2014 News Archive
The articles below are archived from the main page of www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp.
04/17/14 - Floridians Urged To Be Alert For Severe Weather And Potential Flooding
~Elevated River Water Levels from Recent Rainfall Brings Increased Flood Risk ~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) urges Florida residents and visitors to use caution as a storm system moves across the state on Friday bringing significant rainfall and flood risks to North Florida.
Two to five inches of rain is forecast through Saturday morning from Tampa northward. A Flood Watch is in effect for the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend and northeast Florida. River Flood Warnings have been issued for 11 of Florida’s rivers. Gusty winds and hail are also possible.
“It is important for everyone to use caution and practice flood safety as additional rainfall impacts already saturated areas,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “Monitor local media and follow all instructions from local officials. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and do not drown.”
04/14/14 - Severe Weather To Impact Panhandle, Big Bend Through Tuesday
~Lightning Strikes, Strong Winds, Possible Tornadoes, and Isolated Flooding Anticipated~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors across north Florida to stay alert as a storm system enters the region tonight. This storm system may produce lightning strikes, high wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes. A flash flood watch is in effect across the Panhandle from Escambia to Leon counties until 12 PM Tuesday.
“A squall line of thunderstorms will move into the western Panhandle this evening, bringing with it a strong possibility of severe weather and rainfall totals that could exceed two inches in some areas,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “These storms will move into the Big Bend area during the morning hours, and although the storms are expected to be weaker, they still carry the risk of isolated severe weather.”
04/-7/14 - Severe Weather To Impact North Florida Through Tuesday
~Expect Periods of Heavy Rain, Strong Winds, and Tornado Watches ~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors across North Florida to stay alert as a storm system moves through the region today. This storm system could produce heavy rain, lightning strikes, high wind gusts, and also carries the possibility of isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch that is in effect until 4 PM EDT and a Flash Flood Watch until 8 PM EDT today.
"The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of North Florida in a slight risk area for severe storms," said Deputy State Meteorologist Tiffany Hersey. "This storm system could produce heavy rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches or higher within a 12-24 hour period, increasing the potential for flooding of urban roadways and low-lying areas, and strong storms today could also produce damaging winds."
04/02/14 - Bryan W. Koon To Testify Before United States House Transportation And Infrastructure Subcommittee
~Remarks Centered on Benefits of Disaster Mitigation~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon will testify tomorrow before members of the United States Congress during a hearing of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management subcommittee.
Director Koon, who also serves as vice-president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), will testify on behalf of the organization to present the emergency management community's perspective on how disaster mitigation reduces the impact of a disaster. Director Koon will also address some of the mitigation efforts that the state of Florida has enacted – particularly in the areas affected by changes to the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP).
"We can never completely eliminate the hazards posed by events such as hurricanes and flooding," said Koon. "Proper mitigation strategies prepare communities for these types of disasters and have proven to reduce the financial damage caused by them."
03/28/14 - Severe Weather To Impact North Florida Through Saturday
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge residents and visitors to be aware and use caution this weekend as severe weather moves across North Florida. Those in affected areas should take the necessary steps to prepare family and property for possible impacts. Initial rainfall totals are expected to be 2 to 4 inches with heavier amounts in isolated areas.
"The primary threat associated with this system will come from winds," says FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. "Flooding is possible, especially in poorly draining areas already saturated by recent heavy rainfall."
A moderate to high risk of rip currents is anticipated through Sunday along the Panhandle from Escambia through Franklin Counties, as well as along the Atlantic coast from Nassau through Miami-Dade Counties.
Floridians can check their local rip current outlook at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov
03/03/14 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management Announces 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week Video PSA Contest Winners
~Winning Submissions to be Aired During Statewide Media Campaign~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), in conjunction with their partners, announce the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week (SWAW) Video Public Service Announcement contest winners.
“The 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week PSA contest finalists showed creativity and innovation in their messages encouraging Floridians to prepare for all hazards,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners, and I encourage everyone to check their emergency plan and disaster supply kit to ensure readiness year-round.”
