.
  • The state is also identifying major retail outlets that are open in impacted areas. In 17 impacted counties, 296 major retail outlets are open currently, including 40 in Leon County. For more information, contact your local emergency management office.
  • If you need help finding your Florida’s property insurance company’s website and contact information, click HERE. For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE.
  • If you have questions about insurance coverage, you can call the Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services’ Insurance Helpline at 1-877-693-5236. You can find other hurricane season resources from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation HERE.

Food & Water
(FDACS, DOH, DCF, DEA)

  • The state is coordinating with counties impacted by the storm for U.S. Department of Agriculture allocations and monitoring power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments.
  • The Salvation Army has deployed 13 canteens across the state to assist in these efforts.
  • The state has already sent 2 truckloads of water from the state logistics center in Orlando. There are multiple places they are giving out water for free in Tallahassee.  The Mayor’s office put out the following information on water distribution. Distribution will be from noon to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the following locations: Lake Jackson Library, Woodville Library, Ft. Braden Community Center, Chaires Community Center and Miccosukee Community Center.

Health & Medical Services
(DOH, AHCA, APD, DCF, DEA)

  • The Florida Department of Health is helping staffing needs at the shelter at Florida High.  As power continues to be out, we expect more people to go there.  DOH is also providing oxygen.
  • A special needs shelters remains open in Leon county. Please visit FloridaDisaster.org/Info for more information.
  • The Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ Area Agency on Aging offices remained open and provided services such as meals in multiple affected counties.
  • We encourage residents to continue to watch local news for information on life safety alerts such as weather threats and potential boil water notices.

Environmental Protection
(DEP, Water Management Districts

  • There are currently 8 state park closures. DEP is working to clear damaged areas and reopen more parks today once they are safe and secure.
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will continue to work with local municipalities to address any water or sewer related issues caused by Hurricane Hermine.

Energy
(DEM, Florida Public Service Commission)

  • Coordinating with utility companies to assess impacts to electric, natural gas, and fuel facilities
  • Monitoring and compiling updates on power outages and coordinating any necessary resources

Resource Management and Communications
(DMS)

  • The Department of Management Service is currently assessing state buildings without power.
  • There are currently six DMS managed facilities without power.
  • The state is continuing to assess telecommunications facilities, towers and services.
  • Additional generators are being deployed to sustain telecommunications currently running on backup power.
  • Comcast is offering free wireless for the next few weeks.  There are 2,000 hot spots available that are free for anyone, regardless of whether or not you are a customer.
  • DEM is working on the following items for the City of Tallahassee: portable showers, hygiene kits which include soap and shampoo, washer/dryer stations, and recharging stations for cell phones

Military Support
(Florida National Guard)

  • The Florida National Guard is in the process of mobilizing two teams of soldiers to provide logistical support at the State Logistical Response Center in Orlando and at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

Volunteer and Donations
(Volunteer Florida)

  • Volunteer Florida is coordinating over 40 non-profits and voluntary organizations and working with partners to provide shelter support and mass care feeding to areas in need.  

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state’s disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination. Follow the Division on social media at facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT.

Restoring Power for Families and Businesses Must be a Top Priority for Local Governments

09/02/16 - Gov. Scott: While Hurricane Hermine Has Passed Through Our State, Floridians Must Continue To Take Safety Precautions

Governor Rick Scott provided updates on the impacts of Hurricane Hermine in Florida. Last night, Hurricane Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near St. Marks, Florida. Governor Scott will be touring areas impacted by the storm today.

Governor Scott said, “As we all braced for impact and kept our families safe overnight, our emergency response personnel worked non-stop to respond to the needs of our communities. Today, we know there is a lot of work left to do following this storm. We will spend the coming days assessing the damage and responding to the needs of our communities and Florida families. The number one thing is to stay safe. While the storm has passed through our state, everyone must still take precautions and stay tuned to local weather stations for updates on road and weather conditions.

“Life-threatening coastal flooding and rip currents will continue and we must all remain vigilant. There will be a lot of debris, including uprooted trees and fallen limbs. We expect to see downed traffic lights, road signs and power lines that must be avoided. We also expect to have significant amounts of flood water along coastal and inland areas. Do not travel on the roads until they are clear and it is safe to do so. As the hurricane moved through our state, more than 253,000 Floridians experienced power loss. This number will continue to fluctuate throughout the day. I have contacted utility companies across the state and they are working to restore power. I have also spoken with local leaders, sheriffs and first responders to make sure they have everything they need to keep their communities safe.

“Heroes across our state answered the call last night to help those in need.  In Pasco County, fire and rescue personnel and sheriff’s deputies rescued 18 people from rising flood waters and got them to safety.  In Hernando County, FWC officers rescued families from flooded areas. I want to thank our first responders for quickly rushing to the aid of their fellow Floridians and our National Guard for standing ready to assist our communities in their time of need. We are also incredibly grateful for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Florida Baptist and the many volunteers who continue to lend a helping hand to those impacted by this storm.
“Florida knows how to prepare and we also know how to lend a hand to our neighbors in need. Florida is a resilient state and we will all come together to rebuild and recover from this storm.”
IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES, THE FOLLOWING PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT POWER:
Alachua – 25%
Citrus – 16%
Colombia – 30%
Franklin – 19%
Gadsden – 44%
Hamilton – 84%
Jefferson – 62%
Lafayette- 67%
Leon – 68%.  (More than 70,000 homes are without power.)
Levy – 13%
Madison – 66%
Suwannee – 53%
Taylor – 66%
Wakulla – 91%
SCHOOLS IN 35 COUNTIES WILL REMAIN CLOSED TODAY:
BAY, GULF, WALTON, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, HAMILTON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LEON, LIBERTY, MADISON, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, WAKULLA, ALACHUA, BAKER, BRADFORD, CLAY, DUVAL, FLAGLER, GILCHRIST, LEVY, MARION, NASSAU, PUTNAM, ST JOHNS, UNION, CITRUS, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO, PINELLAS, MANATEE
STATE OFFICES IN 37 COUNTIES WILL REMAIN CLOSED TODAY:
ALACHUA, BAKER, BAY, BRADFORD, CALHOUN, CITRUS, CLAY, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, DUVAL, FLAGLER, FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, GILCHRIST, GULF, HAMILTON, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, JACKSON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LEON, LEVY, LIBERTY, MADISON, MANATEE, MARION, NASSAU, PASCO, PINELLAS, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION, WAKULLA, and WALTON.
EMERGENCY SERVICES FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Law Enforcement

  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is monitoring road and deploying teams to assist local sheriffs as needed.
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted search and rescue missions for high water recovery efforts in multiple counties. They are currently assisting with debris recon and removal.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is coordinating with local law enforcement to support communities affected by the storm and has multiple missions ongoing across coastal areas.

Transportation and Public Works & Engineering

  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is monitoring road conditions and closures.
  • Florida’s com Traveler Information System is one of the most effective ways drivers can keep informed about the state’s roadways during and following any severe weather
  • No interstates are closed. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is still closed.
  • There are no reported fuel supply, distribution or retail issues at this time.

Business, Industry & Economic Stabilization

  • State activated Private Sector Hotline: 850-410-1403. Hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information.
  • Actively monitoring the Florida Virtual Business Operations Center and EM Constellation, which allow counties to request resources and monitor updates.
  • Fielded one (1) phone call inquiring how to use the above during post-disaster operations. Caller was referred to the DMS Florida Emergency Supplier Network.
  • Updated ESF 18 distribution lists from emailed requests.
  • Distributed SERT Flash Report No. 5 to private sector partners via GovDelivery and FLBVBEOC
  • If you need help finding your Florida’s property insurance company’s website and contact information, click HERE. For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE.
  • If you have questions about insurance coverage, you can call the Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services’ Insurance Helpline at 1-877-693-5236. You can find other hurricane season resources from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation HERE.

National Guard

  • Currently have 200 soldiers on state active duty in support of Hurricane Hermine.
  • 6,000 total guardsmen ready.
  • High wheeled vehicles in preparation for requests.
  • Early this morning, the Florida National Guard deployed reconnaissance teams beginning in Crystal River and working their way up the coast doing search and rescue.

Food & Water

  • The state is reaching out to counties impacted by the storm for U.S. Department of Agriculture allocations and monitoring power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments.
  • The Salvation Army has deployed 13 canteens across the state to assist in these efforts.

Health & Medical Services

  • Monitoring local special needs shelters across the state and supporting local healthcare facilities as needed.

Environmental Protection

  • There are currently 34 state park closures.

AMERICAN RED CROSS ACTIONS

  • Validating shelter numbers and overnight shelter populations
  • Conducting feeding operations in shelters
  • Accessing community needs for possible mobile feeding, tarps & clean up items
  • Providing intel throughout the day to FDEM and staffing county EOCs, as necessary
  • Initiating damage assessments and directing public to Red Cross safety apps (post storm)

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state’s disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination. Follow the Division on social media at facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT.

