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12/05/16 - North Florida Residents Advised To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Today And Tuesday

State and local emergency management officials are recommending residents and visitors in North Florida stay alert as a storm system moves into the area today through Tuesday evening. This storm system will have the potential to produce frequent lightning strikes, damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes. Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio in your home of office to receive warnings from the National Weather and follow all instructions from local officials.

"The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend and Suwannee Valley in an area for a slight risk of severe storms through Tuesday," said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. "Residents, visitors and businesses should monitor this weather system and be prepared to act if warnings are issued. Receiving one alert of an oncoming tornado or severe weather outbreak – especially overnight – can save lives. "

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8:00 p.m. CST tonight for Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington Counties. Additional tornado watches may be extended eastward throughout the night. Residents and visitors to the state should monitor local media outlets and ensure that their NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio alert settings are turned on.

North Florida Residents Advised To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Today And Tuesday

11/17/16 - SBA Business Recovery Centers; Will Close in Observance of Thanksgiving

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Business Recovery Centers in St. Johns and Volusia counties will be closed on in observance of Thanksgiving.

SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions, and help businesses in completing the SBA application.

The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs)

St. Johns County
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce
1 News Place, Suite C
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed : Thurs., Nov 24- Fri., Nov 25

Volusia County
Florida Department of Health - Volusia County
1845 Holsonback Dr.
Daytona Beach, FL 32117
Hours: Monday – Friday 9, a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed : Thurs., Nov 24


Businesses unable to visit a Center may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

SBA Business Recovery Centers; Will Close in Observance of Thanksgiving

11/16/16 - SBA's Deadline is Nov. 28 for Physical Damage Disaster Loan Applications for Hurricane Hermine Survivors in Florida

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters in Florida of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by Hurricane Hermine from Aug. 31 to Sept. 11, 2016. The deadline to submit applications for physical damage is Nov. 28, 2016.

Low-interest disaster loans are available in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hardee, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Manatee, Marion, Polk, Sumter, Taylor and Wakulla in Florida; Grady and Thomas counties in Georgia.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and applications may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 28, 2017.

SBA's Deadline is Nov. 28 for Physical Damage Disaster Loan Applications for Hurricane Hermine Survivors in Florida

11/16/16 - USDA Designates 4 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by Hurricane Matthew that occurred from Oct. 6, 2016, through Oct. 8, 2016.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Florida also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Alachua Clay Marion
Bradford Duval Orange
Brevard Lake Seminole

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Nov. 9, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

USDA Designates 4 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

11/03/16 - SBA Disaster Assistance Available in Additional Counties for Private NonProfit Organizations in Florida

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that additional counties have been added to the Presidential declaration for Public Assistance for damages resulting from Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 3-19, 2016.

PNPs located in the following Florida counties are eligible to apply: Bradford, Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Nassau, Palm Beach, Putnam, Saint Johns, Saint Lucie, Seminole, and Volusia. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Applications can also be downloaded from the SBA's website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 23, 2016.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 24, 2017.

SBA Disaster Assistance Available in Additional Counties for Private NonProfit Organizations in Florida

10/25/16 - Nassau and Seminole Declared for Individual Assistance

Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) was amended for Individual Assistance for Nassau and Seminole counties, as well as Public Assistance for several counties.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for assistance by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.  People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY my call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. 

Nassau And Seminole Counties Declared For Individual Assistance

10/19/16 - Brevard and Indian River Declared for Individual Assistance

Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) was amended for Individual Assistance for Brevard and Indian River counties, as well as for Public Assistance (Categories A and B) for Putnam county.

10/17/16 - Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Declared for Individual Assistance

Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) was amended for Individual Assistance for Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

10/26/16 - SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Private NonProfit Organizations in Florida Affected by Hurricane Matthew

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Florida that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans.  These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by Hurricane Matthew.

PNPs located in the following Florida counties are eligible to apply:  Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, Nassau, Palm Beach, Putnam, Saint Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.

PNP organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Private NonProfit Organizations in Florida Affected by Hurricane Matthew

10/25/16 - Nassau and Seminole Declared for Individual Assistance

Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) was amended for Individual Assistance for Nassau and Seminole counties, as well as Public Assistance for several counties.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for assistance by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.  People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY my call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. 

Nassau And Seminole Counties Declared For Individual Assistance

10/25/16 - SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Affected by Hurricane Matthew Expands to Additional Florida Counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia in Florida, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Lake, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, St. Lucie and Seminole.

SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Affected by Hurricane Matthew Expands to Additional Florida Counties

10/19/16 - Brevard and Indian River Declared for Individual Assistance

Today Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) was amended for Individual Assistance for Brevard and Indian River counties, as well as for Public Assistance (Categories A and B) for Putnam county.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for assistance by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.  People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY my call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. 
10/19/16 - Gov. Scott: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Now Available

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Floridians who have lost jobs as a result of severe storms and flooding during Hurricane Matthew may be entitled to federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance. On October 17, 2016, the federal government approved a limited part of Governor Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Flagler, St. Johns, Volusia and Putnam counties, allowing the use of Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds for individuals affected by the storm. Gov. Scott is continuing to urge President Obama to approve the remaining counties that were impacted by the storm.

Governor Scott said, “I have spoken firsthand with many families and business owners who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. We are committed to helping these communities fully recover from this devastating storm, and helping Floridians get back to work is one of the most important ways to do so. Disaster Unemployment Assistance will provide necessary resources for individuals and families in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, but there are many areas along our east coast that still need the federal government’s support. I continue to urge President Obama to make these designations today so all of the communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew can begin the recovery process.”

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, assists individuals who become unemployed as a direct result of a federally declared disaster and who do not qualify for regular reemployment assistance benefits. 

Applicants must file a request for disaster benefits by November 18, 2016. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents and must have been working in or residing in Flagler, St. John, Volusia and Putnam counties.

The individual must: (1) have become unemployed as a direct result of the disaster or (2) be unable to reach the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster or (3) have been scheduled to begin work and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job as a direct result of the disaster or (4) have become the major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the disaster or (5) be unable to work because of an injury caused directly by the disaster.

To file a Disaster Unemployment claim, go to https://connect.myflorida.com or call 1-800-681-8102.

Gov. Scott: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Now Available

10/17/16 - Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Declared for Individual Assistance

Today Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) was amended for Individual Assistance for Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for assistance by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.  People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY my call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available.
10/10/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

Hurricane Matthew Responds Information

POWER  

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages for more than 1,000 customers:
  • Brevard County – 5,460 customers, 2% outage
  • Duval County – 91,980 customers, 20% outage
  • Flagler County – 16,256 customers, 27% outage
  • Indian River County – 1,670 customers, 2% outage
  • Putnam County – 1,581 customers, 4% outage
  • Seminole County – 2,072 customers, 1% outage
  • Johns County – 3,280 customers, 3% outage
  • Lucie County – 1,190 customers, 1% outage
  • Volusia County – 44,268 customers, 15% outage
  • Total without power: 169,252 customers, 2% outage

WIFI HOT SPOTS

  • To alleviate some of the burden from storm-related damages and help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Comcast is opening up thousands of XFINITY WiFi hotspots in areas impacted by the storm in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
  • Hotspots are currently open in the following Florida Counties:
  • Duval County
  • Indian River County
  • Martin County
  • Nassau County
  • Lucie County
  • John’s County
  • These WiFi hotspots are open to anyone who needs them – including non-Comcast subscribers. For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, users should visit xfinity.com/wifi.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • Individual county initial damage assessments are ongoing.
  • The federal government approved portions of Governor Rick Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The approved declaration covers debris removal and emergency protective measures in eight counties including Duval, Flagler, Brevard, Nassau, Volusia, Indian River, St. Johns and St. Lucie. At this time, funding has not been approved for individual assistance or for permanent work to government buildings, roads and parks.
    • To see the approval letter, click HERE.

SHELTERS

  • There are currently seven shelters open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 120 individuals. This includes four special needs shelters who are serving 36 clients at this time. This number will be updated throughout the day.
  • As evacuation orders are lifted and people return to their homes, the number of available shelters is updating regularly. To find out which shelters remain open in your county, please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/

EVACUATIONS

  • All evacuation orders have been lifted.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida.
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days.
  • All ports have reopened. All ports are resuming normal fuel delivery schedules.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • The Florida National Guard has completed most of its assigned missions and deactivated the majority of its responding units. Most soldiers are returning to home base and being relieved from active duty status.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to assist with recovery efforts.
  • FHP has over 250 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Jacksonville will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • Currently, the following counties have confirmed that schools will be closed on Tuesday, October 11th. This information will be updated throughout the day as school districts make determinations regarding class resumption.
    • Flagler
    • Volusia

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelters.
  • The state is deploying State Medical Response Teams (SMRT) to hospitals in Volusia and Brevard Counties.
    • Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are responding with SMRT.
  • The following hospitals are closed/evacuated patients:
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Riverpoint Behavior Health Hospital, Jacksonville
  • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas. Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Tolls have been reinstated on all toll roads in Florida.

AIRPORTS

  • All airports are open. Please contact the airport directly for hours of operation and flight schedules.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • All interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT has completed damage assessments of roadways and inspections of bridges in Southeast Florida. There was very little road damage and evacuees began to return to the area on Friday afternoon.
  • FDOT crews and contractors are assessing State Roads in Central Florida, Northeast Florida, and along the east coast. FDOT is also cutting and clearing trees and removing road obstructions.
  • Contractors are inspecting construction sites and will resume construction when safe and per schedules.
  • SunRail has returned to normal operations.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • The Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries
      • There are currently four operational field kitchens in Palm Coast, Fleming Island, St. Augustine and North Jacksonville.
    • The Salvation Army (TSA)
      • TSA is providing services in seven counties and has served more than 21,300 meals to affected individuals.
      • Operating 31 mobile canteens to serve impacted families and continue to serve the following areas:
        • Brevard (5)
        • Volusia (11)
        • Indian River (2)
        • St. Johns (4)
        • Clay (3)
        • Duval (6)
    • The American Red Cross (ARC)
      • To date, ARC has provided more than 27,000 meals to affected individuals.
      • ARC has 24 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) working in the impacted area to provide food and bulk distribution.
    • The state is working to identify short term and long term mass care needs.
  • To help customers displaced and impacted by hurricane Matthew, AT&T and Verizon are waiving data overage charges for customers in affected areas.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams have been mobilized to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.
  • To report price gouging call the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866- 9NO-SCAM or visit the Price Gouging Open Form.

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew  to register. So far, more than 1,800 volunteers have registered.
  • Volunteer Florida has had nearly 400 individuals apply to its Crisis Cleanup registration line.
  • Governor Scott has activated the Florida Disaster Fund. The Florida Disaster Fund helps to provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters, provide immediate recovery needs, and begin to identify clean up needs.

Blood Donations

  • OneBlook has resumed normal operations and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply. All locations have returned to normal business hours.
  • For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • All regions have called staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders to ensure health and safety of customers. To date there are no reported issues.
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Central Region: Pediatric Pavilion (Orlando)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)
    • Residents are expected to return when power is restored

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • The Department of Elder Affairs continues to coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services are meeting the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • The Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Volusia County continues to run on generator power. The generators have enough diesel fuel to power the entire home for multiple days without refueling, and all residents and staff are secure.

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • Governor Rick Scott today activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 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 November 11, 2016.
    • Businesses with two to 100 employees who seek to complete an application by the Nov. 11 deadline, or desire more information on the program, should visit floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network state office at 850-898-3489.
    • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties through the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC). The FLVBEOC is available at flvbeoc.org
  • There is Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses. For availability, click HERE.
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The majority of major retailers in impacted areas are open.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • If you suspect fraud or suspicious activity or 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA will keep the Emergency Accommodations Module activated to provide available hotel accommodations to visitors. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb expanded activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Division of Telecommunications continues to work to resolve communication infrastructure needs and expedite restoration of services throughout the state to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with the telecommunications industry and assisting with access to communications facilities in impacted areas.
  • The Division of State Purchasing has leased facilities for logistical staging areas in Central Florida to assist emergency response needs throughout the state.

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Initial post storm inspections have been completed. No issues or concerns were identified with the Herbert Hoover Dike. Weekly inspections of the dike will occur in accordance with the HHD Emergency Action Plan. The lake elevation has reduced from yesterday and is currently 16.04 feet. Daily inspections of the southern portion of the lake will begin if the lake elevation exceeds 17 feet.
  • Discharges to the east and the west of the lake are ongoing to mitigate flood risks.
  • USACE is participating in water debris removal discussions with the state.
  • USACE Jacksonville District is conducting surveys of the damage to federally funded USACE projects and is prepared to assist with additional missions in support of affected areas if requested.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP beach erosion assessment teams have completed beach inspections across the east coast.
  • State park assessment teams have been deployed to remove debris and reopen state parks. Seven state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties.
  • DEP is mobilizing responders to Jacksonville and Orlando areas for Hazardous Waste Assessment teams with EPA.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

 

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

10/10/16 - Governor Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund Following Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Recovers InformationToday, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The Florida Disaster Fund helps to provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org. The fund is administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation.

Governor Scott said, “Many families and businesses were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, and we are fully committed to ensuring every resource is available to help them. Activating the Florida Disaster Fund will give individuals across the country the opportunity to help those in need as we begin the recovery process following this storm. I continue to encourage all Floridians to look out for each other and work together to help our beautiful communities rebuild.”

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.

Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website www.floridadisasterfund.org or by check to the below address.  Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL  32311

For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact info@volunteerflorida.org or call (850) 414-7400.

Governor Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund Following Hurricane Matthew

10/10/16 - Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Recovers Information Today, Governor Rick Scott activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 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 November 11, 2016.

Governor Scott said, "While Floridians across the state did all they could to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, this was massive and devastating storm that caused heavy damage throughout our state. I have toured areas throughout Brevard, Volusia, Duval, and Flagler Counties and have seen the shattering effects this disaster had on families and small businesses. Restoring Florida's small businesses is crucial to helping our communities recover from Hurricane Matthew and the Bridge Loan Program will help provide much needed assistance. We will continue to use every available resource to help restore our resilient communities."

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 Matthew" from the drop-down menu.

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, interest-free 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. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.

DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, "Across the state, our priority is to help every Floridian and community that has been affected by Hurricane Matthew. As the backbone of Florida's economy, we know that assisting small businesses with their recovery is an important step in restoring our communities. DEO is committed to using all of our available resources to assist small businesses in the wake of this major storm."

Owners of small businesses with two to 100 employees located in 67 counties affected by Hurricane Matthew can apply for short-term loans for up 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 October 3, 2016, and demonstrate economic or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

To complete an application by the Nov. 11 deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network state office at 850-898-3489.

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

10/09/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

Hurricane Matthew Responds InformationPOWER  

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages for more than 1,000 customers:

o   Brevard County – 29,720 customers, 10% outage
o   Clay County – 9,894 customers, 13% outage
o   Duval County – 122,778 customers, 27% outage
o   Flagler County – 36,507 customers, 62% outage
o   Indian River County – 7,050 customers, 8% outage
o   Lake County – 1,661 customers, 1% outage
o   Marion County – 1,336 customers, 1% outage
o   Martin County – 4,570 customers, 5% outage
o   Nassau County – 2,600 customers, 9% outage
o   Orange County – 3,464 customers, 1% outage
o   Putnam County – 8,522 customers, 21% outage
o   Seminole County – 7,129 customers, 3% outage
o   St. Johns County – 14,380 customers, 14% outage
o   St. Lucie County – 10,620 customers, 7% outage
o   Volusia County – 112,396 customers, 39% outage

    • Total without power: 373,697 customers, 4% outage

WIFI HOT SPOTS
·       To alleviate some of the burden from storm-related damages and help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Comcast is opening up thousands of XFINITY WiFi hotspots in areas impacted by the storm in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
·       Hotspots are currently open in the following Florida Counties:
o   Duval County
o   Indian River County
o   Martin County
o   Nassau County
o   St. Lucie County
o   St. John's County
·       These WiFi hotspots are open to anyone who needs them – including non-Comcast subscribers. For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, users should visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • Individual counties initial damage assessments are ongoing.

·       The federal government approved portions of Governor Rick Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The approved declaration covers debris removal and emergency protective measures in eight counties including Duval, Flagler, Brevard, Nassau, Volusia, Indian River, St. Johns and St. Lucie. At this time, funding has not been approved for individual assistance or for permanent work to government buildings, roads and parks.
o   To see the approval letter, click HERE.

  • The state supports this initial impact assessment process through the State Emergency Response Team by providing personnel and resources towards “First 72 Hour” priorities of law enforcement security, search and rescue, and incident stabilization of Florida’s impacted communities.