The winning high school and middle school entries will have their videos professionally reproduced and aired throughout the state as part of FDEM’s 2014 Media Campaign.
Video PSA Contest Winners
|High School Entries:|
|1st Place –||Hurricane PSA
Brooke Callendar, Chason Scruggs, Reese Frazier, Trevino Williams
Florida State University School,
|2nd Place –||Ocean Weather Safety
Cameron Tuech, Tate Hawver
Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Fla.
|3rd Place –||Get A Plan
Ivonne Rodriguez, Katia Weloff, Kristel Bustinza, Peter Barraclough
Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High, North Miami, Fla.
Middle School Entries:
|1st Place –||Safety Kits
Emma McPhilamy, Skyler Negron
Oak Grove Middle School, Clearwater, Fla.
|2nd Place –||Breaking News: There's a Hurricane
Christina Smith, Karrington Copeland, Kishon Sifford, Navon Mickens
Mattie V Rutherford Alternative Middle School, Jacksonville, Fla.
|3rd Place –||Flood Warning
Daniel Owen, Andrew Nguyen
DeLaura Middle School, Satellite Beach, Fla.
FDEM would like to thank the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week partners for their continued support: Florida Association of Broadcasters, Florida Power and Light, AT&T, Florida Gators IMG Sports Network, Florida State Seminoles IMG Sports Network, Servepro, American Red Cross, Florida Department of Education, National Weather Service, and Volunteer Florida.
01/29/14 - Governor Scott's "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget" Commits $243 Million To Protect Floridians From Disasters
~Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Emergency Management Accreditation Program Top Priorities~
Governor Scott announced today that the Florida Division of Emergency Management's (FDEM) budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 will include the continuance of the Division's recurring funding and a focus on both the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
“Florida is recognized as a leader in the field of emergency management,” said FDEM Director Bryan Koon. “Governor Scott’s funding allows the Division to maintain its commitment to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against natural and man-made disasters.”
02/18/14 - 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster Contest Winners Announced
~Online voting for Video PSA Contest through February 28~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced the winners of the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week poster contest today. Winners will be honored at a series of events during the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week, February 24-28.
“Severe Weather Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity to share the importance of preparedness with young Floridians,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “We had the privilege to select the poster contest winners from over 700 creative entries, and I’d like to thank every student, parent and educator who helped make that possible. With your support, we can ensure all Floridians are prepared for disasters.”
Winners for the elementary school poster contest were selected from each of the FDEM regions where posters were submitted. Poster contest winners will be honored during events at their schools from February 24-28, as a part of Florida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Poster Contest Winners:
Florida State University School, Tallahassee, FL
PVPV Rawlings Elementary School, Ponte Vedra, FL
Aleish Ramirez Ortiz
Ridgeview Global Studies Academy, Davenport, FL
Cypress Creek Elementary School, Port Orange, FL
Gulf Elementary School, Cape Coral, FL
Spanish Lakes Elementary School, Miami, FL
02/07/14 - 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week Video PSA Finalists Announced
~Online voting for Video PSA Contest through February 28~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announces the finalists for the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week Video PSA Contest. Three finalists were selected for middle school and high school divisions.
“Severe weather can occur at anytime in Florida. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for the Division to remind Floridians to be prepared,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “I want to thank every student who submitted entries to this year’s contest. I look forward to seeing the winners as selected by the public.”
FDEM is encouraging the public to play a role in this year’s 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week Video PSA contest. Through February 28, Floridians will be able to vote for their favorite video PSA. To vote, go to the Kids Get A Plan Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan. The six finalist videos are available under the “video” section. Floridians can vote for their favorite by “liking” the video on the page.
02/12/14 - Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Across The Florida Peninsula Today And Tonight
~ Gusty Winds, Isolated Tornadoes, Flooding and Rip Currents Among Potential Hazards~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors in the Florida Peninsula to stay alert as a storm system moves through the region today. This storm system will remain through Thursday morning, and could produce heavy rain, lightning strikes, high wind gusts, and carries the possibility of isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch that is in effect until 11 PM EST.