While Hurricane Hermine Has Passed Through Our State, Floridians Must Continue To Take Safety Precautions

09/01/16 - Governor Scott: Hurricane Hermine Hours Away From FL- Get Ready Now

This afternoon, data from the Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter said that maximum winds have increased to 75 miles per hour, making Hurricane Hermine the first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years. Governor Scott is urging all Florida residents and visitors to follow their safety plans and be ready for landfall. Florida has already started to see severe affects and landfall is expected around midnight.

Governor Scott said, “This afternoon I went to Wakulla County and met with Sheriff Charlie Creel, St. Marks Mayor Chuck Shields and other local leaders. They are already experiencing high water levels, flooding and rain, and this will continue to spread up and across the state. Hurricane Hermine is strengthening fast and it will impact the majority of our state. That is why everyone must be alert and follow their safety plans. If you are in an evacuation zone, evacuate now. There are around 20 shelters open in our state that you can go to immediately.

“The biggest threats to our state are storm surge, strong wind, heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes. There are many things Floridians can do to protect themselves from these storm impacts. Pay attention to weather alerts, your local news, and your local elected officials. Make sure your cell phone has emergency alerts enabled. Remember not to drive or walk through standing water. Watch out for flooded roads and road closures. First responders cannot get in to rescue those in need in the middle of the storm.  If you need information about evacuation zones or what other safety tips you should follow, please visit FloridaDisaster.org/info.

“The Florida National Guard has more than 6,000 personnel ready to mobilize. FWC has special operations groups standing by with boats and search and rescue equipment to rescue people. Both the National Guard and FWC have pre-positioned equipment across the state to immediately respond. I have also been in touch with our utility companies and they have already prepositioned resources to respond.

“These preparations are important, but it is still up to every Floridian to do their part to make sure they and their families are ready. For the first time in over a decade, Florida is facing a hurricane. Hurricane Hermine is going to be here in the next few hours and everyone must take this seriously. Please remember that while we can rebuild your home or your business, we cannot rebuild the loss of life.”

The NHC has designated the system as Hurricane Hermine. Hurricane Hermine has sustained winds of 75 mph and is projected to make landfall in Florida tonight. A hurricane warning is in effect for coastal and inland areas between Gulf County and Dixie County. A tropical storm warning is in effect for 30 counties across North and Central Florida. A storm surge warning is in effect for coastal areas between Manatee County and Franklin County.

STATE OFFICE CLOSURES FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
As of now, state offices will be closed in the following 37 counties:
ALACHUA, BAKER, BAY, BRADFORD, CALHOUN, CITRUS, CLAY, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, DUVAL, FLAGLER, FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, GILCHRIST, GULF, HAMILTON, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, JACKSON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LEON, LEVY, LIBERTY, MADISON, MANATEE, MARION, NASSAU, PASCO, PINELLAS, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION, WAKULLA, and WALTON.

EVACUATION INFORMATION
The following counties have areas with mandatory evacuations. Please call the local emergency operations center with any questions:

  • Dixie County – Horseshoe Beach, Suwanee, Jena
    • Dixie Emergency Management Office – 352-498-1240
  • Franklin County  – Apalachicola, east Point, Carrabelle, Lanark, St. George Island, Alligator and Bald Point, Dog Island, Rio Visa
    • Franklin Emergency Management Office – 850-653-8977
  • Taylor County – Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach, Cedar Island, Dark Island, Dekle, Spring Warrior, Nutall Rise, Ecofiania
    • Taylor Emergency Management Office – 850-838-3575
  • Wakulla County – St. Marks, Panacea, Spring Medart
    • Wakulla Emergency Management Office – 850-745-7200
  • Levy County – Cedar Key, Yankeetown, Fanning Springs, Fowlers Bluff, Otter Creek, Gulf Hammock, Rosewood and the West Side of Inglis
    • Levy Emergency Management Office – 352-486-5213

The following counties have areas with voluntary evacuations. Please call the local emergency operations center with any questions:

  • Gulf – Port St. Joe, St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill, Simmons Bayou, St. Joe Peninsula and Indian Pass
    • Gulf Emergency Management Office – 850-229-9110
  • Jefferson – Fanlew Community
    • Jefferson Emergency Management Office – 850-342-0211

EMERGENCY SERVICES FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Transportation and Public Works & Engineering

  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) district operations preparing maintenance yards; testing and inventorying equipment; placing emergency crews on standby; reviewing emergency plans; and preparing construction zones; and monitoring flood prone areas
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers — monitoring; securing key culvert structures on Lake Okeechobee and monitoring marine traffic
  • Water Management Districts — monitoring; preparing staff and vehicles; monitoring water levels and adjusting discharges as needed
  • Florida’s com Traveler Information System is one of the most effective ways drivers can keep informed about the state’s roadways during and following any severe weather

Firefighting and Search & Rescue

  • State is coordinating with the Fire Chief Association
  • State is coordinating Ambulance Strike Teams
  • Preparing for widespread response (flooding, possible high winds)

Health & Medical Services

  • Monitoring local special needs shelters across the state

Law Enforcement

  • State is coordinating with the Florida Sheriff’s Association to ensure resources such as personnel and equipment are ready to deploy
  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is monitoring road and assisting local sheriffs if needed. Currently, the Skyway Bridge, Saint George Island Bridge and Apalachicola Bay Bridge are closed.
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has special operations groups standing by with boats and search and rescue equipment if needed. They will also be activated in the morning to assist with debris removal.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is monitoring the storm and identifying assets and resources.

Business, Industry & Economic Stabilization

  • State activated Private Sector Hotline: 850-410-1403. Hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information.

National Guard

  • Currently have 200 soldiers on state active duty in support of Hurricane Hermine.
  • 6,000 total guardsmen ready.
  • High wheeled vehicles in preparation for requests.

Environmental Protection

  • There are currently 29 state park closures.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state’s disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination. Follow the Division on social media at Facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT.

Hurricane Hermine Hours Away From FL- Get Ready Now

09/01/16 - Governor Scott: We Must Prepare For Possible Hurricane; Effects Could Be Life Threatening

Following a call with The National Hurricane Center, Governor Scott is urging all residents and visitors from Tampa Bay to Pensacola to get prepared now before Tropical Storm Hermine makes landfall. Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to become a hurricane before landfall. Florida expects to start seeing severe affects in the state around 6:00pm and landfall is expected around 2:00am.  Hurricane and tropical storm warnings are ongoing along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Charlotte County to Bay County. 

Governor Rick Scott said, “This storm has the potential to be life-threatening if residents and visitors don't follow proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones.  This storm will impact the majority of our state. Right now, we are concerned about storm surge in our coastal communities, wind, rain and tornadoes. We can expect storm surges beginning this afternoon along the Nature Coast and the Big Bend, wind speeds up to 75 mph, rainfall of up to 15 inches in some areas and tornados impacting Central and North Florida.

“Evacuations are occurring in many counties and if you live in an area where mandatory evacuations are occurring, you need to evacuate now. If you don’t know your evacuation zone, please visit www.floridadisaster.org/publicmapping/ or call 850-921-0217. If you are directed to evacuate and don't, you're risking not only your life and your families’ lives, but the lives of those who are there to save you. 

“If you have a cell phone, charge it and keep it available all night. The National Weather Service sends out alerts for tornadoes, flash floods and hurricane alerts which can save your life. Do not ignore these messages and please stay alert to all warnings and pay attention to your local news.

“Anyone in the storm’s path must have ready the resources your families need such as water, flashlights, batteries and medicine. Power could be out for days or even weeks. That is why you have to be prepared with all of these resources. 

“I have been in constant communication with sheriffs and local officials to ensure they have everything they need to help keep their families and visitors safe. Our most important goal is to protect our families, visitors and communities and we continue to hope for the best, even as we prepare for the worst. We will continue to monitor this storm and will keep Floridians updated on any developments.”

Counties who will be most affected by storm surge include Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie, Taylor, Wakulla, and Franklin counties. Currently, at least 20 counties have closed their schools. These lists continue to change and Florida families should watch their local news for updates.  Tornado watches are expected to go into affect later this afternoon.