SHELTERS

  • There are currently 28 shelters open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 340 individuals. This includes 10 special needs shelters who are serving 179 clients at this time. This number will be updated throughout the day.
  • As evacuation orders are lifted and people return to their homes, the number of available shelters is updating regularly. To find out which shelters remain open in your county, please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/

EVACUATIONS

  • While evacuation zones are being lifted, local law enforcement decides when it is safe for Floridians to return to their communities. Please contact your county’s emergency operations center citizen information line to find out if your area has been declared safe to re-enter. To find your county, click HERE.
  • The following counties have mandatory evacuation orders still in place:
    • Indian River County
    • Volusia County
  • Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • All ports have reopened. With the exception of the Port of Jacksonville, all ports are resuming normal fuel delivery schedules.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • The Florida National Guard has troops conducting support operations in St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, Volusia, Flagler and Brevard Counties.
  • The Florida National Guard also has 69 members supporting shelters in four counties.
  • Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated. 
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to assist with search and rescue efforts.
  • FWC has demobilized their ground units and are on standby.
  • FWC currently has five pilots flying missions in the impacted area for public safety patrol.
  • FHP has over 250 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP also has more than 320 personnel on standby. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Jacksonville will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • Currently, the following counties have confirmed that schools will be closed on Monday, October 10th:
    • Brevard
    • Clay
    • Duval
    • Flagler
    • St. Johns
    • Volusia
    • DeSoto (closed for teacher planning day unrelated to Hurricane Matthew)

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelters.
  • The state is deploying State Medical Response Teams (SMRT) to hospitals in Volusia and Brevard Counties.
    • Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are responding with SMRT.
  • The following hospitals are closed/evacuated patients:
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
    • Riverpoint Behavior Health Hospital, Jacksonville
  • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities over the weekend for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas. Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. All toll suspensions remain in effect and will remain suspended until at least Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. County DOT officials will review this on a case by case basis.

AIRPORTS

  • The following airport is closed:

o   Northeast Florida Regional Airport: CLOSED
·       As airports open, please contact the airport directly for hours of operation and flight schedules.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • All interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT has completed damage assessments of roadways and inspections of bridges in Southeast Florida. There was very little road damage and evacuees began to return to the area on Friday afternoon.
  • FDOT crews and contractors are assessing State Roads in Central Florida, Northeast Florida, and along the east coast. FDOT is also cutting and clearing trees and removing road obstructions.
  • Contractors are inspecting construction sites and will resume construction when safe and per schedules.
  • SunRail is anticipating a return to normal operations on Monday. TriRail is anticipating a return to normal operations on today, Sunday, October 9th.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found HERE.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • The Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries
      • There are currently two operational field kitchens in Palm Coast and Fleming Island. The Florida Baptist will begin feeding at two additional sites on October 10, 2016 in St. Augustine and North Jacksonville.
    • The Salvation Army (TSA)
      • TSA is providing services in seven counties and has served more than 13,700 meals to affected individuals.
      • Operating 31 mobile canteens to serve impacted families and continue to serve the following areas:
        • Brevard (5)
        • Volusia (11)
        • Indian River (2)
        • St. Johns (4)
        • Clay (3)
        • Duval (6)
    • The American Red Cross (ARC)
      • To date, ARC has provided nearly 25,000 meals to affected individuals.
      • ARC has 49 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) working in the impacted area to provide food and bulk distribution.
    • The state is working to identify short term and long term mass care needs.
  • Anheuser-Busch is donating nine truckloads, more than 450,000 cans, of emergency drinking water in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Several truckloads are headed to Florida communities including Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
  • Coca-Cola is donating 10 truckloads, more than 360,000 bottles of Dasani water to the Jacksonville area.
  • Youfit Health Clubs will be opening their doors to the public today to help those who lost power from the storm. Visit their Facebook page for a list of all open locations.
  • To help customers displaced and impacted by hurricane Matthew, AT&T and Verizon are waiving data overage charges for customers in affected areas. 
  • Food Safety Assessment teams have been mobilized to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.
  • To report price gouging call the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866- 9NO-SCAM or use the Price Gouging Complaint Form.

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew  to register. So far, more than1,800 volunteers have registered.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters, provide immediate recovery needs, and begin to identify clean up needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams for deployment to impacted areas and is coordinating operations at shelters for evacuees.

Blood Donations

  • OneBlood has resumed normal operations and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply. All locations have returned to normal business hours with the exception of Jacksonville.
  • For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • All regions have called staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders to ensure health and safety of customers. To date there are no reported issues. 
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Southeast Region: MacTown Redding Group Home (Boyton Beach)
    • Central Region: PediatricPavilion (Orlando)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)
    • Residents are expected to return when power is restored

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • The Department of Elder Affairs continues to coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services are meeting the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

 Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: The Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Volusia County continues to run on generator power. The generators have enough diesel fuel to power the entire home for multiple days without refueling, and all residents and staff are secure.
  • Inspection of grounds by senior staff revealed only cosmetic damage. Both homes fully are functional.

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION
·       The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties through the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC). The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org

  • There is Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses. For availability, click HERE.
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is currently identifying the open status and timeline of businesses in affected areas and preparing a status report for local communities to access.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • If you suspect fraud or suspicious activity or 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA will keep the Emergency Accommodations Module activated to provide available hotel accommodations to visitors. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb expanded activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Division of Telecommunications continues to work to resolve communication infrastructure needs and expedite restoration of services throughout the state to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with the telecommunications industry and assisting with access to communications facilities in impacted areas.
  • The Division of State Purchasing has leased facilities for logistical staging areas in Central Florida to assist emergency response needs throughout the state.

SEAPORTS

  • All seaports are now open.

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Initial post storm inspections have been completed. No issues or concerns were identified with the Herbert Hoover Dike. Weekly inspections of the dike will occur in accordance with the HHD Emergency Action Plan. The lake elevation has reduced from yesterday and is currently 16.09 feet. Daily inspections of the southern portion of the lake will begin if the lake elevation exceeds 17 feet.
  • Discharges to the east and the west of the lake are ongoing to mitigate flood risks.
  • USACE Jacksonville District is conducting surveys of the damage to federally funded USACE projects and is prepared to assist with additional missions in support of affected areas if requested.

ST JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • Will open during normal business hours on Monday.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP has deployed beach erosion assessment teams across the east coast.
  • State park assessment teams have been deployed to remove debris and reopen state parks. 14 state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties.
  • DEP is mobilizing responders to Jacksonville and Orlando areas for Hazardous Waste Assessment teams with EPA.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

10/09/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationPOWER  

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages for more than 1,000 customers:

o   Brevard County – 29,720 customers, 10% outage
o   Clay County – 9,894 customers, 13% outage
o   Duval County – 122,778 customers, 27% outage
o   Flagler County – 36,507 customers, 62% outage
o   Indian River County – 7,050 customers, 8% outage
o   Lake County – 1,661 customers, 1% outage
o   Marion County – 1,336 customers, 1% outage
o   Martin County – 4,570 customers, 5% outage
o   Nassau County – 2,600 customers, 9% outage
o   Orange County – 3,464 customers, 1% outage
o   Putnam County – 8,522 customers, 21% outage
o   Seminole County – 7,129 customers, 3% outage
o   St. Johns County – 14,380 customers, 14% outage
o   St. Lucie County – 10,620 customers, 7% outage
o   Volusia County – 112,396 customers, 39% outage

    • Total without power: 373,697 customers, 4% outage

WIFI HOT SPOTS
·       To alleviate some of the burden from storm-related damages and help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Comcast is opening up thousands of XFINITY WiFi hotspots in areas impacted by the storm in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
·       Hotspots are currently open in the following Florida Counties:
o   Duval County
o   Indian River County
o   Martin County
o   Nassau County
o   St. Lucie County
o   St. John's County
·       These WiFi hotspots are open to anyone who needs them – including non-Comcast subscribers. For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, users should visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • Individual counties initial damage assessments are ongoing.

·       The federal government approved portions of Governor Rick Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The approved declaration covers debris removal and emergency protective measures in eight counties including Duval, Flagler, Brevard, Nassau, Volusia, Indian River, St. Johns and St. Lucie. At this time, funding has not been approved for individual assistance or for permanent work to government buildings, roads and parks.
o   To see the approval letter, click HERE.

  • The state supports this initial impact assessment process through the State Emergency Response Team by providing personnel and resources towards “First 72 Hour” priorities of law enforcement security, search and rescue, and incident stabilization of Florida’s impacted communities.

SHELTERS

  • There are currently 28 shelters open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 340 individuals. This includes 10 special needs shelters who are serving 179 clients at this time. This number will be updated throughout the day.
  • As evacuation orders are lifted and people return to their homes, the number of available shelters is updating regularly. To find out which shelters remain open in your county, please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/

EVACUATIONS

  • While evacuation zones are being lifted, local law enforcement decides when it is safe for Floridians to return to their communities. Please contact your county’s emergency operations center citizen information line to find out if your area has been declared safe to re-enter. To find your county, click HERE.
  • The following counties have mandatory evacuation orders still in place:
    • Indian River County
    • Volusia County
  • Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • All ports have reopened. With the exception of the Port of Jacksonville, all ports are resuming normal fuel delivery schedules.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • The Florida National Guard has troops conducting support operations in St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, Volusia, Flagler and Brevard Counties.
  • The Florida National Guard also has 69 members supporting shelters in four counties.
  • Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated. 
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to assist with search and rescue efforts.
  • FWC has demobilized their ground units and are on standby.
  • FWC currently has five pilots flying missions in the impacted area for public safety patrol.
  • FHP has over 250 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP also has more than 320 personnel on standby. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Jacksonville will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • Currently, the following counties have confirmed that schools will be closed on Monday, October 10th:
    • Brevard
    • Clay
    • Duval
    • Flagler
    • St. Johns
    • Volusia
    • DeSoto (closed for teacher planning day unrelated to Hurricane Matthew)

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelters.
  • The state is deploying State Medical Response Teams (SMRT) to hospitals in Volusia and Brevard Counties.
    • Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are responding with SMRT.
  • The following hospitals are closed/evacuated patients:
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
    • Riverpoint Behavior Health Hospital, Jacksonville
  • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities over the weekend for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas. Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. All toll suspensions remain in effect and will remain suspended until at least Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. County DOT officials will review this on a case by case basis.

AIRPORTS

  • The following airport is closed:

o   Northeast Florida Regional Airport: CLOSED
·       As airports open, please contact the airport directly for hours of operation and flight schedules.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • All interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT has completed damage assessments of roadways and inspections of bridges in Southeast Florida. There was very little road damage and evacuees began to return to the area on Friday afternoon.
  • FDOT crews and contractors are assessing State Roads in Central Florida, Northeast Florida, and along the east coast. FDOT is also cutting and clearing trees and removing road obstructions.
  • Contractors are inspecting construction sites and will resume construction when safe and per schedules.
  • SunRail is anticipating a return to normal operations on Monday. TriRail is anticipating a return to normal operations on today, Sunday, October 9th.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found HERE.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • The Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries
      • There are currently two operational field kitchens in Palm Coast and Fleming Island. The Florida Baptist will begin feeding at two additional sites on October 10, 2016 in St. Augustine and North Jacksonville.
    • The Salvation Army (TSA)
      • TSA is providing services in seven counties and has served more than 13,700 meals to affected individuals.
      • Operating 31 mobile canteens to serve impacted families and continue to serve the following areas:
        • Brevard (5)
        • Volusia (11)
        • Indian River (2)
        • St. Johns (4)
        • Clay (3)
        • Duval (6)
    • The American Red Cross (ARC)
      • To date, ARC has provided nearly 25,000 meals to affected individuals.
      • ARC has 49 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) working in the impacted area to provide food and bulk distribution.
    • The state is working to identify short term and long term mass care needs.
  • Anheuser-Busch is donating nine truckloads, more than 450,000 cans, of emergency drinking water in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Several truckloads are headed to Florida communities including Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
  • Coca-Cola is donating 10 truckloads, more than 360,000 bottles of Dasani water to the Jacksonville area.
  • Youfit Health Clubs will be opening their doors to the public today to help those who lost power from the storm. Visit their Facebook page for a list of all open locations.
  • To help customers displaced and impacted by hurricane Matthew, AT&T and Verizon are waiving data overage charges for customers in affected areas. 
  • Food Safety Assessment teams have been mobilized to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.
  • To report price gouging call the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866- 9NO-SCAM or visit http://www.myfloridalegal.com/Contact.nsf/PriceGouging!OpenForm

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew  to register. So far, more than1,800 volunteers have registered.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters, provide immediate recovery needs, and begin to identify clean up needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams for deployment to impacted areas and is coordinating operations at shelters for evacuees.

Blood Donations

  • OneBlood has resumed normal operations and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply. All locations have returned to normal business hours with the exception of Jacksonville.
  • For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • All regions have called staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders to ensure health and safety of customers. To date there are no reported issues. 
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Southeast Region: MacTown Redding Group Home (Boyton Beach)
    • Central Region: PediatricPavilion (Orlando)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)
    • Residents are expected to return when power is restored

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • The Department of Elder Affairs continues to coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services are meeting the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

 Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: The Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Volusia County continues to run on generator power. The generators have enough diesel fuel to power the entire home for multiple days without refueling, and all residents and staff are secure.
  • Inspection of grounds by senior staff revealed only cosmetic damage. Both homes fully are functional.

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION
·       The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties through the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC). The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org

  • There is Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses. For availability, click HERE.
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is currently identifying the open status and timeline of businesses in affected areas and preparing a status report for local communities to access.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • If you suspect fraud or suspicious activity or 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA will keep the Emergency Accommodations Module activated to provide available hotel accommodations to visitors. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb expanded activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Division of Telecommunications continues to work to resolve communication infrastructure needs and expedite restoration of services throughout the state to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with the telecommunications industry and assisting with access to communications facilities in impacted areas.
  • The Division of State Purchasing has leased facilities for logistical staging areas in Central Florida to assist emergency response needs throughout the state.

SEAPORTS

  • All seaports are now open.

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Initial post storm inspections have been completed. No issues or concerns were identified with the Herbert Hoover Dike. Weekly inspections of the dike will occur in accordance with the HHD Emergency Action Plan. The lake elevation has reduced from yesterday and is currently 16.09 feet. Daily inspections of the southern portion of the lake will begin if the lake elevation exceeds 17 feet.
  • Discharges to the east and the west of the lake are ongoing to mitigate flood risks.
  • USACE Jacksonville District is conducting surveys of the damage to federally funded USACE projects and is prepared to assist with additional missions in support of affected areas if requested.

ST JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • Will open during normal business hours on Monday.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP has deployed beach erosion assessment teams across the east coast.
  • State park assessment teams have been deployed to remove debris and reopen state parks. 14 state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties.
  • DEP is mobilizing responders to Jacksonville and Orlando areas for Hazardous Waste Assessment teams with EPA.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

10/08/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

Hurricane Matthew responds InformationSHELTERS

  • As of this afternoon, more than 70 shelters were open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 5,900 individuals. This number will be updated at midnight.
  • As evacuation orders are lifted and people return to their homes, the number of available shelters is updating regularly. To find out which shelters remain open in your county, please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/
  • Shelters are open in the following counties:
  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Brevard
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • Duval
  • Flagler
  • Hillsborough
  • Lake
  • Leon
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Orange
  • Osceola
  • Putnam
  • Seminole
  • St. Johns
  • Sumter
  • Taylor
  • Volusia
  • The state continues to work with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity following the storm.

POWER  

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages:
  • Alachua County – 2,550 customers, 2% outage
  • Baker County – 2,244 customers, 20% outage
  • Bradford County – 2,038 customers, 21% outage
  • Brevard County – 113,151 customers, 37% outage
  • Clay County – 29,971 customers, 21% outage
  • Columbia County – 1,790 customers, 6% outage
  • Duval County – 241,298 customers, 59% outage
  • Flagler County – 48,726 customers, 82%% outage
  • Indian River County – 30,134 customers, 34% outage
  • Lake County – 7,556 customers, 4% outage
  • Marion County – 13,064 customers, 7% outage
  • Martin County – 14,170 customers, 15% outage
  • Nassau County – 11,956 customers, 43% outage
  • Okeechobee County – 860 customers, 4% outage
  • Orange County – 20,542 customers, 4% outage
  • Palm Beach County – 5,470 customers, 1% outage
  • Putnam County – 19,371 customers, 47% outage
  • Seminole County – 38,549 customers, 19% outage
  • St. Johns County – 49,220 customers, 56% outage
  • St. Lucie County – 32,266 customers, 22% outage
  • Sumter County – 367 customers, 1% outage
  • Union County – 215 customers, 4%
  • Volusia County – 191,923 customers, 68% outage
    • Total without power: 878,907 customers, 9% outage

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • Ports are beginning to reopen, and will resume normal fuel delivery schedules as ports reopen.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • Individual counties are beginning their initial damage assessment process.
  • The state supports this initial impact assessment process through the State Emergency Response Team by providing personnel and resources towards “First 72 Hour” priorities of law enforcement security, search and rescue, and incident stabilization of Florida’s impacted communities.

EVACUATIONS

  • While evacuation zones are being lifted, local law enforcement decides when it is safe for Floridians to return to their communities. Please contact your county’s emergency operations center citizen information line to find out if your area has been declared safe to re-enter. To find your county, click HERE.
  • More than 500,000 Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.
    • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
    • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Nassau County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders.
    • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • Ongoing district, university and college school closures will be updated this weekend.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • Ongoing county and state offices closures will be updated this weekend.
     

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • The Florida National Guard has troops conducting support operations in St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, Volusia, Flagler and Brevard Counties.
  • The Florida National Guard also has more than 400 members supporting approximately 50 shelters.
  • Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated. 
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
  • The Florida National Guard has started conducting assessments in South Florida. Once they complete any recovery missions, they will join troops positioned in Central and North Florida to help with any search and rescue efforts.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to assist with search and rescue efforts.
  • FWC has more than 160 personnel for public safety patrol and search and rescue across the affected areas with more than 90 water vessels and nine aircrafts.
  • Two FWC advanced reconnaissance teams have been deployed to Northeast Florida for search and rescue operations. These teams have partnered with fire and rescue and the Florida National Guard for a total of nearly 150 active personnel in Northeast Florida.
  • FHP has over 70 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP also has more than 100 personnel on standby. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.
  • An Urban Search and Rescue team is on standby for deployment to Northeast Florida to assist with rescue operations.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelters.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • The following hospitals have evacuated patients:
    • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health, Stuart
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
    • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
    • Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian (partial)
    • Florida Hospital Flagler, Bunnell
    • Riverpoint Behavior Health Hospital, Jacksonville
  • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov 
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities over the weekend for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas. Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. All toll suspensions remain in effect and will remain suspended until at least Sunday night. County DOT officials will review this on a case by case basis.