“The same storm system bringing winter weather conditions to Georgia and the Carolinas may bring severe weather to portions of Florida,” said Amy Godsey, FDEM State Meteorologist. “The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Central and South Florida in a slight risk area for severe storms,” said Godsey.
This storm system could produce heavy rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches or higher within a 12-24 hour period, increasing the potential for flooding of urban roadways and low-lying areas.
Residents and visitors to the state should monitor local media and their NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and should be prepared to act if weather watches and warnings are issued. Receiving one alert of an oncoming tornado or severe weather outbreak – especially overnight – can save lives.
02/03/14 - Small Business Administration Grants Disaster Assistance To Palm Beach County Area Residents
~ Palm Beach, Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee County Residents Eligible for SBA Loans~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced today that Florida residents and businesses affected by the storm system that destroyed personal property and businesses on Jan. 9 - 10 can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Acting Administrator Jeanne A. Hulit made the loans available in response to a letter from Governor Rick Scott on Jan. 28, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Palm Beach County and the adjacent counties of Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee.
“The SBA declaration and subsequent low-interest loans will be a tremendous benefit to the people affected as they move forward to repair and replace the damage caused by this storm,” said FDEM Director, Bryan W. Koon.
The Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) is located in the following community and is open as indicated:
Palm Beach County
Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library
14350 Hagen Ranch Road
Delray Beach, Florida 33446
Opens: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.
Hours: Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Closing: Thursday, Feb. 13, at close of business
SBA's customer service representatives are available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.
02/06/14 - Readiness Drill To Be Held At Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant
~ Mock Scenario Will Test Integrated Preparedness and Response Capabilities~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials announced today they will conduct a Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) drill at the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo, Fla. on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 8 am to 4:30 pm EST.
This is a scheduled practice drill – not an actual real-world event. No protective actions are required by the general public.
Preparations for the exercise will begin Thursday, February, 6, with activity continuing through the conclusion of the practice event on Friday, February 7.
12/03/13 - Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014 Contests Announced
~Florida's Severe Weather Awareness Week will be February 24-28, 2014~
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will host the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week, February 24 through February 28. The Division’s annual public education campaign provides an opportunity for teachers to discuss severe weather with students and families. The Severe Weather Awareness Week events include a poster contest for Florida’s elementary school students and a video public service announcement (PSA) contest for Florida’s middle and high school students.
“We are excited to once again host the Severe Weather Awareness Week contest, and look forward to the creative entries we receive,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “This week of events is an important tool to bring awareness about the severe weather and hazards Floridians may face and help to strengthen the culture of preparedness in our communities.”
01/29/14 - Floridians Urged To Exercise Caution As Winter Storm Warnings Are Issued Through Wednesday
~ Driving Conditions Could Become Hazardous on Overpasses, Bridges and Rural Roads ~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge residents and visitors in the Panhandle and Big Bend region of northern Florida to remain vigilant and use caution on area roadways as a storm system impacts the area through Wednesday, leading to the possibility of freezing rain, sleet or snow across portions of the area.
“A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet may impact much of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend Tuesday night into Wednesday morning,” said FDEM Director, Bryan Koon. “Travel on overpasses, bridges and rural roads may become hazardous and we encourage drivers to practice safe driving habits.”
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington Counties from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning means that there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Those travelling are encouraged to check their local forecasts and plan accordingly.
01/23/14 - Arctic Air Mass Brings Cold Temperatures To State
~ Floridians Urged to Practice Cold Weather and Fire Safety~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors throughout Florida to practice fire and cold weather safety as a strong arctic air mass brings freezing temperatures, and cold wind chills to the state through Saturday. Dry and breezy conditions also increase the wildfire risk through the weekend.
Overnight temperatures could fall to the lower 20s across portions of North Florida, with temperatures near the freezing mark extending as far south as Lake Okeechobee by Thursday morning. Wind chills could reach the teens across North Florida and in the 30s across much of Central and South Florida on Friday.“Without adequate shelter or heating, the duration of these cold temperatures will present a danger to pipes, pets, plants and persons,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “We encourage all Floridians to practice cold weather safety, and to protect themselves and their property from risks posed by portable heating sources, and open burning.”
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