The following counties have areas with mandatory evacuations. Please call the local emergency operations center with any questions:

  • Dixie County - Horseshoe Beach, Suwanee, Jena
    • Dixie Emergency Management Office - 352-498-1240

  • Franklin County - Apalachicola, east Point, Carrabelle, Lanark, St. George Island, Alligator and Bald Point, Dog Island, Rio Visa
    • Franklin Emergency Management Office - 850-653-8977
  • Taylor County - Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach, Cedar Island, Dark Island, Dekle, Spring Warrior, Nutall Rise, Ecofiania
    • Taylor Emergency Management Office - 850-838-3575
  • Wakulla County - St. Marks, Panacea, Spring Medart
    • Wakulla Emergency Management Office - 850-745-7200
  • Levy County - Cedar Key, Yankeetown, Fanning Springs, Fowlers Bluff, Otter Creek, Gulf Hammock, Rosewood and the West Side of Inglis
    • Levy Emergency Management Office - 352-486-5213

The following counties have areas with voluntary evacuations. Please call the local emergency operations center with any questions: 

  • Gulf - Port St. Joe, St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill, Simmons Bayou, St. Joe Peninsula and Indian Pass 
    • Gulf Emergency Management Office - 850-229-9110
  • Walton -  Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar Beach, Sand Destin, Grayton Beach, Inlet Beach 
    • Walton Emergency Management Office - 850-892-806
  • Jefferson - Fanlew Community 
    • Jefferson Emergency Management Office - 850-342-0211

The NHC has designated the system as Tropical Storm Hermine. Tropical Storm Hermine has sustained winds of 70 mph and is projected to make landfall in Florida late Thursday night. Additional strengthening of this storm is expected to occur throughout the day today. A hurricane warning is in effect for coastal and inland areas between Gulf County and Dixie County. A tropical storm warning is in effect for 30 counties across North and Central Florida. A storm surge warning is in effect for coastal areas between Manatee County and Franklin County.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state's disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination. Follow the Division on social media at facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT.

Governor Scott: We Must Prepare For Possible Hurricane; Effects Could Be Life Threatening

08/31/16 - Governor Scott: As Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Florida, Residents Must Be Prepared

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Tropical Depression 9 to Tropical Storm Hermine. Governor Rick Scott today signed an additional executive order that expands the state of emergency to include nine new counties.  This is in addition to the 42 counties announced earlier today. The new counties include: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Manatee, Osceola and Sarasota.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management continues to actively monitor Tropical Storm Hermine and urges everyone in Florida to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions as it moves toward the Gulf Coast. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated to Level 2. To view Executive Order 16-206, click HERE.

Governor Scott said, “We are in constant communication with local communities and we stand ready to respond to any impacts, especially as we anticipate that the storm could become a hurricane before it reaches landfall tomorrow.  As we brace for this storm to impact Florida, I will be at the SEOC in Tallahassee tomorrow to continue to closely monitor it.

"At this time, we expect storm surge of upwards of six feet in some parts of our state.  We also anticipate total rainfall amounts of five to 10 inches of over portions of Northwest Florida and isolated tornadoes. I have spent the day traveling the state reminding Floridians of the importance of being prepared for bad weather.  Now that Tropical Storm Hermine is approaching our state, it is even more important for all Floridians to get a plan and prepare for severe weather.  If you don’t have a plan, please visit FLGetAPlan.com. We will provide regular updates on this storm and the state’s preparedness efforts."

On Thursday, Governor Scott will monitor Tropical Strom Hermine from the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. Governor Scott will participate in a weather briefing call with the National Hurricane Center at 11:15 a.m. Immediately following this call, Governor Scott will provide an update to press at the SEOC.

Governor Scott: As Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Florida, Residents Must Be Prepared

08/31/16 - Governor Scott Declares a State of Emergency in Florida in Preparation for Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression NineGovernor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 16-205 declaring a state of emergency in 42 counties within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Depression Nine. To view Executive Order 16-205, click HERE.

Governor Scott said, “Last night, hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Pasco County to Gulf County. We also learned that the National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Depression Nine to become a Tropical Storm sometime today. It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared. Floridians can make their own plan at FLGetaPlan.com. I have been closely monitoring this storm’s development and our emergency management officials have been working hard to make sure we are ready to respond to any potential impacts. By declaring a state of emergency in advance of this storm, we are ensuring that state, regional and local agencies can work together to meet the needs of our communities. We will continue to do all we can to keep our families and visitors safe and informed as this storm approaches our state.”

Governor Scott Declares a State of Emergency in Florida in Preparation for Tropical Depression Nine

08/30/16 - Gov. Scott to Visit Tampa in Preparation for Tropical Depression

After speaking with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) regarding Tropical Depression 9, Governor Rick Scott will be visiting Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center to be briefed on the storm’s potential impacts to the area. This morning, the State Emergency Operations Center elevated its status to Level Two in preparation for potential impacts from Tropical Depression 9. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting the storm to enter the Big Bend, Nature Coast and the Tampa Bay areas within the next 48 hours.  The NHC expects the storm to strengthen to a tropical storm today. The system will have the potential to produce widespread coastal and inland flooding, storm surge and gusty winds along the Florida Gulf Coast.  In addition, a strong threat of rip currents exists along Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches and the risk may remain into the weekend. A media availability with Governor Scott on the storm’s potential impact will be at 5:00pm tonight at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center, 2711 E. Hanna Ave. Tampa, FL 33610.

Governor Scott said, “Later today I will be at the Emergency Operations Center in Tampa to continue to monitor the storm since this area might have tropical storm impacts beginning Thursday. Florida families on the Gulf Coast and in the Tampa Bay Area need to prepare for five to ten inches of heavy rainfall as well as potential tornados. Floridians should always remember to never drive on flooded roadways, seek shelter in the event of severe weather and always have a plan in place to keep your family safe. We must also dump standing water around homes and businesses to eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes since we are aggressively fighting the Zika virus in our state. We will continue to keep all Floridians updated as we get new information.”

FDEM Director Bryan Koon said, “Whether this is your first tropical storm or you’re a seasoned veteran of past hurricanes, you need to take this storm seriously and be prepared for the very real threats it could produce. Make sure your disaster supply kit is fully stocked and you have a safety plan for yourself, your family and for your workplace or business.”

Potential impacts include:

  • Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches are possible over the Florida Peninsula through Thursday. 
  • Strong, life-threatening rip currents and other coastal hazards are possible along all East Coast and Gulf Coast beaches throughout week.
  • Specific Florida Gulf Coast impacts associated with Tropical Depression 9 could include damaging winds, storm surge, flooding and tornadoes. 
  • Gulf Coast impacts to Florida will likely begin Wednesday night and last through Friday.
  • Tropical storm watches for Florida may be issued later this afternoon.
  • Hurricane Gaston and Tropical Depression 8 do not pose a threat to Florida.

If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials.
  • Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.

If flooding is likely in your area, you should:

  • If you see a flooded roadway, remember the phrase Turn Around, Don’t Drown and always take your time when traveling.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canals and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with little or no warning.

The SEOC is the operational and logistical coordination headquarters for the State Emergency Response Team and is located in Tallahassee. The SEOC has three activation levels, with Level 1 being the highest:

  • Level 3: Normal daily active monitoring
  • Level 2: Activation of mission-specific emergency support and planning functions
  • Level 1: Full activation of all emergency support functions

For more information on severe weather resources, or to create an emergency plan for your family, please visit FLGetAPlan.com.

Gov. Scott to Visit Tampa Today in Preparation for Tropical Depression

08/26/16 - Gov Scott: As Weekend Approaches, Continue To Monitor Weather

Governor Rick Scott spoke with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Florida Department of State (DOS) to get an update on potential storm impacts. FDEM is continuing to actively monitor a developing storm system as it approaches the Florida Straits, and are urging everyone in Florida to remain vigilant as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. FDEM has not elevated the activation level of the State Emergency Operations Center, or activated the State Emergency Response Team but stands ready. Though developing more slowly than first anticipated, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects conditions will become more favorable for intensification as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Governor Scott said, “As the weekend approaches it is very important that Florida families and businesses prepare for potential storm impacts. The storm is disorganized and it’s still very unclear on where impacts to our state might be. We will continue to closely monitor the storm over the weekend and since we anticipate heavy rain, remember to dump standing water as we continue to fight Zika. It is crucial to make a plan and have three days of food and water as well as flashlights, batteries and medicine available. Weather in our state can change very quickly and Floridians must stay alert and always have a plan. Also, with the primary election on Tuesday, it is crucial that everyone goes out to vote early, regardless of weather.”

The NHC has designated the developing system as Invest 99L, and estimates it to have a 30-percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours and a 60-percent chance of cyclone formation within the next five days. The NHC does not anticipate any direct impacts to Florida earlier than Saturday night or during the early hours Sunday.

As Weekend Approaches, Continue To Monitor Weather

08/25/16 - Gov Scott: Floridians Should Prepare For Potential Storm Impact

Governor Rick Scott spoke with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Florida Department of State (DOS) on potential storm impacts. FDEM is actively monitoring a low pressure area associated with a tropical wave in the Western Atlantic Ocean. FDEM has not yet elevated the activation level of the State Emergency Operations Center, but stands ready to do so if the storm threatens Florida. Portions of South and Central Florida may be at risk for heavy rainfall, potential flooding and rip currents late this weekend through early next week.

Governor Scott said, “In Florida, we must always be prepared for a storm before landfall. Now is the time to gather supplies and ensure our families, homes and businesses are fully prepared for any potential storm impact. With the threat of a developing storm, we must continue to dump standing water since we are also working to combat the Zika virus. With the primary elections on Tuesday, I also encourage all Floridians to take advantage of early voting opportunities in case there is a storm in our state next week. This storm should serve as a reminder for everyone to get a plan if they don’t already have one.”

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is referring to the developing storm as Invest 99L, and estimates it to have a 40 percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours and a 70 percent chance of cyclone formation within the next five days. The NHC does not anticipate any direct impacts to Florida prior to the the early morning hours of Sunday, August 28th.