AIRPORTS

  • The following airport is closed:
  • Northeast Florida Regional Airport: CLOSED
  • As airports open, please contact the airport directly for hours of operation and flight schedules.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • All interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT has completed damage assessments of roadways and inspections of bridges in Southeast Florida. There was very little road damage and evacuees began to return to the area on Friday afternoon.
  • The Shands Bridge in St. Johns County is expected to open today. More information on road and bridge closures can be found at http://www.fl511.com.
  • FDOT crews and contractors are assessing State Roads in Central Florida, Northeast Florida, and along the east coast. FDOT is also cutting and clearing trees and removing road obstructions.
  • Contractors are inspecting construction sites and will resume construction when safe and per schedules.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • 150 truckloads of water are being prepositioned around the state and 63 truckloads of water are holding in the in State Logistics Response Center (SLRC). In total, this includes more than 302,000 gallons of water. 
    • There will be 100 truckloads of bottled water delivered every day through October 10th (Expected total of 1,000 truckloads).
    • The SLRC also currently has a trailer of meals, which includes more than 128,000 meal kits. In addition, more than 994,000 kits are expected to be delivered throughout the weekend.
    • The state is working to identify short term and long term mass care needs.
  • Anheuser-Busch is donating nine truckloads, more than 450,000 cans, of emergency drinking water in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Several truckloads are headed to Florida communities including Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
  • Coca-Cola is donating 10 truckloads, more than 360,000 bottles of Dasani water to the Jacksonville area.
  • Youfit Health Clubs will be opening their doors to the public today through Sunday to help those who lost power from the storm. Visit their Facebook page for a list of all open locations.
  • To help customers displaced and impacted by hurricane Matthew, AT&T and Verizon are waiving data overage charges for customers in affected areas. 
  • Food Safety Assessment teams have been mobilized to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.
  • To report price gouging call the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866- 9NO-SCAM or visit http://www.myfloridalegal.com/Contact.nsf/PriceGouging!OpenForm

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew  to register. So far, more than 1,400 volunteers have registered within 24 hours.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters, provide immediate recovery needs, and begin to identify clean up needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams for deployment to impacted areas and is coordinating operations at shelters for evacuees.

Blood Donations

  • OneBlook has resumed normal operations and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply. All locations have returned to normal business hours with the exception of Jacksonville.
  • For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about response measures.
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Southeast Region: Poseidon Group Home (Lake Worth), MacTown 1st Avenue Group Home (Boyton Beach)
    • Central Region: Pediatric Pavilion (Orlando)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)
    • Residents are expected to return today.

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • The Department of Elder Affairs continues to coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services are meeting the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home in St. Augustine and the Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Volusia County lost utility power yesterday evening and are both running on generator power. The generators have enough diesel fuel to power the entire homes for multiple days without refueling, and all residents and staff are secure.
  • Senior staff are assessing facility grounds to ensure there are no other issues.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. They reported no issues and all emergency rooms and inpatient services continue to operate as usual. The following VA clinics will be closed during the weekend and Monday due to the Federal holiday:
    • Viera Outpatient Clinic
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic - Today
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC)

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

    • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties through the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC). The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org
  • There is Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses. For availability, click HERE.
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is currently identifying the open status and timeline of businesses in affected areas and preparing a status report for local communities to access.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • If you suspect fraud or suspicious activity or 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed and is working with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb expanded activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Division of Telecommunications continues to work to resolve communication infrastructure needs and services throughout the state to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure once weather conditions allow.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with telecommunications industry.
  • The division worked with telecommunications partners to pre-staged resources (personnel and equipment) to prepare for deployment, restoration and recovery efforts post-storm.
  • The Division of State Purchasing has leased facilities for logistics staging areas in Central and South Florida to assist emergency response needs throughout the state.

SEAPORTS

  • The following seaports are currently closed:
    • JAXPORT (Jacksonville)
    • Port of Fernandina 

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Brigadier General David Turner, USACE South Atlantic Division Commander, and Colonel Jason Kirk, USACE Jacksonville District Commander, are currently with Governor Scott touring impacted areas.
  • Initial post storm inspections have been completed. No issues or concerns were identified with the Herbert Hoover Dike. Weekly inspections of the dike will occur in accordance with the HHD Emergency Action Plan. The current lake elevation is 17 feet.  Daily inspections will begin if the lake elevation exceeds 16.5 feet.
  • Discharges to the east and the west of the lake are ongoing to mitigate flood risks.
  • USACE Jacksonville District is conducting surveys of the damage to federally funded USACE projects and is prepared to assist with additional missions in support of affected areas if requested.

ST JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • Developing a deployment strategy to identify flooding locations.  
  • All district lands have been closed to public recreation. People with reservations have been notified.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • Aerial inspection by the USACE did not reveal any damage or issues to the Everglades.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP has deployed beach erosion assessment teams across the east coast.
  • State park assessment teams have been deployed to remove debris and reopen state parks. More than 30 state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties.
  • DEP is mobilizing responders to Jacksonville and Orlando areas for Hazardous Waste Assessment teams with EPA.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery Efforts

10/07/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness and Response Efforts as Storm Continues to Impact Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationSHELTERS

  • As of this evening, more than 180 shelters were open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 23,800 individuals. This number will be updated at midnight. Shelters are open in the following counties:
  • Baker: 1 shelter (special needs)
  • Bradford: 2 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Brevard: 17 shelters (7 special needs)
  • Broward: 11 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Clay: 4 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Columbia: 3 shelters
  • Duval: 11 shelters (4 special needs)
  • Flagler: 2 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Glades: 2 shelters (special needs)
  • Hardee: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • Hendry: 2 shelters
  • Highlands: 1 shelter
  • Hillsborough: 4 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Indian River: 6 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Lake: 5 shelters (3 special needs)
  • Lee: 2 shelters
  • Leon: 1 shelter
  • Madison: 1 shelter
  • Manatee: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • Martin: 7 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Miami-Dade: 5 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Nassau: 5 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Okeechobee: 3 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Orange: 2 shelters
  • Osceola: 5 shelters
  • Palm Beach: 15 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Pinellas: 1 shelter
  • Polk: 7 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Putnam: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • St. Lucie: 7 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Seminole: 6 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Sumter: 1 shelter
  • Volusia: 4 (4 special needs)
  • To find available shelters by county, visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/
  • The state continues to work with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.

POWER

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages:
  • Alachua County – 3,559 customers, 3% outage
  • Baker County – 2,084 customers, 19% outage
  • Bradford County – 1,190 customers, 12% outage
  • Brevard County – 195,054 customers, 64% outage
  • Citrus County – 961 customers, 1% outage
  • Clay County – 26,792 customers, 19% outage
  • Columbia County – 578 customers, 2% outage
  • Dixie County – 290 customers, 3% outage
  • Duval County – 131,521 customers, 32% outage
  • Franklin County – 143 customers, 1% outage
  • Flagler County – 58,566 customers, 100% outage
  • Gilchrist County – 590 customers, 7% outage
  • Gulf County, 69 customers, 1% outage
  • Hamilton County, 255 customers, 4% outage
  • Indian River County – 45,230 customers, 51% outage
  • Jefferson County – 89 customers, 1% outage
  • Lake County – 16,173 customers, 10% outage
  • Levy County- 221 customers, 1% outage
  • Madison County – 58 customers, 1% outage
  • Marion County – 27, 389 customers, 15% outage
  • Martin County – 32,580 customers, 35% outage
  • Nassau County – 10,538 customers, 38% outage
  • Okeechobee County – 1,200 customers, 5% outage
  • Orange County – 60,923 customers, 11% outage
  • Osceola County – 1,100 customers, 1% outage
  • Palm Beach County – 31,166 customers, 4% outage
  • Putnam County – 25,461 customers, 62% outage
  • Seminole County – 68,597 customers, 33% outage
  • St. Johns County – 63,470 customers, 72% outage
  • St. Lucie County – 49,240 customers, 33% outage
  • Sumter County – 1,307 customers, 2% outage
  • Suwannee County – 145 customers, 1% outage
  • Taylor County – 101 customers, 1% outage
  • Volusia County – 257,718 customers, 92% outage
  • Wakulla County – 127 customers, 1% outage
    • Total without power: 1,118,275 customers, 11% outage
  • Governor Scott directed the state to begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state. Camp Blanding in Northeast Florida is now able to house over 1,000 utility workers and their trucks. There are two other locations that are currently being prepared if needed.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • The east coast is still actively receiving impacts from Hurricane Matthew.
  • After conditions have improved, individual counties will start their initial damage assessment process.
  • The state supports this initial impact assessment process through the State Emergency Response Team by providing personnel and resources towards “First 72 Hour” priorities of law enforcement security, search and rescue, and incident stabilization of Florida’s impacted communities.

EVACUATIONS

  • More than 500,000 Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.
    • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
    • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
    • Martin County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders.
    • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • Ongoing district, university and college school closures will be updated this weekend.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • Ongoing county and state offices closures will be updated this weekend.
     

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • The National Guard has troops in West Palm Beach, Sanford, Camp Blanding, Brevard and St. Lucie.
  • There are also around 450 Guardsmen spread out over 72 shelters.
  • Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated. 
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with search and rescue efforts.
  • FWC has advanced reconnaissance teams to perform search and rescue operations in Northeast Florida as soon as conditions allow. These teams, made up of a total of 90 members, have partnered with fire and rescue members. FWC also has more than 70 personnel, more than 90 water vessels and nine aircrafts placed strategically throughout affected areas for public safety patrol and search and rescue efforts.
  • FHP has 150 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP also has more than 100 personnel on standby. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.
  • An Urban Search and Rescue team has been deployed to Flagler County’s barrier islands to assist with rescue operations.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • There are currently four boil water notices in effect:
  • South Hutchinson Island (Martin County)
  • Holly Hill (Volusia County)
  • Cocoa (Brevard County)
  • Melbourne (Brevard County)
  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelter activations.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • The following hospitals have evacuated patients:
    • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
    • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
    • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge
    • Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian
    • Florida Hospital Flagler, Bunnell
    • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov 
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities over the weekend for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas. Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. All toll suspensions remain in effect and will remain suspended for at least 24 hours. After the storm passes, county DOT officials will review this on a case by case basis.

AIRPORTS

  • The following airports are closed:
  • Daytona Beach International Airport: EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ONLY
  • DeLand Municipal - Sidney H Taylor Field: CLOSED
  • Flagler Executive Airport: CLOSED
  • Hilliard Airpark: EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ONLY
  • Jacksonville International Airport: CLOSED
  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport: EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ONLY
  • Lake City Gateway Airport : CLOSED
  • Massey Ranch Airpark: CLOSED
  • New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport: CLOSED
  • Northeast Florida Regional Airport: CLOSED
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport: CLOSED
  • Ormond Beach Municipal Airport: CLOSED
  • River Ranch Resort Airport: CLOSED
  • Sebastian Municipal Airport: CLOSED
  • Tallahassee Commercial Airport: CLOSED
  • Tavares Seaplane Base: CLOSED
  • Valkaria Airport: CLOSED
  • Vero Beach Municipal Airport: CLOSED

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • Due to high winds from Hurricane Matthew, all the bridges in St. Johns County are closed. Dames Point Bridge is also closed. The State Road 200 Bridge to Amelia Island is closed due to high winds. Other areas in Northeast Florida are experiencing some bridge and road closures. More information on road and bridge closures can be found at http://www.fl511.com.
  • All interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT is conducting damage assessments of roadways and inspections of bridges in Central and South Florida as conditions improve. There are no issues to report at this time.
  • FDOT will continue to halt construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways. Contractors are have been instructed to open all travel lanes by removing unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have emergency crews on standby. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions.
  • Tri-Rail service remains suspended in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Anticipate service restoration late Friday/early Saturday.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • 150 truckloads of water are being prepositioned around the state and 63 truckloads of water are holding in the in State Logistics Response Center (SLRC). In total, this includes more than 302,000 gallons of water.  This will be distributed throughout the affected counties once weather permits.
    • The SLRC also has currently have a trailer of meals, which includes more than 10,000 meal kits. In addition, more than 178,000 kits are expected to be delivered throughout the weekend.
  • Anheuser-Busch is donating nine truckloads, more than 450,000 cans, of emergency drinking water in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Several truckloads are headed to Florida communities including Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
  • Coca-Cola is donating 10 truckloads, more than 360,000 bottles of Dasani water to the Jacksonville area.
  • Youfit Health Clubs will be opening their doors to the public today through Sunday to help those who lost power from the storm. Visit their Facebook page for a list of all open locations.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams remain on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew  to register. So far, more than 850 volunteers have registered within 24 hours.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas and is coordinating operations at the Leon County shelter.

Blood Donations

  • Bloodbanks have an urgent need for platelets and O- red cells and type AB plasma.
  • After temporarily suspending some operations due to Hurricane Matthew, OneBlood, the local blood center, is resuming operations in select locations effective Friday, October 7th and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply.
  • For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about preparedness and response measures.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Southeast Region: Morning Star Community Home Inc. (Palm Beach Gardens), Poseidon Group Home (Lake Worth), Seagull Place ALF (Riviera Beach), MacTown 1st Avenue Group Home (Boyton Beach), MacTown Edmor Group Home (West Palm Beach), MacTown Redding Rd. (Boyton Beach), one individual from Angel Manor (Ft. Lauderdale)
    • Central Region: Albion (Palm Bay), Pediatric Pavilion (Orlando), Highland Terrace (Titusville), CFG/Tiwa Lane (Titusville), Gillespie (Melbourne and Palm Bay)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • The Department of Elder Affairs continues to coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services are meeting the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Broward County), Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Volusia County), Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home (St. Johns County). All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days:
    • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Today - Saturday
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic - Today - Saturday
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) - Thursday - Saturday

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
    • The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org
    • Click HERE for Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is planning for post-impact outreach to major retailers to identify open status of stores, major challenges to reopening and potential timelines.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed and is working with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb expanded activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services’ Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure once weather conditions allow.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with telecommunications industry.
  • The division worked with telecommunications partners to pre-staged resources (personnel and equipment) to prepare for deployment, restoration and recovery efforts post-storm.

SEAPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports:
    • Miami – OPEN
    • Everglades – OPEN
    • Fort Pierce – CLOSED
    • Palm Beach – OPEN
    • Canaveral – CLOSED
    • Jacksonville – CLOSED
    • Fernandina – CLOSED
    • Saint Petersburg – OPEN
    • Tampa Bay – OPEN
    • Manatee – OPEN
    • Key West – OPEN 

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Brigadier General David Turner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is currently at the State EOC.
  • A post storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.93 feet.
  • Discharges to the east of the Lake are currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.

ST JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • Nine water pumps have been identified and readied for mobilization. No requests have been made at this time.
  • All district lands have been closed to public recreation. People with reservations have been notified.
  • All hunting areas on district lands have been closed.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system, critical flood control structures, and canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • DEP’s Florida Park Service is hosting U.S. Coast Guard vessels at select facilities along the East Coast of Florida to allow them to respond quickly to the areas most affected by the storm and is preparing strike teams to move into affected areas once the storm is passed.
  • DEP is mobilizing responders to Jacksonville and Orlando areas for Hazardous Waste Assessment teams with EPA.
  • Some parks are beginning to reopen but more than 60 state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness and Response Efforts as Storm Continues to Impact Florida

10/07/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness and Response Efforts as Storm Continues to Impact Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationSHELTERS

  • As of this evening, more than 180 shelters were open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 23,800 individuals. This number will be updated at midnight. Shelters are open in the following counties:
  • Baker: 1 shelter (special needs)
  • Bradford: 2 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Brevard: 17 shelters (7 special needs)
  • Broward: 11 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Clay: 4 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Columbia: 3 shelters
  • Duval: 11 shelters (4 special needs)
  • Flagler: 2 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Glades: 2 shelters (special needs)
  • Hardee: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • Hendry: 2 shelters
  • Highlands: 1 shelter
  • Hillsborough: 4 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Indian River: 6 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Lake: 5 shelters (3 special needs)
  • Lee: 2 shelters
  • Leon: 1 shelter
  • Madison: 1 shelter
  • Manatee: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • Martin: 7 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Miami-Dade: 5 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Nassau: 5 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Okeechobee: 3 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Orange: 2 shelters
  • Osceola: 5 shelters
  • Palm Beach: 15 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Pinellas: 1 shelter
  • Polk: 7 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Putnam: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • St. Lucie: 7 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Seminole: 6 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Sumter: 1 shelter
  • Volusia: 4 (4 special needs)
  • To find available shelters by county, visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/
  • The state continues to work with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.

POWER

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages:
  • Alachua County – 3,559 customers, 3% outage
  • Baker County – 2,084 customers, 19% outage
  • Bradford County – 1,190 customers, 12% outage
  • Brevard County – 195,054 customers, 64% outage
  • Citrus County – 961 customers, 1% outage
  • Clay County – 26,792 customers, 19% outage
  • Columbia County – 578 customers, 2% outage
  • Dixie County – 290 customers, 3% outage
  • Duval County – 131,521 customers, 32% outage
  • Franklin County – 143 customers, 1% outage
  • Flagler County – 58,566 customers, 100% outage
  • Gilchrist County – 590 customers, 7% outage
  • Gulf County, 69 customers, 1% outage
  • Hamilton County, 255 customers, 4% outage
  • Indian River County – 45,230 customers, 51% outage
  • Jefferson County – 89 customers, 1% outage
  • Lake County – 16,173 customers, 10% outage
  • Levy County- 221 customers, 1% outage
  • Madison County – 58 customers, 1% outage
  • Marion County – 27, 389 customers, 15% outage
  • Martin County – 32,580 customers, 35% outage
  • Nassau County – 10,538 customers, 38% outage
  • Okeechobee County – 1,200 customers, 5% outage
  • Orange County – 60,923 customers, 11% outage
  • Osceola County – 1,100 customers, 1% outage
  • Palm Beach County – 31,166 customers, 4% outage
  • Putnam County – 25,461 customers, 62% outage
  • Seminole County – 68,597 customers, 33% outage
  • St. Johns County – 63,470 customers, 72% outage
  • St. Lucie County – 49,240 customers, 33% outage
  • Sumter County – 1,307 customers, 2% outage
  • Suwannee County – 145 customers, 1% outage
  • Taylor County – 101 customers, 1% outage
  • Volusia County – 257,718 customers, 92% outage
  • Wakulla County – 127 customers, 1% outage
    • Total without power: 1,118,275 customers, 11% outage
  • Governor Scott directed the state to begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state. Camp Blanding in Northeast Florida is now able to house over 1,000 utility workers and their trucks. There are two other locations that are currently being prepared if needed.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • The east coast is still actively receiving impacts from Hurricane Matthew.
  • After conditions have improved, individual counties will start their initial damage assessment process.
  • The state supports this initial impact assessment process through the State Emergency Response Team by providing personnel and resources towards “First 72 Hour” priorities of law enforcement security, search and rescue, and incident stabilization of Florida’s impacted communities.

EVACUATIONS

  • More than 500,000 Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.
    • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
    • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
    • Martin County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders.
    • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • Ongoing district, university and college school closures will be updated this weekend.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • Ongoing county and state offices closures will be updated this weekend.
     

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • The National Guard has troops in West Palm Beach, Sanford, Camp Blanding, Brevard and St. Lucie.
  • There are also around 450 Guardsmen spread out over 72 shelters.
  • Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated. 
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with search and rescue efforts.
  • FWC has advanced reconnaissance teams to perform search and rescue operations in Northeast Florida as soon as conditions allow. These teams, made up of a total of 90 members, have partnered with fire and rescue members. FWC also has more than 70 personnel, more than 90 water vessels and nine aircrafts placed strategically throughout affected areas for public safety patrol and search and rescue efforts.
  • FHP has 150 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP also has more than 100 personnel on standby. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.
  • An Urban Search and Rescue team has been deployed to Flagler County’s barrier islands to assist with rescue operations.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • There are currently four boil water notices in effect:
  • South Hutchinson Island (Martin County)
  • Holly Hill (Volusia County)
  • Cocoa (Brevard County)
  • Melbourne (Brevard County)
  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelter activations.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • The following hospitals have evacuated patients:
    • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
    • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
    • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge
    • Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian
    • Florida Hospital Flagler, Bunnell
    • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov 
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities over the weekend for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas. Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. All toll suspensions remain in effect and will remain suspended for at least 24 hours. After the storm passes, county DOT officials will review this on a case by case basis.

AIRPORTS

  • The following airports are closed:
  • Daytona Beach International Airport: EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ONLY
  • DeLand Municipal - Sidney H Taylor Field: CLOSED
  • Flagler Executive Airport: CLOSED
  • Hilliard Airpark: EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ONLY
  • Jacksonville International Airport: CLOSED
  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport: EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ONLY
  • Lake City Gateway Airport : CLOSED
  • Massey Ranch Airpark: CLOSED
  • New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport: CLOSED
  • Northeast Florida Regional Airport: CLOSED
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport: CLOSED
  • Ormond Beach Municipal Airport: CLOSED
  • River Ranch Resort Airport: CLOSED
  • Sebastian Municipal Airport: CLOSED
  • Tallahassee Commercial Airport: CLOSED
  • Tavares Seaplane Base: CLOSED
  • Valkaria Airport: CLOSED
  • Vero Beach Municipal Airport: CLOSED

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • Due to high winds from Hurricane Matthew, all the bridges in St. Johns County are closed. Dames Point Bridge is also closed. The State Road 200 Bridge to Amelia Island is closed due to high winds. Other areas in Northeast Florida are experiencing some bridge and road closures. More information on road and bridge closures can be found at http://www.fl511.com.
  • All interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT is conducting damage assessments of roadways and inspections of bridges in Central and South Florida as conditions improve. There are no issues to report at this time.
  • FDOT will continue to halt construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways. Contractors are have been instructed to open all travel lanes by removing unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have emergency crews on standby. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions.
  • Tri-Rail service remains suspended in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Anticipate service restoration late Friday/early Saturday.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • 150 truckloads of water are being prepositioned around the state and 63 truckloads of water are holding in the in State Logistics Response Center (SLRC). In total, this includes more than 302,000 gallons of water.  This will be distributed throughout the affected counties once weather permits.
    • The SLRC also has currently have a trailer of meals, which includes more than 10,000 meal kits. In addition, more than 178,000 kits are expected to be delivered throughout the weekend.
  • Anheuser-Busch is donating nine truckloads, more than 450,000 cans, of emergency drinking water in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Several truckloads are headed to Florida communities including Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
  • Coca-Cola is donating 10 truckloads, more than 360,000 bottles of Dasani water to the Jacksonville area.
  • Youfit Health Clubs will be opening their doors to the public today through Sunday to help those who lost power from the storm. Visit their Facebook page for a list of all open locations.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams remain on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew  to register. So far, more than 850 volunteers have registered within 24 hours.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas and is coordinating operations at the Leon County shelter.

Blood Donations

  • Bloodbanks have an urgent need for platelets and O- red cells and type AB plasma.
  • After temporarily suspending some operations due to Hurricane Matthew, OneBlood, the local blood center, is resuming operations in select locations effective Friday, October 7th and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply.
  • For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about preparedness and response measures.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Southeast Region: Morning Star Community Home Inc. (Palm Beach Gardens), Poseidon Group Home (Lake Worth), Seagull Place ALF (Riviera Beach), MacTown 1st Avenue Group Home (Boyton Beach), MacTown Edmor Group Home (West Palm Beach), MacTown Redding Rd. (Boyton Beach), one individual from Angel Manor (Ft. Lauderdale)
    • Central Region: Albion (Palm Bay), Pediatric Pavilion (Orlando), Highland Terrace (Titusville), CFG/Tiwa Lane (Titusville), Gillespie (Melbourne and Palm Bay)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • The Department of Elder Affairs continues to coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to ensure that services are meeting the needs of elders and adults with disabilities across the state without disruption.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Broward County), Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Volusia County), Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home (St. Johns County). All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days:
    • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Today - Saturday
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic - Today - Saturday
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) - Thursday - Saturday

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
    • The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org
    • Click HERE for Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is planning for post-impact outreach to major retailers to identify open status of stores, major challenges to reopening and potential timelines.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed and is working with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb expanded activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services’ Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure once weather conditions allow.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with telecommunications industry.
  • The division worked with telecommunications partners to pre-staged resources (personnel and equipment) to prepare for deployment, restoration and recovery efforts post-storm.

SEAPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports:
    • Miami – OPEN
    • Everglades – OPEN
    • Fort Pierce – CLOSED
    • Palm Beach – OPEN
    • Canaveral – CLOSED
    • Jacksonville – CLOSED
    • Fernandina – CLOSED
    • Saint Petersburg – OPEN
    • Tampa Bay – OPEN
    • Manatee – OPEN
    • Key West – OPEN 

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Brigadier General David Turner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is currently at the State EOC.
  • A post storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.93 feet.
  • Discharges to the east of the Lake are currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.

ST JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • Nine water pumps have been identified and readied for mobilization. No requests have been made at this time.
  • All district lands have been closed to public recreation. People with reservations have been notified.
  • All hunting areas on district lands have been closed.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system, critical flood control structures, and canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • DEP’s Florida Park Service is hosting U.S. Coast Guard vessels at select facilities along the East Coast of Florida to allow them to respond quickly to the areas most affected by the storm and is preparing strike teams to move into affected areas once the storm is passed.
  • DEP is mobilizing responders to Jacksonville and Orlando areas for Hazardous Waste Assessment teams with EPA.
  • Some parks are beginning to reopen but more than 60 state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness and Response Efforts as Storm Continues to Impact Florida

10/07/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness and Response Efforts as Storm Continues to Impact Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationSHELTERS

  • As of this morning, more than 145 shelters were open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 22,360 individuals. This number will be updated at midnight. Shelters are open in the following counties:
  • Baker: 1 shelter (special needs)
  • Bradford: 2 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Brevard: 17 shelters (7 special needs)
  • Broward: 12 shelters (3 special needs)
  • Clay: 4 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Colombia: 3 shelters
  • Duval: 11 shelters (4 special needs)
  • Flagler: 2 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Glades: 2 shelters (special needs)
  • Hardy: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • Hendry: 2 shelters
  • Highlands: 1 shelter
  • Hillsborough: 4 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Indian River: 6 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Lake: 5 shelters (3 special needs)
  • Lee: 2 shelters
  • Leon: 1 shelters
  • Madison: 1 shelter
  • Manatee: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • Martin: 7 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Miami-Dade: 5 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Nassau: 5 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Okeechobee: 3 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Orange: 2 shelters
  • Osceola: 5 shelters
  • Palm Beach: 15 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Pinellas: 1 shelter
  • Polk: 7 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Putnam: 1 shelter (1 special needs)
  • St. Lucie: 7 shelters (1 special needs)
  • Seminole: 6 shelters (2 special needs)
  • Sumter: 1 shelter
  • Volusia: 4 (4 special needs)
  • To find available shelters by county, visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/
  • The state continues to work with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.

POWER

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages:
  • Alachua – 3,216 customers, 2% outage
  • Baker – 264, 2% outage
  • Bradford – 174 customers, 2% outage
  • Brevard County – 186,999, 61% outage
  • Broward – 5,070 customers, 1% outage
  • Clay – 7,485 customers, 5% outage
  • Duval – 4,743 customers, 1% outage
  • Flagler County – 39,261 customers, 69% outage
  • Franklin County – 103 customers, 1% outage
  • Hamilton – 90 customers, 1% outage
  • Highlands – 472 customers, 1%
  • Indian River County – 59,244 customers, 67% outage
  • Jefferson County – 64 customers, 1% outage
  • Lake County – 14,009 customers, 8% outage
  • Marion County – 4,783 customers, 3 % outage
  • Martin County – 44,600 customers, 48% outage
  • Okeechobee County – 1,270 customers, 6% outage
  • Orange County – 49,326 customers, 9% outage
  • Osceola County – 6,172 customers, 5% outage
  • Palm Beach County – 43,160 customers, 6% outage
  • Putnam County – 8,160 customers, 20% outage
  • Seminole County – 40,787 customers, 20% outage
  • St. Johns County – 28,950 customers, 33% outage
  • St. Lucie County – 51,312 customers, 34% outage
  • Volusia County – 218,308 customers, 78% outage
    • Total without power: 826,920 customers, 8% outage
  • Governor Scott directed the state to begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state. Camp Blanding in Northeast Florida is now able to house over 1,000 utility workers and their trucks. There are two other locations that are currently being prepared if needed.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 5 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • The east coast is still actively receiving impacts from Hurricane Matthew which will continue through most of the day.
  • After conditions have improved, individual counties will start their initial damage assessment process.
  • The state supports this initial damage assessment process through the State Emergency Response Team by providing personnel and resources towards “First 72 Hour” priorities of law enforcement security, search and rescue, and incident stabilization of Florida’s impacted communities.

EVACUATIONS

  • More than 1.5 million Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.
    • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
    • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations for mobile homes and low lying areas.
    • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
    • Martin County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
    • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations.
    • Palm Beach County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders.
    • St. Lucie County: Mandatory evacuations.
    • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • District school closures include:
  • Alachua County – Closed Friday.
  • Baker County – Closed Friday.  
  • Brevard County – Closed Friday.
  • Broward County – Closed Friday.
  • Bradford County Schools - Closed Friday.
  • Citrus County – Closed Friday.
  • Clay County – Closed Friday.
  • Columbia County – Closed Friday.
  • Dade County – Closed Friday.
  • Desoto County – Closed Friday.
  • Dixie County – Closed Friday.
  • Duval County – Closed Friday.
  • Lake County Schools - Closed Friday.
  • Flagler County –  Closed Friday.
  • Gilchrist County – Closed Friday.
  • Glades County – Closed Friday.
  • Hamilton County – Closed Friday.
  • Hardee County – Closed Friday.
  • Hendry County – Closed Friday.
  • Highlands County –  Closed Friday.
  • Hillsborough County – Closed Friday.
  • Indian River County – Closed Friday. 
  • Lafayette County – Closed Friday.
  • Lake County – Closed Friday.
  • Levy County – Closed Friday.
  • Madison County – Closed early Friday.
  • Manatee County – Closed Friday.
  • Martin County – Closed Friday.
  • Marion County – Closed Friday.
  • Nassau County –  Closed Friday.
  • Okeechobee County - Closed Friday.
  • Orange County – Closed Friday.
  • Osceola County – Closed Friday.
  • Palm Beach County – Closed Friday.
  • Pasco County – Closed Friday.
  • Pinellas County – Closed Friday.
  • Polk County – Closed Friday.
  • Putnam County – Closed Friday.
  • Seminole County - Closed Friday.
  • St. Johns County – Closed Friday.
  • St. Lucie County – Closed Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closed Friday.
  • Suwannee County – Closed Friday.
  • Union County – Closed Friday.  
  • Volusia County - Closed Friday.
  • FAU Lab school – Closed Friday.
  • Florida School for Deaf and Blind – Closed Friday.
  • UF Lab School – Closed Friday.
  • Universities/ college closures include:
  • University of North Florida: Closed today through Saturday.
  • Embry Riddle University: Closed today.
  • Florida Atlantic University: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida International University: Closed today.
  • Florida A&M University satellite campuses (in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa): Closed today through Sunday.
  • Nova Southeastern University: Closed today.
  • University of Central Florida: Closed today through Saturday.
  • Broward College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Daytona State College: Closed today.
  • Eastern Florida State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: Closed today.
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Closed today.
  • Lake-Sumter State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Indian River State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Miami Dade College: Closed today.
  • Palm Beach State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Seminole State College of Florida: Closed today through Sunday.
  • St. Johns River State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Valencia College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Broward College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • South Florida State College: Closed today.
  • University of Florida: Closed today.
  • College of Central Florida: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida Gateway College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida Southwestern State College: Hendry Glades Curtis Center closed today.
  • North Florida Community College: Closed today at 2:00pm.
  • Polk State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Santa Fe College: Closed today through Sunday. 
  • Pasco-Hernando State College: Closed today through Sunday.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • County and state offices are closed Friday in the following counties:
    • Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • This morning, the National Guard will conduct an assessment on South Florida.  Once they complete any recovery missions, they will join the troops deployed in Central and North Florida.
  • Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated. 
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
  • The National Guard moved helicopters from Duval County to Hernando County and are receiving additional aircraft, including heavy lift Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, through the Emergency Mutual Aid Compact.  

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with search and rescue efforts.
  • FWC has deployed three advanced reconnaissance teams to perform search and rescue operations in Brevard and Martin Counties. A fourth team is on standby to respond to Northeast Florida as soon as conditions allow. These teams, made up of a total of 90 members, have partnered with fire and rescue members. FWC also has more than 70 personnel, more than 90 water vessels and nine aircrafts placed strategically throughout affected areas for public safety patrol and search and rescue efforts.
  • FHP has 150 Quick Action Force members deployed for public safety patrol across affected areas. FHP also has more than 100 personnel on standby. FHP is also continuing to use aircraft to monitor road conditions when weather permits.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • There are currently three boil water notices in effect:
  • Vero Beach (Indian River County)
  • Port Orange (Volusia County)
  • Melbourne (Brevard County)
  • DOH is monitoring and supporting special needs shelter activations.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • The following hospitals have evacuated patients:
    • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
    • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
    • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
    • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
    • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge
    • Indian River Medical Center, Sebastian
    • Florida Hospital Flagler, Bunnell
    • DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov 
  • AHCA will continue to communicate with healthcare facilities over the weekend for updates and support. After hours contact information has been provided to over 8,000 nursing home and assisted living providers, and hospitals in the affected areas.
  • Statewide contact has been made with 2,897 providers, including the majority of providers in affected areas. Those unable to be reached will continue to be pursued until contacted.
  • Post impact reporting instructions have been shared including providing power status, generator status, and re-entry post evacuation.

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. All toll suspensions remain in effect and will remain suspended for at least 24 hours. After the storm passes, county DOT officials will review this on a case by case basis.

AIRPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following airports:
    • Tampa International Airport – OPEN
    • Orlando Sanford Airport – OPEN
    • Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport – CLOSED
    • Orlando International Airport – CLOSED
    • Jacksonville International Airport – OPEN (Limited service) – 10/04/16
    • Daytona Beach International Airport – OPEN (No commercial activity)
    • Destin – Fort Walton Beach / Eglin AFB - OPEN
    • Gainesville Regional Airport – OPEN
    • Key West International Airport – OPEN
    • Melbourne International Airport – CLOSED
    • Miami International Airport – OPEN (No commercial activity)
    • Northeast Florida Regional Airport – CLOSED
    • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport – OPEN
    • Orlando Sanford International Airport – CLOSED
    • Orlando International Airport – CLOSED
    • Palm Beach International Airport – OPEN (No commercial activity)
    • Pensacola International Airport – OPEN
    • Punta Gorda Airport – OPEN
    • Sarasota / Bradenton International Airport – OPEN
    • Southwest Florida International Airport – OPEN
    • St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport – OPEN
    • Tallahassee International Airport – OPEN
    • Tampa International Airport – OPEN

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • Due to high winds from Hurricane Matthew, all the bridges in St. Johns County are closed. Dames Point Bridge is also closed.
  • The State Rd 16 over St. Johns River in Clay County is also closed. Atlantic Blvd. at the Intercostal Waterway is closed to due downed power lines.
  • The State Road 200 Bridge to Amelia Island is closed due to high winds.
  • All other major roads and interstates in Florida are currently open.
  • FDOT is investigating roadways in Miami and West Palm Beach. There are no issues to report at this time.
  • FDOT will continue to halt construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways. Contractors are have been instructed to open all travel lanes by removing unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have emergency crews on standby. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions.
  • Tri-Rail service remains suspended in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Service will be opened as conditions allow.
  • More information on road and bridge closures can be found at www.fl511.com.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Resources and Supplies
    • 150 truckloads of water are being prepositioned around the state and 63 truckloads of water are holding in the in State Logistics Response Center (SLRC). In total, this includes more than 302,000 gallons of water.  This will be distributed throughout the affected counties once weather permits.
    • The SLRC also has currently have a trailer of meals, which includes more than 10,000 meal kits. In addition, more than 178,000 kits are expected to be delivered throughout the weekend.
  • Anheuser-Busch is donating nine truckloads, more than 450,000 cans, of emergency drinking water in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Several truckloads are headed to Florida communities including Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams remain on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments once weather conditions improve.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.

Volunteer Organizations

  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew to register. So far, more than 600 volunteers have registered within 24 hours.
  • Individuals can also volunteer through the Red Cross by visiting RedCross.org
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas and is coordinating operations at the Leon County shelter.

Blood Donations

  • After temporarily suspending some operations due to Hurricane Matthew, OneBlood, the local blood center, is resuming operations in select locations effective Friday, October 7th and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply.
  • OneBlood Locations Open on Friday, October 7th are:
    • Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties - Open
    • Broward County – Open
    • Palm Beach County - Boca Raton, Delray and Lantana donor centers open
    • Tampa Bay – Open, except Polk County is closed
    • Manatee County and surrounding areas - Open
    • Panhandle, including Tallahassee, Pensacola and Panama City areas – Open
    • Ft. Myers – Open, (except Sebring)
  • For more information, please visit www.oneblood.org.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about preparedness and response measures.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
    • Southeast Region: Morning Star Community Home Inc. (Palm Beach Gardens), Poseidon Group Home (Lake Worth), Seagull Place ALF (Riviera Beach), MacTown 1st Avenue Group Home (Boyton Beach), MacTown Edmor Group Home (West Palm Beach), MacTown Redding Rd. (Boyton Beach)
    • Central Region: Albion (Palm Bay), Pediatric Pavilion (Orlando, FL), Highland Terrace (Titusville)
    • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • DOEA is coordinating with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to communicate with clients, including elders and individuals with disabilities, and assist with evacuation coordination or transportation to local special needs shelters.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and in preparation for the storm, extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Broward County), Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Volusia County), Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home (St. Johns County). All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days:
    • All Miami VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics, with the exception of Key West - Thursday and Friday
    • Miami Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Fort Lauderdale Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • All West Palm Beach VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics - Thursday and Friday
    • West Palm Beach VA Medical Center elective surgeries or procedures – Thursday Friday
    • Palm Beach (Freenacres) Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Melbourne Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Jupiter Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Pompano Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Thursday - Saturday
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic - Thursday - Saturday
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) - Thursday - Saturday
    • Orange City VA Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Orlando VM Medical Center elective surgeries or procedures – Thursday and Friday
    • Lake Baldwin Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Clermont Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Tavares Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Kissimmee Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Daytona Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • St. Augustine Clinic -  Thursday - Friday
    • Jacksonville (all locations) – Thursday - Friday
    • St. Mary’s (GA) Clinic – Thursday – Friday
    • Palatka Clinic – Thursday – Friday
    • The Villages Clinic – Friday
    • Ocala Clinic – Friday
    • Lecanto Clinic – Friday
    • Jacksonville Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Lake City VAMC and Gainesville VAMC Outpatient Clinic- Appointments cancelled Friday

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
    • The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org
    • Click HERE for Office and Warehouse space offerings for displaced or damaged businesses
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is planning for post-impact outreach to major retailers to identify open status of stores, major challenges to reopening and potential timelines.

INSURANCE

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. 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.
  • It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed and is working with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb is expanding activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
    • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
    • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services’ Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure once weather conditions allow.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with telecommunications industry.
  • The division worked with telecommunications partners to pre-staged resources (personnel and equipment) to prepare for deployment, restoration and recovery efforts post-storm.

SEAPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports:
    • Miami – CLOSED
    • Everglades – CLOSED
    • Fort Pierce – CLOSED
    • Palm Beach – CLOSED    
    • Canaveral – CLOSED
    • Jacksonville – CLOSED
    • Fernandina – CLOSED
    • Saint Petersburg – OPEN (Limited operations)
    • Tampa Bay – OPEN (Limited operations)
    • Manatee – OPEN (Limited operations)
    • Key West – OPEN 

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Brigadier General David Turner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is currently at the State EOC.
  • A post storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.93 feet.
  • Discharges to the east of the Lake are currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.

ST JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • 75% percent of the district is currently subject to hurricane force winds.
  • SJWMD is actively monitoring the effects of the storm.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system, critical flood control structures, and canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • DEP’s Florida Park Service is hosting U.S. Coast Guard vessels at select facilities along the East Coast of Florida to allow them to respond quickly to the areas most affected by the storm and is preparing strike teams to move into affected areas once the storm is passed.
  • Some parks are beginning to reopen but more than 80 state parks and campgrounds remain closed. To view the full list, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info/ to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness and Response Efforts as Storm Continues to Impact Florida

10/07/16 - Gov. Scott: As Hurricane Impacts Florida, Additional Requests Made To Federal Government

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationAs Hurricane Matthew impacts Florida, Governor Scott has requested President Obama to declare a Major Disaster for Florida as a result of the storm. If approved by President Obama, this will provide federal resources to support recovery efforts in Florida.  This request is for both individual assistance for families and public assistance to help state agencies and local governments.  Yesterday, the federal government approved Governor Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration. Cumulatively, Governor Scott has asked FEMA to provide the following:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Tarps
  • Generators
  • Water pumps
  • Search and rescue teams
  • Hazmat assessment teams
  • Cots and blankets
  • Food distribution vehicles
  • Helicopters

Governor Scott has also directed the state to begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state. Camp Blanding in Northeast Florida is ready to house over 1,000 utility workers and their trucks. Two other locations are currently being prepared across the state should utility companies need it.

Governor Rick Scott said, “As this massive category three hurricane impacts Florida, I have continued to make requests to the federal government for resources based on the needs of communities across our state. This storm has now impacted a little over half of our east coast, and we expect to see severe impacts as it approaches Northeast Florida.  We will not hesitate to get our communities the resources they need to respond to families and we will continue to make requests to the federal government as needed.

“I have also directed the state to set up strategic housing for utility crews across the state so workers can quickly restore power. Power saves lives and getting it restored will be a top priority as the storm passes.  In advance of this storm, I activated 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard. They have already started conducting assessments in South Florida.  Once they complete any recovery missions, they will join the troops we have positioned in Central and North Florida and help with any search and rescue efforts.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission currently has 90 officers performing search and rescue operations, and another 70 on standby. Florida Highway Patrol has 150 troopers on public safety patrol right now, and another 100 on standby. They are all ready to help people in our state impacted by this severe storm.”

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott: As Hurricane Impacts Florida, Additional Requests Made To Federal Government

10/06/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationToday, Governor Rick Scott met with emergency management officials in Tallahassee and Stuart and St. Augustine as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm. Florida remains under both tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings. Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state and local leaders, utility companies, sheriffs, and volunteer organizations who are working to ensure the state is prepared for the storm.

EVACUATIONS

  • More than 1.5 million Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.
  • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Citrus County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Glades County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Hendry County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
  • Lake County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Manatee County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Martin County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
  • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Okeechobee County: Voluntary evacuation orders have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Orange County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Palm Beach County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Pasco County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Putnam County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Seminole County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
  • Lucie County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Sumter County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.

Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

SHELTERS

  • As of 6:00 PM, 130 shelters were open throughout Florida. There are not any capacity issues at shelters at this time. Shelters are open in the following counties:
  • Baker County: 1 general, 1 special needs (2 total)
  • Bradford County: 1 general
  • Brevard County: 8 general, 3 special needs, 4 pet friendly (16 total)
  • Broward County: 7 general, 2 special needs, 1 pet (10 total)
  • Clay County: 3 general
  • Duval County: 1 special needs (3 total)
  • Flagler County: 1 general, 1 special needs, 1 pet friendly (3 total)
  • Glades County: 2 general, 1 special needs (3 total)
  • Hendry County: 1 general, 1 special needs (2 total)
  • Highlands County: 2 general
  • Indian River County: 5 general
  • Lake County: 5 general, 4 special needs (9 total)
  • Marion County: 1 general
  • Martin County: 5 general, 1 special needs (5 total)
  • Miami-Dade County: 3 general, 1 pet friendly (3 total)
  • Nassau County: 3 general, 1 special needs, 1 pet friendly (5 total)
  • Okeechobee County: 1 general, 1 special needs (2 total)
  • Orange County: 3 general, 2 special needs, 1 pet friendly (6 total)
  • Osceola County: 1 general, 1 special needs, 3 pet friendly (5 total)
  • Palm Beach County: 8 general, 1 special needs, 1 pet friendly (10 total)
  • Putnam County: 5 general
  • Seminole County: 1 general, 1 special needs, 1 pet friendly (3 total)
  • Johns County: 4 general
  • Lucie County: 4 general, 1 special needs (5 total)
  • Sumter County: 5 general, 1 special needs (6 total)
  • Volusia County: 11 general
  • Coastal counties are working on opening additional shelters this morning, including shelters for people with special needs, pets and general populations. To find available shelters by county, visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/
  • The state continues to work with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.

POWER

  • The following counties are currently experiencing power outages:
  • Miami –  around 6,800 people without power.  (1%)
  • Brevard County – 2,200 people are without power.  (1%)
  • Broward County – 5,600 people are without power.  (1%)
  • Palm Beach County – 4,800 are without power.  (1%)
  • Outage reporting will continue this evening.
  • Power companies have pre-positioned personnel such as linemen, transmission, substation and vegetation staff to assist with potential power outages. This includes staff members from Duke Energy, Florida Public Utilities, TECO Energy Company, electric co-ops, and municipal utilities.
  • Utilities are contacting their mutual aid partners to determine availability if external resources are needed to restore services.
  • The state is monitoring the power grid for sufficient power in the state and the natural gas infrastructure for any damages that can cause a loss of service to power plants.
  • Governor Scott has spoken with utilities across the state to ensure utilities are pre-positioned and there are no unmet needs.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida.
  • The state will continue to monitor and assist with state and local government fuel assistance requests.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for nearly 6 days, even if all ports are temporarily closed.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • District school closures include:
  • Alachua County – Closed Friday.
  • Baker County – Closed Friday.
  • Brevard County – Closed Friday.
  • Broward County – Closed Friday.
  • Bradford County Schools – Closed Friday.
  • Citrus County – Closed Friday.
  • Clay County – Closed Friday.
  • Columbia County – Closed Friday.
  • Dade County – Closed Friday.
  • Desoto County – Closed Friday.
  • Dixie County – Closed Friday.
  • Duval County – Closed Friday.
  • Lake County Schools – Closed Friday.
  • Flagler County – Closed Friday.
  • Gilchrist County – Closed Friday.
  • Glades County – Closed Friday.
  • Hamilton County – Closed Friday.
  • Hardee County – Closed Friday.
  • Hendry County – Closed Friday.
  • Highlands County –  Closed Friday.
  • Hillsborough County – Closed Friday.
  • Indian River County – Closed Friday.
  • Lafayette County – Closed Friday.
  • Lake County – Closed Friday.
  • Levy County – Closed Friday.
  • Madison County – Closed early Friday.
  • Manatee County – Closed Friday.
  • Martin County – Closed Friday.
  • Marion County – Closed Friday.
  • Nassau County –  Closed Friday.
  • Okeechobee County – Closed Friday.
  • Orange County – Closed Friday.
  • Osceola County – Closed Friday.
  • Palm Beach County – Closed Friday.
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  • Pasco County – Closed Friday.
  • Pinellas County – Closed Friday.
  • Polk County – Closed Friday.
  • Putnam County – Closed Friday.
  • Seminole County – Closed Friday.
  • Johns County – Closed Friday.
  • Lucie County – Closed Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closed Friday.
  • Suwannee County – Closed Friday.
  • Union County – Closed Friday.
  • Volusia County – Closed Friday.
  • FAU Lab school – Closed Friday.
  • Florida School for Deaf and Blind – Closed Friday.
  • UF Lab School – Closed Friday.
  • Universities/ college closures include:
  • University of North Florida: Closed Thursday through Saturday.
  • Embry Riddle University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida Atlantic University: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida International University: Closed Thursday through Friday.
  • Florida A&M University satellite campuses (in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa): Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Nova Southeastern University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Central Florida: Closed Thursday through Saturday.
  • Broward College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Daytona State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Eastern Florida State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake-Sumter State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Indian River State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Miami Dade College: Closed Thursday through Friday.
  • Palm Beach State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Seminole State College of Florida: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Johns River State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Valencia College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Broward College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • South Florida State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Florida: Closed Friday.
  • Florida Keys Community College Middle Keys and Upper Keys Center: Closed Thursday.
  • College of Central Florida: Closed Friday through Sunday.
  • Florida Gateway College: Closed Friday through Sunday.
  • Florida Southwestern State College: Hendry Glades Curtis Center closed Thursday and Friday.
  • North Florida Community College: Closed Friday starting at 2:00pm.
  • Polk State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Santa Fe College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • County and state offices are closed Friday in the following counties:
  • Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • As of this afternoon, Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 3,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response, especially to assist with staffing shelters. This is over half of the available troops that may be activated.
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 3,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
  • The National Guard is moving helicopters from Duval County to Hernando County and receiving additional aircraft, including heavy lift Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, through the Emergency Mutual Aid Compact.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with evacuations.
  • FWC has 164 personnel ready to deploy. In addition, there are 96 vessels staged for search and rescue and pre/post storm rec. FWC also has nine aircrafts available for public safety patrol.
  • FHP has 49 personnel assisting with evacuations in affected areas. FHP also has more than 300 troopers on standby for deployment if needed. FHP is also using aircraft monitoring for public safety patrol and road condition assessments.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.
  • 30 Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (Department of Financial Services), Florida Fish and Wildlife Special Operations Group boat teams, and members of the Florida National Guard are staging outside of affected areas for deployment to perform search and rescue missions.
  • Three Urban Search and Rescue Task Force teams will be immediately available to assist with search and rescue based on the current track of the storm. More have been requested. Multiple specialized support teams with equipment are being staged to assist efforts.
  • State firefighting representative have worked with DOH to assist with tracking and patient movement if needed.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is working with healthcare facilities on potential evacuations and preparing for storm impacts.
  • DOH is also standing monitoring and supporting special needs shelter activations.
  • DOH has established daily calls with County Health Departments to ensure all needs are met.
  • DOH is preparing to assist with the activation of “Rx Open,” an online interactive map that provides information on the status of pharmacies for citizens and first responders.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • AHCA is supporting the emergency preparedness efforts for hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other health care facilities by monitoring evacuation efforts and needs, as well as working with providers to ensure patients are receiving any necessary care and medication.
  • The following hospitals have evacuated patients:
  • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
  • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
  • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
  • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
  • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge
  • Indian River Medical Center, Sebastian
  • Florida Hospital Flagler, Bunnell

DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

AIRPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following airports:
    • Tampa International Airport – Open
    • Orlando Sanford Airport – All Flights Cancelled
    • Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport – All Flights Cancelled
    • Orlando International Airport – All Flights Cancelled Beginning at 8:00PM
    • Jacksonville International Airport – Open with limited service
    • Daytona Beach International Airport – Open with limited service
    • Miami International – all flights cancelled

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The state has held teleconferences with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) districts and agency partners – Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, Civil Air Patrol and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.
  • FDOT halted construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways effective immediately in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Matthew. Contractors are being instructed to secure all equipment and open travel lanes by removing all unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have placed emergency crews on standby, and are continuing to test and inventory equipment and monitor flood prone areas. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions including activating traffic counters, providing local evacuation support and providing maintenance of traffic and other assistance.
  • FDOT is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to lock down Intracoastal Waterway bridges along the eastern Florida coast prior to sustained winds of 40 mph.
  • Tri-Rail is suspending service in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
  • Experiencing heavy congestion on the following roads:
  • I-10 WB pockets of congestion West of Jacksonville, West of Macclenny, and both sides of I-75 in Lake City (several mile long gaps of no congestion in that area). Motorists appear to be using US-90 from I-75 heading west and then getting back on I-10 at Exit 275 (US-90). 131 minute drive for that 45 mile stretch (I-10 WB: US-441 to SR-53).
  • Intermittent Congestion on I-10 WB from US-301 back to I-295 is much improved with a 21 minute travel time from I-295 out to US 301.
  • US 17 SB from NAS JAX headed towards I-295
  • I-75 NB and SB south of Ocala from CR 484 to US 27. A SB crash at MP 350 is contributing to the delays.
  • I-4 WB from the Celebration area into Polk County.
  • SR 44 WB in Deland.
  • SR 40 WB East of Ocala at CR 314
  • SR 417 (Central FL Greeneway) SB from MP 3 to I-4 – related to the I-4 WB congestion
  • SR 429 (Western Beltway) SB from MP 1 to I-4 – related to the I-4 WB congestion
  • SR 589 (Veterans Expy) NB from I-275/SR 60 to Hillsborough Ave (MP 0 to 3).  This is similar to typical PM peak hour recurring conditions.
  • Additional Major Road Closures/Updates
  • The Miami Tunnel remains closed.
  • Intracoastal bridges in Palm Beach County have been locked down. Drawbridges along the Miami River and the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami-Dade County have locked down. Lock-down of bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) began this morning. During lockdowns which the bridge spans are locked in the down position and will not open for marine traffic. This will not affect vehicular traffic crossing the bridges.
  • To ensure the safety of plaza workers, Florida’s Turnpike will begin the phased closure of at least seven Turnpike service plazas, beginning with the southernmost facilities Snapper Creek (Milepost 19) and Pompano Beach (Milepost 65). Others will close in succession moving north in advance of Hurricane Matthew. For a schedule of closures, click HERE.
  • More information on road and bridge closures can be found at fl511.com.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.