Floridians Should Prepare For Potential Storm Impact

08/06/16 - Florida Gulf Coast Residents and Visitors Urged To Prepare For Heavy Rain; Potential Flooding

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents, visitors and businesses from Tampa to Pensacola to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding as the National Weather Service monitors a developing weather system along the Gulf Coast.

FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon said, "The National Weather Service expects this to be a slow moving heavy rain event which could last through Thursday. We’re urging everyone along the Gulf Coast to prepare for increased flooding potential as rainfall totals accumulate throughout the week."

Potential impacts include:

  • The National Weather Service forecasts a large swath of rain currently extending from the Big Bend to the Tampa area to remain through Sunday before shifting west, placing portions of the Big Bend and Panhandle under a risk for heavy rain Monday through Thursday of next week.
  • Locations from Tampa to Pensacola will have the potential for heavy rain and flooding.
  • The current National Weather Service forecast calls for 10-15 inches of rain in locations from Tampa to Pensacola through the next 5 days.
  • Isolated areas could receive rainfall amounts in excess of 18 inches over  the next week.
  • Rivers and creeks near the coast could also be susceptible to flooding
  • Flash flooding could occur in areas that receive rain amounts in excess of 3 inches in a short period of time.
  • The National Weather Service has issued Flood Watches for Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties and may issue additional watches as conditions merit.

Plan for severe weather and follow these important safety tips:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown: NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and less than one foot of fast-moving water can move most cars off the road. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route.
  • Avoid areas known to flood: Flash floods can occur near streams, drainage channels, culverts and other low-lying areas with little or no warning.
  • Be aware of flash flooding: If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • If thunder roars, go indoors: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.
  • Turn on your weather radio: Ensure it is programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation.
  • Check your emergency supply kit: Make sure all of your emergency supplies are updated and accessible.
  • If a tornado warning is issued: Seek shelter immediately in an interior room away from any windows.
  • Know Your Zone: Know where you are located, and prepare to follow all instructions from local officials.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state's disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Warning Point, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination.

Florida Gulf Coast Residents and Visitors Urged To Prepare For Heavy Rain; Potential Flooding

06/20/16 - Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Florida First Responders

Governor Rick Scott sent the below letter to Florida first responders following the terror attack in Orlando on Sunday. To read the letter, see below or click HERE.

…

June 17, 2016

Dear Florida First Responder:

On Sunday, America was attacked.

Unlike the far too many times before, this attack hit close to home. The City of Orlando, City Beautiful, was terrorized in the darkness. It is during these hours of terror that true heroes come forward, placing their lives on the line in defense of the innocent. The brave men and women of Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Office were our heroes. This city, our state, our nation and the entire world is thankful for the brave actions of those who so selflessly placed themselves in the line of fire.

I will never forget the stories I have heard this week of your heroism and courage.

We will all forever remember the fearlessness of the officers and deputies who immediately responded to this attack and ran into the darkness not fully understanding the danger ahead.

We will remain in awe of the valor displayed by the SWAT members who rescued so many and defeated the terrorist.

We are proud of officers and deputies who joined the response and carried the injured out of the nightclub to receive life-saving care.

The bravery displayed by Orlando's law enforcement, first responders and emergency room heroes in the early hours of Sunday morning prevented an even more horrific tragedy. You, and all of Florida's law enforcement members who so bravely chose each and every day to protect our communities, have allowed Florida to achieve a 45-year crime low – and I am humbled by your service, dedication and fortitude.

The coming days will be hard. We have so many unanswered questions and there will never be enough answers for the families and loved ones who are grieving. We have suffered an enormous loss and we must take time to mourn this tragedy together.

As your Governor, I am proud to know that our citizens have each of you as our guardians and our protectors. Every day, you put yourself in harm's way to protect our communities. This attack could have happened anywhere in our nation and I am comforted to know that you are there to keep us safe from evil. Please know that our state and nation continue to pray for strength, peace and healing for you and all impacted by this tragic loss.

Sincerely,

Rick Scott Governor

Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Florida First Responders

06/17/16 - GOV. SCOTT ACTIVATES EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK

Governor Rick Scott activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support local businesses impacted by the terror attack at Pulse nightclub. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide emergency, short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that were affected in Orange County. The virtual business emergency operations center, activated by Governor Scott on June 14, is currently working with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network to survey businesses in and around the restricted access area by the nightclub.

Governor Rick Scott said, "We are incredibly thankful for the many local businesses that have come together to support Orlando throughout this difficult week. Activating the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program will provide important support to these business owners and their families as they begin to recover from the effects of Sunday's heartbreaking attack. We will continue to do all we can to make every resource available to help the Orlando community heal."

DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide an expedient cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term loans. Nearly $2 million is available for the program.

Owners of small businesses with two to 100 employees located in Orange County may apply for short-term loans for $1,000 to $25,000. Loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days and are interest-free for that time period. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to the issue of Executive Order 16-142, signed by Governor Scott on June 12, 2016, and demonstrate physical or economic damage as a result of the Orlando terror attack.

To complete an application by the July 31, 2016 deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org. For questions regarding local administration of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida at (407) 420-4850.

For questions regarding insurance coverage, contact the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation at (850) 413-5906.

Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program For Small Businesses Affected By Orlando Terror Attack

06/16/16 - GOV. SCOTT ISSUES UPDATES ON STATE RESPONSE TO ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK

Following the terror attack in Orlando Sunday morning, Governor Scott today remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott remains in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the week.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE has set aside more than $520,000 in residual Justice Assistance Grant funds for the City of Orlando and Orange County to be used for overtime pay for law enforcement and equipment associated with the terror attack. FDLE also requested $2 million in emergency Justice Assistance Grant funds from the Department of Justice to help with similar costs.
  • All victims have been identified and FDLE has notified all of the victims’ families.
  • The FBI is leading the investigation but FDLE will continue to provide assistance with regional assets and coordinate with all involved law enforcement agencies throughout the ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • 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 Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains at a Level 2 activation. The SEOC continues to coordinate efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.
  • The State Emergency Response Team has also been coordinating with private sector partners to provide families and survivors with important services such as free flights (Jet Blue), lodging (Airbnb), and transportation (Uber).
  • FEMA granted FDEM's request to allow the Orange County Sheriff Department to re-purpose existing funds to help cover operational overtime costs in response to terror attack.

Florida Department of Children and Families

  • Yesterday, DCF assisted six families affected by the attack by connecting them to resources for healthcare, food, child safety, and daycare. Local government requested DCF's assistance at a Family Assistance Center that opened today at the Citrus Bowl. This operation provides a single source of resources for the victims and families impacted by the terrorist attack. The operation will run from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Friday, and this weekend from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Contact the City of Orlando Family Assistance Center or call 407-246-4357 for more information.
  • The Florida Department of Children and Families is directing $500,000 in funding to local providers for crisis counseling services which include grief counseling, trauma support, and emotional support for victims and their families and loved ones.
  • Aspire Health Partners, a local provider contracted through the regional behavioral health managing entity contracted by DCF, Central Florida Cares Health System, continues to provide free crisis counseling to anyone in need. Services will be made available in the community as long as needed. Aspire's counselors are available for crisis and grief counseling from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Aspire's Princeton Plaza at 1800 Mercy Drive in Orlando. For more information, visit www.myflfamilies.com.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is working with businesses in Florida and across the nation that are interested in supporting the victims and families of the Orlando shooting. If your business is interested in providing assistance, please visit the City of Orlando’s volunteer coordination page HERE.
  • DEO is also working with businesses that have been impacted by the shooting. If your business needs assistance, including emergency business loans, please email ESF18@em.myflorida.com or call 850-410-1403. Businesses impacted by the shooting, including those in the restricted access area, can fill out a Business Damage Assessment Survey. (Select “Orlando Emergency Event” in the drop-down menu.
  • DEO is partnering with the Florida Small Business Development Center network to reach out to affected businesses to support a request for a federal Small Business Administration Declaration to provide long-term assistance to these businesses.
  • DEO is coordinating with CareerSource Florida to provide dislocated worker funding to the local workforce board to assist affected workers.
  • DEO’s mobile unit is prepared to deploy to the area in order to provide access to services available through Florida’s workforce system, including job search assistance, career counseling, training assistance, direct services to the local business community, and help affected employees apply for reemployment assistance benefits.

Volunteer Florida

  • Volunteer Florida is maintaining an ongoing list of services and financial resources available to support survivors, their families, and the community. To find out what services are available, please contact Volunteer Florida at 850-414-7400.
  • Volunteer Florida, in coordination with the Governor’s Office, activated the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. The Florida Disaster Fund provides financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and others in the community requiring assistance. Businesses and individuals interested in supporting The Florida Disaster Fund can make a contribution, at www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or by check made to Volunteer Florida Foundation, with “Disaster Fund-Orlando” in the memo line.  (Mailing address – 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, FL, 32311)
  • Volunteer Florida is supporting partner agencies responding to the event, including Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the United Way, and additional organizations providing food, water, translators, and grief counseling.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has waived the fee for death certificates for the families of the victims.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to stand ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • FHP is providing scene security and patrol in the immediate area of the incident. Motorists should plan their routes accordingly and try to avoid the area.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual's family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • The FWC Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available in the Orlando region to provide emotional and psychological support to first responders if needed.
  • FWC has additional officers available to provide relief support to Orange County law enforcement agencies if requested.