HUMAN SERVICES

Resources and Supplies

  • 150 truckloads of water are being prepositioned around the state and 63 truckloads of water are holding in the in State Logistics Response Center (SLRC). In total, this includes more than 302,000 gallons of water. The SLRC also has a trailer of meals, which includes more than 10,000 meal kits.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to the storm.

Volunteer Organizations

  • The state is establishing local points of contact with mass care organizations and volunteer agencies for potentially impacted counties.
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed. Thirty-nine AmeriCorps teams statewide are on call for anticipated response to Hurricane Matthew. Volunteer Florida grantee Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach deployed AmeriCorps to the Palm Beach County EOC and Special Needs Shelter. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are also available.
  • The state is assessing available housing for responders and volunteers.
    Volunteer Florida is identifying fixed kitchens from potentially impacted counties in anticipation of feeding needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas, with the Florida Baptist Convention to identify an in-kind warehouse space for multi-agency warehouse, and with Salvation Army and Red Cross for food distribution.
  • Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew. Please visit volunteerflorida.org/hurricane-matthew to register.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about the hurricane and preparedness measures.
  • All group homes and individuals in Supported Living have their own disaster plans.
  • Regional Residential Planning Coordinators are assessing all available open beds in group homes statewide in case they are needed during or after the storm. Supported Living Coaches are checking on their customers in independent living to ensure they are safe and prepared. If someone needs to go to a group home during the storm, APD will authorize Respite and pay for the service.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.
  • Group Home Provider Evacuations Include:
  • Southern Region: None at this time
  • Southeast Region: Morning Star Community Home Inc. (Palm Beach Gardens), Seagull Place ALF (Riviera Beach), MacTown 1st Avenue Group Home (Boyton Beach), MacTown Edmor Group Home (West Palm Beach), MacTown Redding Rd. (Boyton Beach)
  • Central Region: Albion (Palm Bay), Pediatric Pavilion (Orlando, FL), Highland Terrace (Titusville)
  • Northeast Region: Hibiscus Group Home (Jacksonville)

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • DOEA is coordinating with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to communicate with clients, including elders and individuals with disabilities, and assist with evacuation coordination or transportation to local special needs shelters.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and in preparation for the storm, extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.
  • Staff from DOEA’s CARES program is ready and available to serve at Special Needs Shelters in affected areas.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida: Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Broward County), Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home (Volusia County), Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home (St. Johns County)
  • All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days:
  • All Miami VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics, with the exception of Key West – Thursday and Friday
  • Miami Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
  • Fort Lauderdale Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
  • All West Palm Beach VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics – Thursday and Friday
  • West Palm Beach VA Medical Center elective surgeries or procedures – Thursday Friday
  • Palm Beach (Freenacres) Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
  • Melbourne Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
  • Jupiter Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
  • Pompano Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
  • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Thursday – Saturday
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic – Thursday – Saturday
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) – Thursday – Saturday
    • Orange City VA Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Orlando VM Medical Center elective surgeries or procedures – Thursday and Friday
    • Lake Baldwin Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Clermont Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Tavares Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Kissimmee Clinic – Noon Thursday and Friday
    • Daytona Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Augustine Clinic –  Thursday – Friday
    • Jacksonville (all locations) – Thursday – Friday
    • Mary’s (GA) Clinic – Thursday – Friday
    • Palatka Clinic – Thursday – Friday
    • The Villages Clinic – Friday
    • Ocala Clinic – Friday
    • Lecanto Clinic – Friday
    • Jacksonville Vet Center – Thursday and Friday
    • Lake City VAMC and Gainesville VAMC Outpatient Clinic- Appointments cancelled Friday

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
  • The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • The state is planning for post-impact outreach to major retailers to identify open status of stores, major challenges to reopening and potential timelines.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed and is working with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb is expanding activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
  • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 12th

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services’ Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure following the storm. The state is also monitoring fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.
  • The division is coordinating staging areas for telecommunications mobile vehicles and additional wireless equipment for emergency response efforts.
  • The division is coordinating communications status reports of outages, affects or unmet needs with telecommunications industry.
  • Telecommunications partners are reviewing fuel contracts, topping off generators and assuring back-up power assets are ready.

SEAPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports:
    • Duval – JAXPORT (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Nassau – Port of Fernandina (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Broward – Port Everglades (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Palm Beach – Port of Palm Beach (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Saint Lucie – Port of Ft. Pierce (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Brevard – Port Canaveral (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Miami-Dade – Port Miami (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Monroe – Port of Key West (*Seaport Access Restricted: Closed North of Seven Mile Bridge)
    • Pinellas – Port St. Petersburg (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Hillsborough – Port Tampa (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Manatee – Port Manatee (*Seaport Access Restricted)

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • Brigadier General David Turner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is currently at the State EOC.
  • A pre-storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike has been completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A post storm inspection will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.90 feet.
  • Discharges to the east of the Lake are currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.
  • Jacksonville District staff also began the drawdown of water levels in the St. Lucie Canal in accordance with standard pre-storm procedures.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system and critical flood control structures.
  • Inspecting canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Inspecting heavy equipment.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.
  • Securing items vulnerable to high wind at pump stations and laydown yards in Homestead, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection completed all pre-storm beach erosion surveys.
  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • DEP’s Florida Park Service hosting U.S. Coast Guard vessels at select facilities along the East Coast of Florida, to allow them to respond quickly to the areas most affected by the storm, relocating displaced campers and evacuees to non-impacted parks in Northwest Florida, preparing overnight accommodations for volunteer support workers, preparing strike teams to move into affected areas once the storm is passed, and have fully executed emergency action plans are currently active in all parks.
  • More than 90 state parks and campgrounds are closed. To view the full list, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

 

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

10/06/16 - Gov. Scott: Over Half Of The National Guard Activated; Additional Requests To President

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationFollowing the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Matthew, Governor Scott has activated an additional 1,000 National Guard members. 3,500 members have now been activated.  This is over half of the available troops that may be activated.  Governor Scott has continued to activate more members to help with important life-saving operations, including evacuations and preparing for search and rescue missions.  Governor Scott is requesting President Obama to send additional federal resources to Florida, including generators and pumps, that the state can preposition to help impacted areas.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Protecting lives remains our number one priority and that is why I have now activated over half of the National Guard who will play a big role in important life-saving missions. I have directed them to focus on prepositioning resources, assist with helping people evacuate safely and our sheltering operations.  In the immediate aftermath of the storm, they will be involved in recovery efforts including search and rescue missions.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also has high-water vehicles prepositioned across the state to help with these efforts.

“While the federal government has just approved our request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for food, water and tarps, I am asking the President for additional generators and pumps to help with power outages and flooding once the storm hits. Following the most recent weather briefing from the National Hurricane Center, we can expect to have a lot of flooding, especially in Northeast Florida, and we will need additional pumping equipment from the federal government.”

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott: Over Half Of The National Guard Activated; Additional Requests To President

10/06/16 - Gov. Scott: Time Is Up, Evacuate

Hurricane Matthew Prepare Information

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he is activating an additional 1,000 National Guard members to help with Hurricane Matthew response and recovery efforts.  There are 2,500 members now activated.  There are over 4,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.  Around 1.5 million Floridians are currently under evacuation orders.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Time is up.  You have to evacuate now if you are in an evacuation zone.  To everyone on Florida’s east coast, if you are reluctant to evacuate, just think of all the people the Hurricane has already killed.  You and your family could be among these numbers if you don’t take this seriously.
“I have activated another 1,000 members of the National Guard.  Per my direction, there are over 2,500 National Guard members who are helping with evacuations and sheltering, and are positioned to help with response as soon as the storm hits.  We are adding more troops due to the severity and magnitude of this storm.
“Based on the current forecast, the heights of storm surge will be above ground.  Waves will be crashing on roofs. Homes will be destroyed. This is deadly.  We have suspended tolls, doubled the amount of shelters and are making sure we keep the roads as clear as possible.  There is absolutely no reason not to leave.  If you chose to stay and try to ride the storm out, your life is at risk.”

CURRENT EVACUATIONS

  • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
  • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, substandard housing, flood prone areas, and those living in high rises close to the Intracoastal Waterway. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
  • Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.  Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.

Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott: Time Is Up, Evacuate

10/06/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationToday, Governor Rick Scott met with emergency management officials in Tallahassee and Stuart, and is continuing to travel the state to meet with emergency management officials and National Guardsmen as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category three storm. Florida remains under both tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings. Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state and local leaders, utility companies, sheriffs, and volunteer organizations who are working to ensure the state is prepared for the storm.

EVACUATIONS

  • More than 1.5 million Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.
  • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
  • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, substandard housing, flood prone areas, and those living in high rises close to the Intracoastal Waterway. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
  • Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.  Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.

Floridians and visitors can go to FloridaEvacuates.com or download the Florida-Evacuates app to enter their location and see shelters available in their area.

SHELTERS

  • As of 6:00 AM this morning, more than 3,000 people were in more than 60 open shelters throughout Florida. The amount of available shelters is expected to more than double today. Currently Open Shelters:
  • Atlantic High School: Delray Beach, FL
  • Anderson Middle School (Special Needs): Stuart, FL
  • Arthur Ashe Middle School: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Bayside High School: Palm Bay, FL
  • Booker T. Washington Senior Center: City of Miami, FL
  • Boyton Beach High School: Boyton Beach, FL
  • Boynton Beach Community High School: Boynton Beach, FL
  • Bryceville Elementary School: Callahan, FL
  • Callahan Intermediate Bldg.: Callahan, FL
  • Coral Glades High School: Coral Springs, FL
  • Darwin Fuchs Pavilion (Pet Friendly): Miami, FL
  • Everglades High School: Miramar, FL
  • Falcon Cove Middle School: Weston, FL
  • Forest Hill High School: West Palm Beach, FL
  • Fox Trail Elementary School: Davie, FL
  • Pierce Central: Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Havert L. Fenn Center (Special Needs): West Palm Beach, FL
  • Hidden Oaks Middle School: Palm City, FL
  • Hillard Elementary School: Hillard, FL
  • Hillard Middle/High School: Hillard, FL
  • Imperial Estates Elementary School: Titusville, FL
  • Indian Ridge Middle School (Special Needs): Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Jensen Beach High School: Jensen Beach, FL
  • John Ferguson High School (Special Needs): Miami, FL
  • Keystone Heights High School: Jacksonville, FL
  • Kindred Hospital (Special Needs): Melbourne, FL
  • Lake Asbury Junior High School (Special Needs): Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Lake Shore Middle School: Belle Glade, FL
  • Lakewood Park Elementary School: St. Lucie, FL
  • Landmark Middle School (Special Needs): Jacksonville, FL
  • Lyons Creek Middle School: Coconut Creek, FL
  • Manatee Elementary School: Melbourne, FL
  • Mandarin Middle School Middle/High School: Jacksonville, FL
  • Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School: Melbourne, FL
  • Michael M. Krop Senior Center: North Miami-Dade, FL
  • Millennium Middle School (Pet Friendly): Tamarac, FL
  • Mims Elementary: Mims, FL
  • New Renaissance Middle School: Miramar, FL
  • Oak Park Elementary (Special Need): Titusville, FL
  • Orange Park High School: Orange Park, FL
  • Pahokee Middle High School: Pahokee, FL
  • Palm Beach Central High School: West Palm Beach, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens High School: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Park Vista Community High School: Boynton Beach, FL
  • Parrish Med Hospital (Special Needs): Melbourne, FL
  • Port Salerno Elementary School: Palm City, FL
  • Port St John Community Center: Cocoa, FL
  • Quest Elementary (Special Needs), Melbourne, FL
  • Ralph Williams Elementary (Special Needs): Melbourne, FL
  • Robert Morgan Senior Center: Miami, FL
  • Rock Island Elementary: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Samuel Gaines Elementary: Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Sherwood Elementary: Melbourne, FL
  • South Florida Fairgrounds (Special Needs): West Palm Beach, FL
  • South Mainland Community Center: Sebastian, FL
  • Starke Elementary: Starke, FL
  • Sunrise Elementary (Special Needs): Palm Bay, FL
  • Sunset School (Special Needs): Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Treasure Coast High School: St. Lucie, FL
  • Viera Regional Park Community Center: Melbourne, FL
  • Walter Butler Community Center/Bernice G. Jackson Park, FL
  • Warfield Elementary School: Indiantown, FL
  • West Boynton Recreation Center (Pet Friendly): Lake Worth, FL
  • West Glades School Bldg 300 (Special Needs): Labelle, FL
  • Coastal counties are working on opening additional shelters this morning, including shelters for people with special needs, pets and general populations. A list of all open shelters will be available at http://floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm
  • The state is working with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.
  • The state has a 110,000 meal capacity a day, which can be delivered using 24 Emergency Response Vehicles, 31 canteens, and mobile trailers

POWER

  • There are currently no power outages in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew.
  • Utilities have been put on notice to be prepared to quickly report outage and restoral information once applicable. The outage reporting is expected to begin today.
  • Power companies have pre-positioned personnel such linemen, transmission, substation and vegetation staff to assist with potential power outages. This includes staff members from Duke Energy, Florida Public Utilities, TECO Energy Company, and electric co-ops.
  • Utilities are contacting their mutual aid partners to determine availability if external resources are needed to restore services.
  • The state is monitoring the power grid for sufficient power in the state and the natural gas infrastructure for any damages that can cause a loss of service to power plants.
  • Governor Scott has spoken with utilities across the state to ensure utilities are pre-positioned and there are no unmet needs.