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

  • Seminole State College has grief counselors available for students and staff at all of its campuses. The college is also encouraging students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (407) 416-9976 and staff should call (800) 272-7252.
  • Valencia College has grief counselors available for students and staff, as well as reflection spaces, on all campuses. The college has also increased the number of security officers and law enforcement present and encouraged students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (800) 878-5470 and staff should call (866)-248-4094.
  • The Department of Education's Division of Florida Colleges will continue to watch for updates and ensure counselors are available where needed.

K-12 Public School System

  • Orange County Public Schools began summer school this week, and crisis teams are in place at all secondary schools to provide grief counseling to students and staff. The district is monitoring elementary schools and will provide assistance as needed.
  • District employees have been given information on assistance options for trauma and grief.
  • The Department of Education will remain in contact with Orange County Public Schools leadership to ensure its students' needs are met.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support.
  • FDOT urges all Orlando resident and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

  • The local Area Agency on Aging was present at the Family Assistance Center (FAC) yesterday and assisted individuals seeking elder-related services. The AAA is planning to provide staffing at the FAC throughout the week.
  • The Department of Elder Affairs has also identified and is maintaining a list of individuals in the Orlando and surrounding areas who are on standby and ready to assist with counseling and translation services if needed.

Florida Department of Management Services

  • DMS continues to monitor both commercial, cellular and public safety land mobile radio to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • DMS staff continue to remain on stand-by to deploy staged emergency communications resources (wire-line/ wireless/ radio services, equipment and personnel) if needed.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates On State Response To Orlando Terror Attack

06/16/16 - GOV. SCOTT: MAGELLAN CARES FOUNDATION INC. DONATES $10,000 TO THE FLORIDA DISASTER FUND

Governor Rick Scott recognized Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. for donating $10,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund to support the organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization launched last year by Magellan Health, a health care management company headquartered in Arizona.

Governor Scott said, “The Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. donated $10,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund in honor of the victims and survivors of the Orlando terror attack. I am proud to see so many organizations and individuals give to the Florida Disaster Fund, even though they may never directly know the people who will receive the important services and support this funding will provide. Every dollar given will help make a difference during this incredibly difficult time, and I am so thankful to everyone working together to support the Orlando community.”

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. There is no overhead funding; 100% of funds raised will go toward those in need. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Gov. Scott: Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. Donates $10,000 To The Florida Disaster Fund

06/15/16 - GOV. SCOTT: WE APPRECIATE THE BOSTON RED SOX FOR LEADING DONATION EFFORT TO THE FLORIDA DISASTER FUND

Governor Rick Scott recognized Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. for donating $10,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund to support the organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization launched last year by Magellan Health, a health care management company headquartered in Arizona.

Governor Scott said, "The Magellan Cares Foundation Inc. donated $10,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund in honor of the victims and survivors of the Orlando terror attack. I am proud to see so many organizations and individuals give to the Florida Disaster Fund, even though they may never directly know the people who will receive the important services and support this funding will provide. Every dollar given will help make a difference during this incredibly difficult time, and I am so thankful to everyone working together to support the Orlando community."

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida's official private fund established to assist Florida's communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. There is no overhead funding; 100% of funds raised will go toward those in need. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Gov. Scott: We Appreciate The Boston Red Sox For Leading Donation Effort To The Florida Disaster Fund

06/15/16 - GOV. SCOTT- FDLE AND DCF PROVIDING FUNDS TO HELP WITH ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK

Governor Rick Scott announced that FDLE has set aside more than $520,000 in residual Justice Assistance Grant funds for the City of Orlando and Orange County to be used for overtime pay for law enforcement and equipment associated with the terror attack. FDLE also requested $2 million in emergency Justice Assistance Grant funds from the Department of Justice to help with similar costs. The Florida Department of Children and Families is also directing $500,000 in funding to local providers for crisis counseling services which include grief counseling, trauma support, and emotional support for victims and their families and loved ones.

Governor Scott said, “We will continue to do all we can to help Orlando heal and our state agencies are doing everything possible to provide assistance to those impacted by this horrific tragedy. FDLE has been working with their local partners around the clock, but additional funding from the federal Department of Justice is needed to help support the ongoing investigation. DCF is also working to coordinate with counselors on the frontline to offer essential services to victims’ families and provide a supportive place for individuals to grieve loved ones. I appreciate the dedication of our state agencies and local organizations as we continue to work together to support the Orlando community.”

Gov. Scott- FDLE And DCF Providing Funds To Help With Orlando Terror Attack

06/15/16 - GOV. SCOTT ISSUES UPDATES ON STATE RESPONSE TO ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK

Following the terror attack in Orlando Sunday morning, Governor Scott today remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott remains in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the week.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • All victims have been identified and FDLE has notified all of the victims’ families.
  • The FBI is leading the investigation but FDLE will continue to provide assistance with regional assets and coordinate with all involved law enforcement agencies throughout the ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • 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.
  • FDLE has set aside more than $520,000 in residual Justice Assistance Grant funds for the City of Orlando and Orange County to be used for overtime pay for law enforcement and equipment associated with the terror attack. FDLE also requested $2 million in emergency Justice Assistance Grant funds from the Department of Justice to help with similar costs.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee is now at a Level 2 activation. The SEOC continues to coordinate efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.
  • The State Emergency Response Team has also been coordinating with private sector partners to provide families and survivors with important services such as free flights (Jet Blue), lodging (Airbnb), and transportation (Uber).
  • FEMA granted FDEM's request to allow the Orange County Sheriff Department to re-purpose existing funds to help cover operational overtime costs in response to terror attack.

Florida Department of Children and Families

  • The Florida Department of Children and Families is directing $500,000 in funding to local providers for crisis counseling services which include grief counseling, trauma support, and emotional support for victims and their families and loved ones.
  • Three crisis centers established on Sunday provided basic support, water, food, information, and counseling. Therapists were made available throughout the region to work with those affected by the tragedy, and assisted first responders and clergy.
  • Aspire Health Partners, a local provider contracted through the regional behavioral health managing entity contracted by DCF, Central Florida Cares Health System, continues to provide free crisis counseling to anyone in need. Services will be made available in the community as long as needed. Aspire's counselors are available for crisis and grief counseling from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Aspire's Princeton Plaza at 1800 Mercy Drive in Orlando. For more information, visit www.myflfamilies.com.
  • Local government requested DCF's assistance at a Family Assistance Center that opened today at the Citrus Bowl. This operation will provide a single source of resources for the victims and families impacted by the terrorist attack. The operation will run from 10-8 today, Thursday, and Friday, and this weekend from 8-2 pm Saturday, and 12-8 on Sunday. Contact cityoforlando.net/FamilyAssistanceCenter or 407-246-4357 for more information.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is working with businesses in Florida and across the nation that are interested in supporting the victims and families of the Orlando shooting. If your business is interested in providing assistance, please visit the City of Orlando’s volunteer coordination page HERE.
  • DEO is also working with businesses that have been impacted by the shooting. If your business needs assistance, including emergency business loans, please email ESF18@em.myflorida.com or call 850-410-1403. Businesses impacted by the shooting, including those in the restricted access area, can fill out a Business Damage Assessment Survey. (Select “Orlando Emergency Event” in the drop-down menu.
  • DEO is coordinating with CareerSource Florida to provide dislocated worker funding to the local workforce board to assist affected workers.
  • DEO’s mobile unit is prepared to deploy to the area in order to provide access to services available through Florida’s workforce system, including job search assistance, career counseling, training assistance, direct services to the local business community, and help affected employees apply for reemployment assistance benefits.

Volunteer Florida

  • Volunteer Florida has worked closely with the Governor’s Office to support the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.
  • Volunteer Florida is also currently compiling partner resources and determining unmet needs as well as assessing case management capabilities.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has waived the fee for death certificates for the families of the victims.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to stand ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • FHP is providing scene security and patrol in the immediate area of the incident. Motorists should plan their routes accordingly and try to avoid the area.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual's family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • The FWC Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available in the Orlando region to provide emotional and psychological support to first responders if needed.
  • FWC has additional officers available to provide relief support to Orange County law enforcement agencies if requested.