FUEL

  • The state is monitoring for supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues, specifically for isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida.
  • The state will continue to monitor fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for at least 6 days, even if all ports close.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • District school closures include:
  • Alachua County – Closed Friday
  • Brevard County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Broward County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Bradford County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Clay County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Dade County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Duval County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Flagler County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Glades County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Hardee County – Closed Thursday and Friday
  • Hendry County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Highlands County –  Closed Friday.
  • Indian River County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Martin County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Marion County – Closed Friday.
  • Monroe County –  Partially Closed Thursday.
  • Nassau County –  Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Okeechobee County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Orange County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Osceola County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Palm Beach County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Polk County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Putnam County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Johns County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Seminole County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lucie County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closing early tomorrow and closed Friday.
  • Union County – Closed on Friday.
  • Volusia County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closing early Thursday. Closed Friday.
  • FAU Lab school – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida School for Deaf and Blind – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Universities/ college closures include:
  • University of North Florida: Closed Thursday through Saturday.
  • Embry Riddle University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida Atlantic University: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida International University: Closed Thursday through Friday.
  • Florida A&M University satellite campuses (in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa): Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Nova Southeastern University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Central Florida: Closed Thursday through Saturday.
  • Broward College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Daytona State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Eastern Florida State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake-Sumter State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Indian River State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Miami Dade College: Closed Thursday through Friday.
  • Palm Beach State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Seminole State College of Florida: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Johns River State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Valencia College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Broward College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • South Florida State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Florida: Closed Friday.
  • Florida Keys Community College Middle Keys and Upper Keys Center: Closed Thursday

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • County and state offices are closed Thursday and Friday in the following counties:
    • Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • As of this morning, Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 2,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response, especially to assist with staffing shelters.
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 4,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
  • The National Guard is moving helicopters from Duval County to Hernando County and receiving additional aircraft, including heavy lift Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, through the Emergency Mutual Aid Compact.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies have identified resources for deployment to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with evacuations.
  • FWC has 164 personnel ready to deploy. In addition, there are 96 vessels staged for search and rescue and pre/post storm rec. FWC also has nine aircrafts available for public safety patrol.
  • FHP has 49 personnel assisting with evacuations in affected areas. FHP also has more than 300 troopers on standby for deployment if needed. FHP is also using aircraft monitoring for public safety patrol and road condition assessments.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.
  • 30 Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (Department of Financial Services), Florida Fish and Wildlife Special Operations Group boat teams, and members of the Florida National Guard are staging outside of affected areas for deployment to perform search and rescue missions.
  • Three Urban Search and Rescue Task Force teams will be immediately available to assist with search and rescue based on the current track of the storm. More have been requested. Multiple specialized support teams with equipment are being staged to assist efforts.
  • State firefighting representative have worked with DOH to assist with tracking and patient movement if needed.
  • Consulting with federal partners to identify any assets that may be needed as state assets become committed during response activities.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is working with healthcare facilities on potential evacuations and preparing for storm impacts.
  • DOH is also standing monitoring and supporting special needs shelter activations.
  • DOH has established daily calls with County Health Departments to ensure all needs are met.
  • DOH is preparing to activate “Rx Open,” an online interactive map that provides information on the status of pharmacies for citizens and first responders.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • AHCA is supporting the emergency preparedness efforts for hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other health care facilities by monitoring evacuation efforts and needs, as well as working with providers to ensure patients are receiving any necessary care and medication.
  • The following hospitals are evacuating patients:
  • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
  • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
  • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
  • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
  • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge, FL

DOH will be updating hospital evacuation information at FLHealth.gov

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The state has held teleconferences with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) districts and agency partners – Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, Civil Air Patrol and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.
  • FDOT halted construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways effective immediately in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Matthew. Contractors are being instructed to secure all equipment and open travel lanes by removing all unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have placed emergency crews on standby, and are continuing to test and inventory equipment and monitor flood prone areas. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions including activating traffic counters, providing local evacuation support and providing maintenance of traffic and other assistance.
  • FDOT is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to lock down Intracoastal Waterway bridges along the eastern Florida coast prior to sustained winds of 40 mph. Intracoastal bridges in Palm Beach County will be locked down by 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The Miami Tunnel remains closed. Tri-Rail is suspending service in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Drawbridges along the Miami River and the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami-Dade County have locked down, during which the bridge spans are locked in the down position and will not open for marine traffic.  This will not affect vehicular traffic crossing the bridges. Lock-down of bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) will began this morning.
  • Additional road and bridge closure information can be found at www.fl511.com.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.
  • The Florida Turnpike Enterprise has ensured service plazas along the Florida Turnpike have Road Rangers and fuel. Additional fuel, Road Rangers and resources such as variable message boards to guide evacuees are on standby.
  • Army Corps of Engineers and Water Management Districts are monitoring waterways and are prepared to adjust flows as necessary.
  • FDOT is monitoring live traffic counters in South Florida, Central Florida, and along the East Coast of Florida.

HUMAN SERVICES

Resources and Supplies

  • 150 truckloads of water are being prepositioned around the state and 63 truckloads of water are holding in the in State Logistics Response Center (SLRC). In total, this includes more than 302,000 gallons of water. The SLRC also has a trailer of meals, which includes more than 10,000 meal kits.
  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and DEM Logistics are running projection models for human-service’s needs (food and sheltering) based on major hurricane impacts to Miami Dade County to Duval County, and Seminole County to Nassau County.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management continues to provide office space for FEMA in Tallahassee and space in Orlando to assist in response efforts.
  • The Division of Real Estate Development and Management EOC has transferred to Orlando to coordinate the logistics staging area for equipment in response to

Volunteer Organizations

  • The state is establishing local points of contact with mass care organizations and volunteer agencies for potentially impacted counties.
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed. Thirty-nine AmeriCorps teams statewide are on call for anticipated response to Hurricane Matthew. Volunteer Florida grantee Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach deployed AmeriCorps to the Palm Beach County EOC and Special Needs Shelter. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are also available.
  • The state is assessing available housing for responders and volunteers.
    Volunteer Florida is identifying fixed kitchens from potentially impacted counties in anticipation of feeding needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas, with the Florida Baptist Convention to identify an in-kind warehouse space for multi-agency warehouse, and with Salvation Army and Red Cross for food distribution

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about the hurricane and preparedness measures.
  • All group homes and individuals in Supported Living have their own disaster plans.
  • Regional Residential Planning Coordinators are assessing all available open beds in group homes statewide in case they are needed during or after the storm. Supported Living Coaches are checking on their customers in independent living to ensure they are safe and prepared. If someone needs to go to a group home during the storm, APD will authorize Respite and pay for the service.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.

Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

  • DOEA is coordinating with Area Agencies on Aging across the state to communicate with clients, including elders and individuals with disabilities, and assist with evacuation coordination or transportation to local special needs shelters.
  • Meals continue to be served to homebound clients, and in preparation for the storm, extra frozen and shelf-stable meals have also been provided.
  • Staff from DOEA’s CARES program is ready and available to serve at Special Needs Shelters in affected areas.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans’ nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida.
  • All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days:
  • All Miami VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics, with the exception of Key West – Thursday and Friday
  • All West Palm Beach VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics – Thursday and Friday
  • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Thursday – Saturday
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic – Thursday – Saturday
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) – Thursday – Saturday
    • Orange City VA Clinic – Friday
    • Augustine Clinic –  Thursday – Friday
    • Jacksonville (all locations) – Thursday – Friday
    • Mary’s (GA) Clinic – Thursday – Friday
    • Palatka Clinic – Thursday – Friday.

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

HOTELS/ LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS

  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed and is working with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA and Expedia have partnered to identify cities and hotels which are further away from the projected storm path and have availability. Please visit www.expedia.com/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb is expanding activation of the Disaster Response Tool beyond coastal South Carolina to include portions of Florida. Please visit https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/florida to find available lodging.
  • Airbnb is asking hosts to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help house the growing number of evacuees.
  • Local residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew will be able to secure emergency accommodations through the tool free of charge from now through October 11th.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services’ Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working to increase the DEM bandwidth to provide consistent communication services for the state emergency response team.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure following the storm. The state is also monitoring fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.
  • The division is coordinating staging areas for telecommunications mobile vehicles and additional wireless equipment for emergency response efforts.

SEAPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports and all are still open:
    • Duval – JAXPORT (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Nassau – Port of Fernandina (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Broward – Port Everglades (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Palm Beach – Port of Palm Beach (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Saint Lucie – Port of Ft. Pierce (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Brevard – Port Canaveral (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Miami-Dade – Port Miami (*Seaport Access Closed)
    • Monroe – Port of Key West (*Seaport Access Restricted: Closed North of Seven Mile Bridge)
    • Pinellas – Port St. Petersburg (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Hillsborough – Port Tampa (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Manatee – Port Manatee (*Seaport Access Restricted)

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • A pre-storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike has been completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A post storm inspection will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.90 feet.
  • Discharges to the east of the Lake are currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (SFWMD) (Carla)

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system and critical flood control structures.
  • Inspecting canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Inspecting heavy equipment.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.
  • Securing items vulnerable to high wind at pump stations and laydown yards in Homestead, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection completed all pre-storm beach erosion surveys.
  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • More than 50 state parks and campgrounds are closed. To view the full list, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

 

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

10/05/16 - Gov. Scott Requests Emergency Declaration From President; Suspends Tolls; Calls Up More National Guard Members

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationTonight, Governor Scott was briefed by the National Hurricane Center and spoke to all 67 Florida counties on their evacuation plans and any critical needs. Based on the recent forecast of Hurricane Matthew’s eye shifting more toward Florida, Governor Scott has:

  • Requested President Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida as a result of Hurricane Matthew. This request includes resources from the federal government such as food, water and tarps (To view the Governor’s request, click HERE).
  • Activated another 1,000 National Guard Members. 1,500 members are currently activated and positioned between North, Central and South Florida; and
  • Suspended all tolls in the affected areas of the state. This includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. This expands Governor Scott’s direction from this morning that included suspension of tolls in counties with evacuation orders.

Governor Scott said, “Based on the most recent forecast I received from the National Hurricane Center, the eye of Hurricane Matthew is going to be much closer to Florida. There are hurricane watches and warnings along Florida’s entire east coast and we now have Tropical Storm warnings on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This storm is serious and protecting life remains our number one priority.

“I just submitted a request to President Obama for an Emergency Declaration for the state of Florida in 26 counties, as well as Direct Federal Assistance in order to meet pre-landfall critical emergency needs of our communities. It is critical that President Obama quickly approves this request.

“I also just directed the Florida National Guard to activate an additional 1,000 members to support Hurricane Matthew response. 1,500 members of the National Guard have now been activated. Florida has more than 5,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed. I am also directing the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state to keep traffic flowing as residents continue to evacuate.

“Storm impacts will begin tomorrow morning in our state. There is still time to evacuate. Get out now if you are in an area with evacuations. If you make a decision not to leave before the storm, we cannot send someone to save you because you made a bad decision. Don’t wait until you lose power. You need to leave before it is too late.”

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • North of Golden Beach to the Flagler/Volusia County line
  • Lake Okeechobee

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • North of the Flagler/Volusia county line to Savannah River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Chokoloskee in Collier County to Golden Beach
  • Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward
  • Florida Bay

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Chokoloskee in Collier County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County

The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Matthew is a major Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. Matthew is currently moving Northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Based on the current forecast, the state’s entire east coast from Monroe to Nassau County will experience tropical storm or hurricane force winds, beach erosion, rip currents and heavy rain. On Monday, Governor Scott signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state are readily available.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Requests Emergency Declaration From President; Suspends Tolls; Calls Up More National Guard Members

10/05/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationToday, Governor Rick Scott met with emergency management officials in Tallahassee, Ft. Pierce, Rockledge and Jacksonville as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category three storm. Florida remains under both tropical storm and hurricane watches. Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state and local leaders, utility companies, sheriffs, and volunteer organizations who are working to ensure the state is prepared for the storm.

EVACUATIONS

More than 1.5 million Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.

  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.  Mandatory evacuations are beginning today.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations for mobile homes and low lying areas have begun.
  • St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am tomorrow for barrier islands and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have started for Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach
  • Brevard County: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands at 3 pm today.
  • St. Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.  Mandatory evacuations will begin tomorrow.
  • Flagler County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.
  • Indian River: Voluntary evacuations have started for barrier islands.  Mandatory evacuations begin tomorrow at 8 am for barrier islands, mobile and manufactured homes and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Sewall's Point, Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations are in effect for mobile homes.
  • Nassau County: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am tomorrow for beaches and coastal areas.
  • Volusia County: Voluntary evacuations of barrier islands today.  Mandatory evacuations begin tomorrow morning.

SHELTERS

  • Currently Open Shelters:
    • Atlantic High School: Delray Beach, FL
    • Boynton Beach Community High School: Boynton Beach, FL
    • Lake Shore Middle School: Belle Glade, FL
    • Forest Hill High School: West Palm Beach, FL
    • West Boynton Recreation Center (Pet Friendly): Lake Worth, FL
    • Lyons Creek Middle School: Coconut Creek, FL
    • Coral Glades High School: Coral Springs, FL
    • Fox Trail Elementary School: Davie, FL
    • Rock Island Elementary/ Arthur Ashe Middle School: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Everglades High School: Miramar, FL
    • New Renaissance Middle School: Miramar, FL
    • Millennium Middle School (Pet Friendly): Tamarac, FL
    • Falcon Cove Middle School: Weston, FL
    • Michael M. Krop Senior Center: North Miami-Dade, FL
    • Booker T. Washington Senior Center: City of Miami, FL
    • Robert Morgan Senior Center: Miami, FL
    • Darwin Fuchs Pavilion (Pet Friendly): Miami, FL
  • Coastal counties are working on opening additional shelters tonight and tomorrow morning, including shelters for people with special needs, pets and general populations. A list of all open shelters will be available at http://floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm
  • The state is working with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.
  • The state has a 110,000 meal capacity a day, which can be delivered using 24 Emergency Response Vehicles, 31 canteens, and mobile trailers

POWER

  • There are currently no power outages in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew.
  • Utilities have been put on notice to be prepared to quickly report outage and restoral information once applicable. The outage reporting is expected to begin Thursday morning.
  • Utilities are contacting their mutual aid partners to determine availability if external resources are needed to restore services.
  • The state is monitoring the power grid for sufficient power in the state and the natural gas infrastructure for any damages that can cause a loss of service to power plants.
  • Governor Scott spoke with utilities across the state yesterday to ensure utilities are pre-positioned and there are no unmet needs.

FUEL

  • There are no current supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues. The state is monitoring for any isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida.
  • The state will continue to monitor fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for at least 8 days, even if all ports close.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.
  • District school closures include:
  • Brevard County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Broward County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Bradford County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Clay County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Dade County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Duval County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Flagler County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Glades County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Hendry County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Highlands County –  Closed Friday.
  • Indian River County – Closing early today. Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Martin County – Closing early today. Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Marion County – Closed Friday.
  • Monroe County –  Partially Closed Thursday.
  • Nassau County –  Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Okeechobee County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Orange County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Osceola County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Palm Beach County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Polk County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Putnam County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Johns County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Seminole County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lucie County – Closing early today. Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closing early tomorrow and closed Friday.
  • Union County – Closed on Friday.
  • Volusia County Schools – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closing early Thursday. Closed Friday.
  • FAU Lab school – Closed early today and is closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida School for Deaf and Blind – Closed today, Thursday and Friday.
  • Universities/ college closures include:
  • University of North Florida: Closed this afternoon, Thursday through Saturday.
  • Embry Riddle University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida Atlantic University: Closed this afternoon, Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida International University: Closed Wednesday at 5:00 through Friday.
  • Florida A&M University satellite campuses (in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa): Closed today through Sunday.
  • Nova Southeastern University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Central Florida: Closed Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. through Saturday.
  • Broward College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Daytona State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Eastern Florida State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake-Sumter State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Indian River State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Miami Dade College: Closed today through Friday.
  • Palm Beach State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Seminole State College of Florida: Closed Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Johns River State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Valencia College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Broward College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • South Florida State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Florida: Closed Friday.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

  • County and state offices are closed Thursday and Friday in the following counties:
    • Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • As of today, Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 1,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response.
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 5,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
  • The National Guard will be focused on staging to perform search and rescue efforts as well as providing reconnaissance teams, equipment such as high wheeled vehicles security, and staffing and planning support to assist counties as needed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies are identifying resources for deployment if necessary to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with evacuations.
  • FWC has two advance reconnaissance teams actively deploying from Ocala with equipment to move debris from water access points in order to assist search and rescue missions. Additionally, FWC's teams will be partnered with 164 field personnel that are on standby to provide humanitarian aid when needed.
  • FHP has made contact with local troops in preparation for supporting evacuations in the major corridors, from south to north and east to west. FHP has also placed all troops on alert and has ten 33-member quick response force teams, for a total of 330 troopers on standby for deployment.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.
  • 60 Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (Department of Financial Services), Florida Fish and Wildlife Special Operations Group boat teams, and members of the Florida National Guard are staging at Florida State Fire College in Ocala tomorrow in preparation for deployment to perform search and rescue missions.
  • Five Urban Search and Rescue Task Force teams will be available to assist with search and rescue based on the current track of the storm.
  • State firefighting representative are working with DOH to assist with tracking and patient movement if needed.
  • Consulting with federal partners to identify any assets that may be needed as state assets become committed during response activities.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is working with healthcare facilities on potential evacuations and preparing for storm impacts.
  • DOH is also standing by to monitor and support special needs shelter activations.
  • DOH has established daily calls with County Health Departments to ensure all needs are met.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • AHCA is supporting the emergency preparedness efforts for hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other health care facilities by monitoring evacuation efforts and needs, as well as working with providers to ensure patients are receiving any necessary care and medication.
  • The following hospitals are evacuating patients:
  • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
  • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
  • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
  • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
  • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge, FL

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.
  • This expands the Governor's direction from this morning that included suspension of tolls in counties with evacuation orders.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The state has held teleconferences with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) districts and agency partners – Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, Civil Air Patrol and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.
  • FDOT halted construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways effective immediately in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Matthew. Contractors are being instructed to secure all equipment and open travel lanes by removing all unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have placed emergency crews on standby, and are continuing to test and inventory equipment and monitor flood prone areas. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions including activating traffic counters, providing local evacuation support and providing maintenance of traffic and other assistance.
  • FDOT is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to lock down Intracoastal Waterway bridges along the eastern Florida coast prior to sustained winds of 40 mph. Intracoastal bridges in Palm Beach County will be locked down by 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The Miami Tunnel closed at 1:00 p.m. today. Tri-Rail is suspending service in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Drawbridges along the Miami River and the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami-Dade County will be locked down beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.  During lock-down, the bridge spans are locked in the down position and will not open for marine traffic.  This will not affect vehicular traffic crossing the bridges. Lock-down of bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) will begin at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
  • Additional road and bridge closure information can be found at www.fl511.com.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found here.
  • The Florida Turnpike Enterprise has ensured service plazas along the Florida Turnpike have Road Rangers and fuel. Additional fuel, Road Rangers and resources such as variable message boards to guide evacuees are on standby.
  • Army Corps of Engineers and Water Management Districts are monitoring waterways and are prepared to adjust flows as necessary.
  • FDOT is monitoring live traffic counters in South Florida, Central Florida, and along the East Coast of Florida.