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

  • Seminole State College has grief counselors available for students and staff at all of its campuses. The college is also encouraging students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (407) 416-9976 and staff should call (800) 272-7252.
  • Valencia College has grief counselors available for students and staff, as well as reflection spaces, on all campuses. The college has also increased the number of security officers and law enforcement present and encouraged students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (800) 878-5470 and staff should call (866)-248-4094.
  • The Department of Education's Division of Florida Colleges will continue to watch for updates and ensure counselors are available where needed

K-12 Public School System

  • Orange County Public Schools began summer school today, June 15, and crisis teams are in place at all secondary schools to provide grief counseling to students and staff. The district is monitoring elementary schools and will provide assistance as needed.
  • District employees have been given information on assistance options for trauma and grief.
  • The Department of Education will remain in contact with Orange County Public Schools leadership to ensure its students' need are met

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support.
  • FDOT urges all Orlando resident and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

  • The Department of Elder Affairs is gathering information on organizations that have mental health services and call center services available to assist or supplement existing resources or personnel if needed.

Florida Department of Management Services

  • DMS continues to monitor both commercial, cellular and public safety land mobile radio to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • DMS staff continue to remain on stand-by to deploy staged emergency communications resources (wire-line/ wireless/ radio services, equipment and personnel) if needed.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates On State Response To Orlando Terror Attack

06/14/16 - GOVERNOR SCOTT ACTIVATES VIRTUAL BUSINESS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER TO ASSIST ORLANDO BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY TERROR ATTACK

Governor Rick Scott announced that the State Emergency Response Team has activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to provide assistance to local businesses impacted by the terror attack in Orlando. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and will survey businesses affected by the tragedy. DEO will share the results with various state and local agencies to implement appropriate relief programs.

Governor Rick Scott said, “The Orlando community and local business owners have come together and responded to this heartbreaking tragedy in the best way possible. We are incredibly thankful for the support demonstrated by businesses located on Orange Avenue and throughout the Orlando community this week. We must continue to work together and assist the Orlando community and all those affected in any way we can.”

DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, loved ones and neighbors affected by the tragic attack on Orlando. Florida communities are resilient and strong, and DEO is committed to using all of our available resources to helping the local area recover.”

Affected businesses should complete a Business Damage Assessment survey that will be used to determine which emergency support programs might be beneficial to help impacted local businesses. Local and state officials will use this information to quickly provide any needed assistance programs.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is working with businesses in Florida and across the nation that are interested in supporting the victims and families of the Orlando shooting. If your business is interested in providing assistance, please visit the City of Orlando’s volunteer coordination page HERE.

The survey can be obtained at flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda by selecting the “Orlando Emergency Event” event.

Governor Scott Activates Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center To Assist Orlando Businesses Affected By Terror Attack

06/14/16 - GOV. SCOTT ENCOURAGES LIFE-SAVING BLOOD DONATIONS ON WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

On World Blood Donor Day, Governor Rick Scott encouraged Floridians interested in making live saving blood donations to immediately set up an appointment to give. Interested blood donors can make appointments over the next few weeks to help replenish the blood supply by visiting www.oneblood.org.

Governor Scott said, “In the wake of this attack, we have seen an overwhelming response in the amount of people who volunteered to donate blood in order to help those in need. Donating blood is an act that saves lives- a fact that can be seen in the health of the patients successfully recovering. As we recognize today as World Blood Donor Day, I encourage those interested in making a donation to make an appointment today in support of our blood centers and communities throughout Florida.”

Gov. Scott Encourages Life-Saving Blood Donations On World Blood Donor Day

06/14/16 - GOV. SCOTT ISSUES UPDATES ON STATE RESPONSE TO ORLANDO TERRORIST ATTACK

Following the terror attack in Orlando Sunday morning, Governor Scott today remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott remains in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the day.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains at a level 1 since the activation at 11:00 AM EST Sunday. The SEOC is coordinating efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • All victims have been identified and FDLE has notified all of the victims’ families.
  • The FBI is leading the investigation but FDLE will continue to provide assistance with regional assets and coordinate with all involved law enforcement agencies throughout the ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • 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 activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and continues to offer support to the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors and the blood center in Orlando is at full capacity. DOH is asking donors to make appointments to donate later in the week. Blood banks outside of the Orlando area are not at capacity. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support.
  • FDOT urges all Orlando resident and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to stand ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • FHP is providing scene security and patrol in the immediate area of the incident. Motorists should plan their routes accordingly and try to avoid the area.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual's family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • The FWC Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available in the Orlando region to provide emotional and psychological support to first responders if needed.
  • FWC has additional officers available to provide relief support to Orange County law enforcement agencies if requested.

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

  • Seminole State College has grief counselors available for students and staff at all of its campuses. The college is also encouraging students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (407) 416-9976 and staff should call (800) 272-7252.
  • Valencia College has grief counselors available for students and staff, as well as reflection spaces, on all campuses. The college has also increased the number of security officers and law enforcement present. Students and staff have access to free counseling via phone by calling (800) 878-5470.
  • The Department of Education's Division of Florida Colleges will continue to watch for updates and ensure counselors are available where needed.

K-12 Public School System

  • Orange County Public Schools will begin summer school tomorrow, June 15, and crisis teams are in place at all secondary schools to provide grief counseling to students and staff. The district is monitoring elementary schools and will provide assistance as needed.
  • District employees have been given information on assistance options for trauma and grief.
  • The Department of Education will remain in contact with Orange County Public Schools leadership to ensure its students' need are met.

Florida Department of Children and Families

  • DCF has been working with local providers to offer crisis response such as assisting law enforcement officers in notifying families and friends of the status of their loved ones and offering grief and crisis counseling on site.

Florida Department of Management Services

  • DMS continues to monitor both commercial, cellular and public safety land mobile radio to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is working with businesses in Florida and across the nation that are interested in supporting the victims and families of the Orlando shooting. If your business is interested in providing assistance, please visit the City of Orlando's volunteer coordination page HERE.
  • DEO is also working with businesses that might have been impacted by the shooting. If your business needs assistance, including emergency business loans, please email ESF18@em.myflorida.com or call 850-410-1403. An example of businesses impacted by the shooting include those in the restricted access area.
  • DEO is coordinating with CareerSource Florida to provide dislocated worker funding to the local workforce board to assist affected workers.
  • DEO's mobile unit is prepared to deploy to the area in order to provide access to services available through Florida's workforce system, including job search assistance, career counseling, training assistance, direct services to the local business community, and help affected employees apply for reemployment assistance benefits.

Volunteer Florida

  • Volunteer Florida has worked closely with the Governor's Office to support the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida's official private fund established to assist Florida's communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.
  • Volunteer Florida is also currently compiling partner resources and determining unmet needs as well as assessing case management capabilities.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates On State Response To Orlando Terrorist Attack

06/13/16 - GOVERNOR SCOTT ACTIVATES FLORIDA DISASTER FUND FOLLOWING ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK

Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund following yesterday’s terror attack in Orlando.The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Governor Scott said, “We are committed to ensuring that every resource is available to help those in need following yesterday’s horrific terror attack in Orlando. Since the attack, we have seen Floridians unite together and our state has received an incredible outpouring of prayers and support. Activating the Florida Disaster Fund will give individuals across the country the opportunity to assist survivors and the loved ones of the victims. We will continue to work together in the coming days to do all we can to help this community heal.”

Governor Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund
Following Orlando Terror Attack

06/13/16 - GOV. SCOTT ISSUES UPDATES ON STATE RESPONSE TO ORLANDO TERRORIST ATTACK

Following the terror attack in Orlando yesterday morning, Governor Scott today remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott remains in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the day.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains at a level 1 since the activation at 11:00 AM EST yesterday. The SEOC is coordinating efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE continues to coordinate with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office on the terror attack and ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • 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 activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and deployed a 22 person Victim Identification Unit to support the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office and a 20 person Morgue Identification Unit.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors and the blood center is at full capacity. DOH is asking donors to make appointments to donate later in the week. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

  • DJJ has notified all employees of the availability of the counseling services through the employee assistance program.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support.
  • FDOT urges all Orlando resident and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to stands ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • FHP is providing scene security and patrol in the immediate area of the incident. Motorists should plan their routes accordingly and try to avoid the area.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual's family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here:www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • The FWC Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available in the Orlando region to provide emotional and psychological support to first responders if needed.

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

  • Seminole State College has grief counselors available for students and staff at all of its campuses. The college is also encouraging students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (407) 416-9976 and staff should call (800) 272-7252.
  • Valencia College has grief counselors available for students and staff, as well as reflection spaces on campus. The college has also increased the number of security officers and law enforcement present. Students and staff have access to free counseling via phone by calling (800) 878-5470.
  • The Department of Education's Division of Florida Colleges will continue to watch for updates and ensure counselors are available where needed.

K-12 Public School System

  • The Orange County Public Schools Headquarters Office will have heighted security, and grief counselors will be available. All Orange County Public Schools are currently out for summer break.

Florida Department of Management Services

  • DMS is monitoring both commercial, cellular and public safety land mobile radio to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates On State Response To Orlando Terrorist Attack

Gov. Scott Directs Flags At Half Staff For Victims Of The Orlando Terrorist Attack

06/13/16 - FOLLOWING ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK, GOV. SCOTT REQUESTS EMERGENCY DECLARATION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

Governor Rick Scott has requested an Emergency Declaration under the Stafford Act from President Obama. To view the letter, click HERE.

Governor Rick Scott said, "Yesterday's terror attack was an attack on our state and entire nation. This morning, I have asked President Obama to declare an emergency so that the full resources of the federal government can be made available for all those impacted by this horrific massacre.

"I have remained in constant communication with federal, state and local law enforcement. I have spoken with our hospitals who are caring for those who are wounded and recovering. I have also been in contact with some of the victims' families to let them know we are grieving with them and will be there for them every step of the way. Our state is mourning, but the Orlando community is strong. We are all coming together, and we will get through this together. I ask every American to continue to pray for our state and nation and all those affected by this terror attack."

Following Orlando Terror Attack, Gov. Scott Requests Emergency Declaration From President Obama

06/12/16 - GOV. SCOTT ISSUES UPDATES ON STATE RESPONSE TO ORLANDO TERRORIST ATTACK

Today, following the terrorist attack in Orlando this morning, Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott is currently in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the day.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee activated to a level 1 at 11:00 AM EST. The SEOC is coordinating efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE is coordinating with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on the terrorist attack and ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise, and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach. 
  • FDLE is also leading the officer-involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • 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

  • DOH has activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and deployed a 20 person Victim Identification Unit to support the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors; the blood center is at full capacity and DOH is asking donors to make appointments and to donate later in the week. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has activated personnel to support the Florida Fusion Center at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

  • The Orlando Command Center Staff are set up in the parking lot of the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center. DJJ staff have redirected center staff and visitors for the day to an alternate access for the center. Command center staff have access to the lobby of the building for use of facilities, should they need them.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • FDOT remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support if needed.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • FLHSMV stands ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • The department urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual’s family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Department of Education

  • The Orange County Public Schools Headquarters Office will implement heighted security tomorrow and grief counselors will be available if needed. All Orange County Public Schools are currently out for summer break.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates On State Response To Orlando Terrorist Attack

Gov. Scott Directs Flags At Half Staff For Victims Of The Orlando Terrorist Attack

06/07/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Colin Following Landfall Monday Night

Today, following the landfall of Tropical Storm Colin last night, Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any impacts from the storm. All tropical storm warnings for Florida have been cancelled, but flood watches remain in effect for 24 counties. Governor Scott will visit and thank first responders and law enforcement officers in Jacksonville and Tampa today for their preparation to keep Florida families safe.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains at a Level 2 following the 11:00 a.m., June 5 activation. Level 2 activates mission-specific emergency support and planning functions.
  • DEM continues to work in conjunction with the State Emergency Response Team through the response phrase of operations and is now making preparations into the recovery phrase. 

Florida National Guard

  • The Florida National Guard remains on alert and has more than 6,000 Guardsmen ready for deployment to Florida's communities.

Florida Department of Education

  • All school districts and Florida College System institutions have returned to normal operations. 

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE continues to work with state and local partners assessing issues related to potential flooding. Tampa remains the focal point of attention today as rain and flooding continues to impact Florida.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

  • The Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management Districts continue to monitor the impacts of the storm and remain prepared to offer assistance upon request.
  • The Florida Park Service has re-opened most parks for day use and/or camping; however, some remain closed to ensure visitor safety. For a complete list of closures, click here.
  • The department has designated staging areas to manage debris clean up after the storm.

Florida Department of Health

  • The department is working with county health departments and community partners to urge residents to drain standing water that accumulated due to the large amount of rain associated with Tropical Storm Colin. Eliminating standing water is crucial to preventing mosquito breeding sites.
  • All county health department offices are open today.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues to urge all motorists to use caution when driving during hazardous weather conditions.
  • Florida's FL511.com Traveler Information System is one of the most effective ways drivers can keep informed about the state's roadways during and following any severe weather.
  • The Transportation Emergency Operations Center remains partially activated to ensure coordination and support of FDOT assets.

 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • FWC has increased capacity for water rescues by dispatching additional boats in response to flooding.
  • FWC is working with various community organizations and agencies to identify any impacts to wildlife in areas affected by Tropical Storm Colin. FWC biologists will respond as needed to protect Florida's wildlife.

 Office of Early Learning

  • All early learning coalitions have re-opened this morning. The Office of Early Learning will continue to monitor for any closures.
  • The Early Learning Coalition of Duval County reported that one center in their service area had a tree fall on the roof. There were no injuries, the damage was minimal and they will re-open tomorrow.

Florida Department of Corrections

  • The Department will continue to closely monitor the impacts of Tropical Storm Colin and will take appropriate actions to ensure the safety of inmates and security of the institutions.

Department of Elder Affairs

  • The Department of Elder Affairs is coordinating with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services continue to meet the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Highway Patrol's 250-person response team continues to stand ready to deploy as needed to assist with road closures, directing traffic in the event of power outages and to respond to any call for service as needed by local law enforcement agencies. 
  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has designated specific mutual-aid communication channels on the State Law Enforcement Radio System, including a channel specifically designated for contraflow on the interstate if needed.
  • FHP reports all lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge / I-275 mile marker 8 in St. Petersburg remain closed at this time. The Howard Frankland Bridge remains open.
  • DHSMV and Tax Collector offices are open at this time. Some offices in impacted counties may not be conducting road tests so customers are advised to call their local DHSMV or Tax Collector offices ahead of time. The department remains in close contact with its Tax Collector partners and will continue to monitor the impact of the storm.

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

  • All state veterans' nursing homes and domiciliaries are on normal operations.
  • All FDVA employees continue to be prepared to respond to any additional needs of our veterans.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation

  • DBPR's Division of Regulation field staff will be assisting DEM in preliminary damage assessments and the agency continues to watch for potential unlicensed activity.
  • This outreach will consist of licensure checks for contractors engaging in services requiring a license and outreach efforts to educate homeowners and business owners of the steps to take to avoid becoming victim to an unlicensed activity scam. 

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

  • For regular updates, businesses can register with the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center at http://flvbeoc.org.
  • If businesses in a particular area are damaged by the storm, DEO will begin surveying the affected areas and stands ready to launch the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

  • APD has updated its website to have vital links on its home page included links to the Division of Emergency Management so people have access to the latest information on the storm.
  • Both APD Developmental Disabilities Centers, in Marianna and Gainesville, are back to normal operations.

Volunteer Florida

  • Volunteer Florida has begun outreach to more than 20 volunteer organizations active in disasters to coordinate volunteer efforts following the storm, such as debris removal.
  • Volunteer Florida is prepared to work with local partners to deploy volunteer teams to assist with response and recovery activities caused by Tropical Storm Colin, such as feeding, sheltering, debris removal and repair assistance.
Volunteer Florida encourages Floridians to support local disaster organizations or to call 1-800-FL-Help-1 to receive information on how to donate to the Volunteer Florida Disaster Fund.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Colin Following Landfall Monday Night

06/06/16 - Gov. Scott Reminds Floridians to Use Caution as Tropical Storm Colin Makes Landfall Tonight

June 6th, following the 5:15 p.m. update on Tropical Storm Colin with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, Governor Rick Scott reminded Floridians to continue to use caution and prepare for potential impacts of the storm. Thirty four counties are currently under a tropical storm warning and 59 counties are under flood watches.

Governor Scott said, "As our state continues to feel the impact of Tropical Storm Colin and it makes landfall this evening, it is critical that all Floridians use caution and remain alert. Tonight, areas across our state will continue to experience heavy rain, tropical storm force winds, possible tornadoes and flooding. We will continue to work collaboratively with the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center and our county Emergency Management teams to provide regular updates and protect Florida's communities. It is important for all families to remain informed of the storm's movements and continue to exercise caution before leaving home as rain chances are expected to remain high throughout the week."

State Coordinating Officer Bryan Koon said, "Standing water can be difficult to see and can obscure other hazards, such as the edges of canals and existing waterways – especially at night. Floodwaters pose significant health risks and everyone should avoid contact with storm water. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Potential weather impacts include:

  • An additional 3-5 inches of rain is possible over the next 24 hours and Flood Watches remain in effect for 59 Counties.
  • Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes remain possible across the Florida Big Bend and entire Florida Peninsula tonight. The risk for severe weather will continue for the Peninsula on Tuesday.
  • Rip currents and minor coastal flooding and erosion is possible along the Gulf Coast from Franklin to Lee Counties as storm surge heights reach up to four feet with breaking waves of up to 10 feet, with the highest levels predicted in Apalachee Bay and along the Nature Coast. Increased waves are also expected along the Atlantic Coast on Tuesday with rip currents expected.

Gov. Scott Reminds Floridians to Use Caution as Tropical Storm Colin Makes Landfall Tonight

06/06/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Colin Preparedness Efforts

Today, Governor Rick Scott received a full update on Tropical Strom Colin at the State Emergency Operations Center. Governor Scott has been in constant communication with state agency leaders who are also working to ensure the state is prepared for any impacts from Tropical Storm Colin.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • At 11:00 A.M. EDT yesterday, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee elevated its activation status to Level 2, which activates mission-specific emergency support and planning functions, as the state prepares for possible impacts from the storm.

Florida National Guard

  • The Florida National Guard has been activated and has more than 6,000 Guardsmen ready for deployment to Florida's communities.

Florida Department of Education

  • The Florida Department of Education activated its emergency contact system for the west coast, central, big bend and north east Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.

K-12 Public Schools

  • Charlotte County has cancelled summer camp activities.
  • Duval County has cancelled all after-school activities.
  • Hillsborough County has cancelled night school classes and postponed graduations for Tampa Bay Technical School and Durant High School.
  • Levy County closed schools by 12:30 p.m.
  • Manatee County closed Anna Maria Elementary and cancelled all after-school activities.
  • Pasco County closed schools by 12:30 p.m.
  • Pinellas County schools will dismiss students an hour and a half early and all evening classes and after-school activities are cancelled.
  • Taylor County School District closed all pre-k programs and its reading summer camp.
  • Wakulla County closed schools for the afternoon and cancelled the Baccalaureate Ceremony scheduled for this evening.

Florida College System

  • Hillsborough Community College closed at 1 p.m. and cancelled all afternoon and evening classes.
  • Pasco-Hernando State College closed at noon.
  • St. Petersburg College closed this afternoon.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE regions are coordinating with local law enforcement agencies and emergency operations centers to identify protective actions in advance of the storm.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

  • The Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management Districts have been contacted and are closely monitoring the storm. DEP is prepared to offer assistance upon request.
  • Florida Park Service has closed several parks for day use and/or camping.
  • The department has designated staging areas to manage debris clean up after the storm.

Florida Department of Health

  • The department has contacted all county health departments and is actively monitoring the storm.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) urges all motorists to use caution when driving during storm conditions.
  • Florida's FL511.com Traveler Information System is one of the most effective ways drivers can keep informed about the state's roadways during severe weather.
  • The Transportation Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated to ensure coordination and support of FDOT assets.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • FWC has increased capacity for water rescues by dispatching additional boats in preparation for flooding.

Office of Early Learning

The Office of Early Learning is monitoring closures which include:

  • Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast (Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Sumter counties) closed at 12 p.m.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County closed at 12:30 p.m.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County closed at 12:30 p.m.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County closed at 1 p.m.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties closed at 2 p.m.

Florida Department of Corrections

  • The Department will continue to closely monitor the trajectory of Tropical Storm Colin and will take appropriate actions to ensure the safety of inmates and security of the institutions.

Department of Elder Affairs

  • The Department continues to closely monitor the storm and is coordinating with its local Area Agencies on Aging to ensure that there are no unmet needs of clients.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Highway Patrol has a 250-person response team ready to deploy as needed to assist with road closures, directing traffic in the event of power outages and respond to any call for service as needed by local law enforcement agencies.
  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has designated specific mutual-aid communication channels on the State Law Enforcement Radio System, including a channel specifically designated for contraflow on the interstate if needed.
  • FHP reports they are closing all lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge / I-275 mile marker 8 in St. Petersburg due to high winds. The Howard Frankland Bridge remains open.

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

  • All state nursing homes and domiciliaries have implemented their emergency preparedness protocols.
  • All FDVA employees are prepared to respond to any additional needs of our veterans.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation

  • DBPR's Division of Regulation stands ready to respond to potential influxes of unlicensed contracting activity in impacted areas. This outreach will consist of licensure checks for contractors engaging in services requiring a license as well as outreach efforts to educate homeowners and business owners of the steps to take to avoid becoming victim to an unlicensed activity scam.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Colin Preparedness Efforts

Executive Order No 16-136

06/05/16 - Gov. Scott Reminds Floridians and Visitors to Remain Vigilant as State Emergency Operations Center Activates to Level Two

Governor Rick Scott today reminded Florida residents, visitors and businesses to remain vigilant and be prepared for possible severe weather, heavy rain, and flooding from a tropical depression developing in the Gulf of Mexico. At 11:00 A.M. EDT today, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee elevated its activation status to Level 2 as the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) prepares for possible impacts from the tropical depression.

Governor Scott said, “As we continue to closely monitor this tropical depression, Floridians should make sure they remain vigilant and have an emergency plan for their families and businesses in place today. The level two activation at the State Emergency Operations Center will help state and local emergency management officials work together to ensure our state is ready to respond to any impacts of this weather event. We will continue to closely monitor the tropical depression as it develops to keep Florida families and visitors informed and prepared.”

FDEM Director, Bryan W. Koon said, “As the tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico approaches the state, county emergency management officials are enacting their protective actions in accordance with their local plans.  We are activating to Level 2 and engaging the SERT to assist our local partners in fulfilling any protective action measures or life-safety needs they may have.”

Located in Tallahassee, the SEOC is the operational and logistical coordination headquarters for the SERT. The SEOC has three activation levels, with Level 1 being the highest:

  • Level 3: Normal daily active monitoring
  • Level 2: Activation of mission-specific emergency support and planning functions
  • Level 1: Full activation of all emergency support functions

Potential impacts include: 

  • Rainfall amounts through Wednesday could reach up to 5 inches across much of the Florida Peninsula, with isolated totals of eight to ten inches near and north of the I-4 corridor.  Potentially heavy rainfall throughout the state could result in urban flooding for both coastal and inland regions.
  • Coastal flooding may occur along much of the Gulf Coast from Franklin to Monroe Counties.
  • Severe thunderstorms are possible across North Florida today.  Additional severe weather is possible through Monday across portions of North and Central Florida.
  • Increased wave heights along the Gulf Coast Monday and Tuesday and along the Atlantic Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday will elevate the risk of rip currents and minor coastal erosion.  

If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips: 

  • Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials.
  • Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter. 

 If flooding is likely in your area, you should:  

  • Turn Around, Don't Drown. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route. Take your time when travelling.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canals and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with little or no warning.

Gov. Scott Reminds Floridians and Visitors to Remain Vigilant as State Emergency Operations Center Activates to Level Two

SERT Frequently Asked Questions

05/26/16 - Memorial Day Beachgoers Encouraged To Monitor Surf Conditions At Florida Beaches

~ Tropical weather system could increase rip current risk along Florida's east coast~ 

NOAA Radio Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials remind beachgoers to check the surf conditions at public beaches.  Understanding the beach warning flags will help to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the waters. When red flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous.

According to the National Weather Service, a tropical disturbance could become more organized in the Atlantic over the weekend which could increase the risk of rip currents along Florida’s east coast from Jacksonville to Miami. A moderate risk of rip currents now exists along all Atlantic and Panhandle beaches.

“Rip currents can be difficult to detect – even in blue skies and especially around piers and jetties,” said FDEM Director Bryan Koon. “Pay attention to the beach warning flags for current surf conditions, and be sure you know what to do if you experience a rip current.”

Memorial Day Beachgoers Encouraged
To Monitor Surf Conditions At Florida Beaches

04/20/16 - FDEM Selects Everbridge To Develop New Statewide Emergency Notification System, ALERTFLORIDA

~System to Provide Users with Location-Based, Event-Specific Life-Safety Messaging ~

The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced the selection of Everbridge as the service provider for the development and implementation of AlertFlorida, a landmark initiative which will provide statewide emergency alert and notification services to all Florida residents, businesses and visitors.

"Ensuring the safety of all Floridians is the Division's top priority," said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. "The selection of Everbridge as the AlertFlorida vendor marks a milestone toward providing the State's Emergency Managers with a standardized system to communicate critical emergency information to every resident, business and visitor in Florida."

AlertFlorida services are currently being implemented in several counties during an initial phase, with additional deployment phases continuing throughout 2016. The system also provides automated notifications of flash floods, tornadoes, and other watches & warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

FDEM Selects Everbridge To Develop New Statewide Emergency Notification System, ALERTFLORIDA

01/27/16 - Governor Rick Scott Deploys 15 Trucks From Sunshine State To Assist Washington D.C. With Blizzard Clean Up

~Trucks Display Message Encouraging D.C. Residents to
Visit Florida~

Governor Rick Scott dispatched a 15-truck convoy to Washington, D.C. from the Sunshine State to assist in recovery efforts from the more than 20 inches of snow that blanketed the city during last weekend's blizzard. All of the deployed dump trucks are wrapped with a friendly message for D.C.'s snow-covered residents and business owners to VISIT FLORIDA.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is glad to help Washington D.C. dig out from the snow I have seen on my visit here this week. Our state will provide 15 dump trucks with a message of ‘Sunshine’ (CLICK HERE) to encourage residents as they clean up and recover.”

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director Bryan W. Koon said, “Coordinating assistance for Washington, D.C. provides a great opportunity to test the flexibility of our resources and methods.  While snowstorms are something we wouldn’t typically expect here in Florida, we are always willing to lend a helping hand to our northern neighbors.”

Governor Rick Scott Deploys 15 Trucks From Sunshine State To Assist Washington D.C. With Blizzard Clean Up

 

 

 

Updated:
September 14, 2016 16:17


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