HUMAN SERVICES
Resources and Supplies

  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and DEM Logistics are running projection models for human-service's needs (food and sheltering) based on major hurricane impacts to Miami Dade County to Duval County, and Seminole County to Nassau County.
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is inventorying school food supplies in schools and state warehouses.
  • The state is contacting potential vendors for quotes on baby needs and other items.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments

Volunteer Organizations

  • The state is establishing local points of contact with mass care organizations and volunteer agencies for potentially impacted counties.
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed. Thirty-nine AmeriCorps teams statewide are on call for anticipated response to Hurricane Matthew. Volunteer Florida grantee Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach is deploying AmeriCorps today to the Palm Beach County EOC and Special Needs Shelter. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are also available.
  • The state is assessing available housing for responders and volunteers.
    Volunteer Florida is identifying fixed kitchens from potentially impacted counties in anticipation of feeding needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas, with the Florida Baptist Convention to identify an in-kind warehouse space for multi-agency warehouse, and with Salvation Army and Red Cross for food distribution

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about the hurricane and preparedness measures.
  • All group homes and individuals in Supported Living have their own disaster plans.
  • Regional Residential Planning Coordinators are assessing all available open beds in group homes statewide in case they are needed during or after the storm. Supported Living Coaches are checking on their customers in independent living to ensure they are safe and prepared. If someone needs to go to a group home during the storm, APD will authorize Respite and pay for the service.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans' nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida.
  • All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days:
  • All Miami VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics, with the exception of Key West – Thursday and Friday
  • All West Palm Beach VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics – Thursday and Friday
  • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Thursday – Saturday
    • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic – Thursday – Saturday
    • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) – Thursday – Saturday
    • Orange City VA Clinic – Friday
    • Augustine Clinic –  Thursday – Friday
    • Jacksonville (all locations) – Thursday – Friday
    • Mary's (GA) Clinic – Thursday – Friday
    • Palatka Clinic – Thursday – Friday

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed if major evacuations are ordered.
  • VISIT FLORIDA will also work with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services' Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working to increase the DEM bandwidth to provide consistent communication services for the state emergency response team.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure following the storm. The state is also monitoring fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.

SEAPORTS

  • The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports and all are still open:
    • Duval – JAXPORT (*Seaport Access Closed at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow)
    • Nassau – Port of Fernandina (*Seaport Access Closed at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow)
    • Broward – Port Everglades (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Palm Beach – Port of Palm Beach (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Saint Lucie – Port of Ft. Pierce (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Brevard – Port Canaveral (*Seaport Access Closed 6:00 p.m. today)
    • Miami-Dade – Port Miami (*Seaport Access Restricted)
    • Monroe – Port of Key West

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • A pre-storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike has been completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A post storm inspection will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.86 feet.
  • Discharges from the Lake is currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents.  Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (SFWMD)

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system and critical flood control structures.
  • Inspecting canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Inspecting heavy equipment.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.
  • Securing items vulnerable to high wind at pump stations and laydown yards in Homestead, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection completed all pre-storm beach erosion surveys.
  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • To view the list of closed state parks and campgrounds, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

10/05/16 - Gov. Scott Requests Emergency Declaration From President; Suspends Tolls; Calls Up More National Guard Members

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationTonight, Governor Scott was briefed by the National Hurricane Center and spoke to all 67 Florida counties on their evacuation plans and any critical needs. Based on the recent forecast of Hurricane Matthew’s eye shifting more toward Florida, Governor Scott has:

  • Requested President Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida as a result of Hurricane Matthew. This request includes resources from the federal government such as food, water and tarps (To view the Governor’s request, click HERE).
  • Activated another 1,000 National Guard Members. 1,500 members are currently activated and positioned between North, Central and South Florida; and
  • Suspended all tolls in the affected areas of the state. This includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. This expands Governor Scott’s direction from this morning that included suspension of tolls in counties with evacuation orders.

Governor Scott said, “Based on the most recent forecast I received from the National Hurricane Center, the eye of Hurricane Matthew is going to be much closer to Florida. There are hurricane watches and warnings along Florida’s entire east coast and we now have Tropical Storm warnings on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This storm is serious and protecting life remains our number one priority.

“I just submitted a request to President Obama for an Emergency Declaration for the state of Florida in 26 counties, as well as Direct Federal Assistance in order to meet pre-landfall critical emergency needs of our communities. It is critical that President Obama quickly approves this request.

“I also just directed the Florida National Guard to activate an additional 1,000 members to support Hurricane Matthew response. 1,500 members of the National Guard have now been activated. Florida has more than 5,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed. I am also directing the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state to keep traffic flowing as residents continue to evacuate.

“Storm impacts will begin tomorrow morning in our state. There is still time to evacuate. Get out now if you are in an area with evacuations. If you make a decision not to leave before the storm, we cannot send someone to save you because you made a bad decision. Don’t wait until you lose power. You need to leave before it is too late.”

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • North of Golden Beach to the Flagler/Volusia County line
  • Lake Okeechobee

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • North of the Flagler/Volusia county line to Savannah River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Chokoloskee in Collier County to Golden Beach
  • Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward
  • Florida Bay

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Chokoloskee in Collier County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County

The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Matthew is a major Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. Matthew is currently moving Northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Based on the current forecast, the state’s entire east coast from Monroe to Nassau County will experience tropical storm or hurricane force winds, beach erosion, rip currents and heavy rain. On Monday, Governor Scott signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state are readily available.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Requests Emergency Declaration From President; Suspends Tolls; Calls Up More National Guard Members

10/05/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationToday, Governor Rick Scott met with emergency management officials in Tallahassee, Ft. Pierce, Rockledge and Jacksonville as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category three storm. Florida remains under both tropical storm and hurricane watches. Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state and local leaders, utility companies, sheriffs, and volunteer organizations who are working to ensure the state is prepared for the storm.

EVACUATIONS
More than 1.5 million Floridians are currently in evacuation zones.

  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.  Mandatory evacuations are beginning today.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations for mobile homes and low lying areas have begun.
  • St. Johns County: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am tomorrow for barrier islands and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have started for Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach
  • Brevard County: Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands at 3 pm today.
  • St. Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.  Mandatory evacuations will begin tomorrow.
  • Flagler County: Voluntary evacuations have already started.
  • Indian River: Voluntary evacuations have started for barrier islands.  Mandatory evacuations begin tomorrow at 8 am for barrier islands, mobile and manufactured homes and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Sewall's Point, Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations are in effect for mobile homes.
  • Nassau County: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am tomorrow for beaches and coastal areas.
  • Volusia County: Voluntary evacuations of barrier islands today.  Mandatory evacuations begin tomorrow morning.

SHELTER

Currently Open Shelters:

  • Atlantic High School: Delray Beach, FL  
  • Boynton Beach Community High School: Boynton Beach, FL
  • Lake Shore Middle School: Belle Glade, FL
  • Forest Hill High School: West Palm Beach, FL
  • West Boynton Recreation Center (Pet Friendly): Lake Worth, FL
  • ?Lyons Creek Middle School: Coconut Creek, FL 
  • Coral Glades High School: Coral Springs, FL
  • ?Fox Trail Elementary School: Davie, FL 
  • ?Rock Island Elementary/ Arthur Ashe Middle School: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • ?Everglades High School: Miramar, FL
  • New Renaissance Middle School: Miramar, FL
  • Millennium Middle School (Pet Friendly): Tamarac, FL 
  • ?Falcon Cove Middle School: Weston, FL
  • Michael M. Krop Senior Center: North Miami-Dade, FL
  • Booker T. Washington Senior Center: City of Miami, FL
  • Robert Morgan Senior Center: Miami, FL
  • Darwin Fuchs Pavilion (Pet Friendly): Miami, FL

Coastal counties are working on opening additional shelters tonight and tomorrow morning, including shelters for people with special needs, pets and general populations. A list of all open shelters will be available at http://floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm

The state is working with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.

The state has a 110,000 meal capacity a day, which can be delivered using 24 Emergency Response Vehicles, 31 canteens, and mobile trailers

POWER

  • There are currently no power outages in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew.
  • Utilities have been put on notice to be prepared to quickly report outage and restoral information once applicable. The outage reporting is expected to begin Thursday morning.
  • Utilities are contacting their mutual aid partners to determine availability if external resources are needed to restore services.
  • The state is monitoring the power grid for sufficient power in the state and the natural gas infrastructure for any damages that can cause a loss of service to power plants.
  • Governor Scott spoke with utilities across the state yesterday to ensure utilities are pre-positioned and there are no unmet needs.

FUEL

  • There are no current supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues. The state is monitoring for any isolated incidents of individual retailers experiencing temporary fuel shortages. These individual retailers are being quickly refueled and fuel is readily available across Florida. 
  • The state will continue to monitor fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.
  • The current fuel supply in the state will last for at least 8 days, even if all ports close.
  • The state is working with fuel partners and suppliers to increase the number trucks moving fuel from the ports to retail locations.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

SCHOOL CLOSURE

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) activated its emergency contact system for the east coast Florida school districts and colleges, and is monitoring closures made at the district and college levels.

District school closures include:

  • Brevard County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Broward County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Bradford County Schools - Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Clay County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Dade County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Duval County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake County Schools - Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Flagler County –  Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Glades County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Hendry County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Highlands County –  Closed Friday.
  • Indian River County – Closing early today. Closed Thursday and Friday. 
  • Lake County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Martin County – Closing early today. Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Marion County – Closed Friday.
  • Monroe County –  Partially Closed Thursday.
  • Nassau County –  Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Okeechobee County - Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Orange County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Osceola County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Palm Beach County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Polk County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Putnam County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • St. Johns County – Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Seminole County Schools - Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • St. Lucie County – Closing early today. Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closing early tomorrow and closed Friday.
  • Union County – Closed on Friday.  
  • Volusia County Schools - Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Sumter County – Closing early Thursday. Closed Friday.
  • FAU Lab school – Closed early today and is closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida School for Deaf and Blind – Closed today, Thursday and Friday.

Universities/ college closures include:

  • University of North Florida: Closed this afternoon, Thursday through Saturday.
  • Embry Riddle University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Florida Atlantic University: Closed this afternoon, Thursday through Sunday.
  • Florida International University: Closed Wednesday at 5:00 through Friday.
  • Florida A&M University satellite campuses (in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa): Closed today through Sunday.
  • Nova Southeastern University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Central Florida: Closed Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. through Saturday.
  • Broward College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Daytona State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Eastern Florida State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lake-Sumter State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Indian River State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Miami Dade College: Closed today through Friday.
  • Palm Beach State College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Seminole State College of Florida: Closed Wednesday through Sunday.
  • St. Johns River State College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • Valencia College: Closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Broward College: Closed today through Sunday.
  • South Florida State College: Closed Thursday and Friday.
  • University of Florida: Closed Friday.

GOVERNMENT CLOSURES

County and state offices are closed Thursday and Friday in the following counties:

  • Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • As of today, Governor Scott has directed the Florida National Guard to activate a total of 1,500 National Guard members to support hurricane preparedness and response.
  • In addition to this, Florida has over 5,000 National Guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
  • The National Guard will be focused on staging to perform search and rescue efforts as well as providing reconnaissance teams, equipment such as high wheeled vehicles security, and staffing and planning support to assist counties as needed. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE FIGHTING AND SEARCH & RESCUE

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and other partnering agencies are identifying resources for deployment if necessary to respond to the storm and are preparing to assist with evacuations.
  • FWC has two advance reconnaissance teams actively deploying from Ocala with equipment to move debris from water access points in order to assist search and rescue missions. Additionally, FWC's teams will be partnered with 164 field personnel that are on standby to provide humanitarian aid when needed.  
  • FHP has made contact with local troops in preparation for supporting evacuations in the major corridors, from south to north and east to west. FHP has also placed all troops on alert and has ten 33-member quick response force teams, for a total of 330 troopers on standby for deployment.
  • State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator and Regional Coordinators have been notified so staffers and resources can be prepared for deployment.
  • 60 Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (Department of Financial Services), Florida Fish and Wildlife Special Operations Group boat teams, and members of the Florida National Guard are staging at Florida State Fire College in Ocala tomorrow in preparation for deployment to perform search and rescue missions.
  • Five Urban Search and Rescue Task Force teams will be available to assist with search and rescue based on the current track of the storm.
  • State firefighting representative are working with DOH to assist with tracking and patient movement if needed.
  • Consulting with federal partners to identify any assets that may be needed as state assets become committed during response activities.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • DOH is working with healthcare facilities on potential evacuations and preparing for storm impacts.
  • DOH is also standing by to monitor and support special needs shelter activations.
  • DOH has established daily calls with County Health Departments to ensure all needs are met.
  • The state is preparing personnel for deployment, such as State Medical Response Teams and Special Needs Sheltering Teams, to provide assistance to counties affected by the storm.
  • AHCA is supporting the emergency preparedness efforts for hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other health care facilities by monitoring evacuation efforts and needs, as well as working with providers to ensure patients are receiving any necessary care and medication.

The following hospitals are evacuating patients:

  • Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach
  • Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach
  • Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach
  • Florida Hospital New Symrna, New Symrna Beach
  • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge, FL

TOLLS

  • Governor Scott directed DOT to suspend all tolls in the affected areas of the state, which includes the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.
  • This expands the Governor's direction from this morning that included suspension of tolls in counties with evacuation orders.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The state has held teleconferences with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) districts and agency partners - Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, Civil Air Patrol and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.
  • FDOT halted construction work on all FDOT projects on Interstates, Limited Access facilities, coastal and evacuation route roadways effective immediately in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Matthew. Contractors are being instructed to secure all equipment and open travel lanes by removing all unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.
  • FDOT District offices have placed emergency crews on standby, and are continuing to test and inventory equipment and monitor flood prone areas. FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions including activating traffic counters, providing local evacuation support and providing maintenance of traffic and other assistance.
  • FDOT is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to lock down Intracoastal Waterway bridges along the eastern Florida coast prior to sustained winds of 40 mph. Intracoastal bridges in Palm Beach County will be locked down by 8 p.m. Wednesday.  
  • The Miami Tunnel closed at 1:00 p.m. today. Tri-Rail is suspending service in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Drawbridges along the Miami River and the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami-Dade County will be locked down beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.  During lock-down, the bridge spans are locked in the down position and will not open for marine traffic.  This will not affect vehicular traffic crossing the bridges. Lock-down of bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) will begin at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
  • Additional road and bridge closure information can be found at www.fl511.com.
  • Florida Highway Patrol traffic incidents by region can be found HERE.
  • The Florida Turnpike Enterprise has ensured service plazas along the Florida Turnpike have Road Rangers and fuel. Additional fuel, Road Rangers and resources such as variable message boards to guide evacuees are on standby.
  • Army Corps of Engineers and Water Management Districts are monitoring waterways and are prepared to adjust flows as necessary.
  • FDOT is monitoring live traffic counters in South Florida, Central Florida, and along the East Coast of Florida. 

HUMAN SERVICES

Resources and Supplies

  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and DEM Logistics are running projection models for human-service's needs (food and sheltering) based on major hurricane impacts to Miami Dade County to Duval County, and Seminole County to Nassau County.
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is inventorying school food supplies in schools and state warehouses.
  • The state is contacting potential vendors for quotes on baby needs and other items.
  • Food Safety Assessment teams on standby to monitor power outages and flooding to ensure safety at food establishments

Volunteer Organizations

  • The state is establishing local points of contact with mass care organizations and volunteer agencies for potentially impacted counties.
  • The state is working with Volunteer Florida and other volunteers and donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed. Thirty-nine AmeriCorps teams statewide are on call for anticipated response to Hurricane Matthew. Volunteer Florida grantee Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach is deploying AmeriCorps today to the Palm Beach County EOC and Special Needs Shelter. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are also available.
  • The state is assessing available housing for responders and volunteers.
    Volunteer Florida is identifying fixed kitchens from potentially impacted counties in anticipation of feeding needs.
  • Volunteer Florida is working with Community Emergency Response Teams that are on standby for possible deployment to impacted areas, with the Florida Baptist Convention to identify an in-kind warehouse space for multi-agency warehouse, and with Salvation Army and Red Cross for food distribution

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

  • APD is communicating regularly with staff, providers, waiver support coordinators, and stakeholders about the hurricane and preparedness measures.
  • All group homes and individuals in Supported Living have their own disaster plans.
  • Regional Residential Planning Coordinators are assessing all available open beds in group homes statewide in case they are needed during or after the storm. Supported Living Coaches are checking on their customers in independent living to ensure they are safe and prepared. If someone needs to go to a group home during the storm, APD will authorize Respite and pay for the service.
  • Mutual Aid support from non-affected Regional Offices have been identified to support Regional Offices that may be impacted by the hurricane.

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA)

  • Three of the state veterans' nursing homes operated by the FDVA are on the east coast of Florida.
  • All of these facilities have permanent generators and administrators are working to ensure staff and supplies are available for residents.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers and outpatient clinics in the watch and warning areas. The following VA clinics will be closed during the listed days: All Miami VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics, with the exception of Key West - Thursday and Friday
  • All West Palm Beach VA Medical Center primary care and community based clinics - Thursday and Friday
  • Viera Outpatient Clinic – Thursday - Saturday
  • Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic - Thursday - Saturday
  • Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) - Thursday - Saturday
  • Orange City VA Clinic – Friday
  • St. Augustine Clinic -  Thursday - Friday
  • Jacksonville (all locations) – Thursday - Friday
  • St. Mary's (GA) Clinic – Thursday – Friday
  • Palatka Clinic – Thursday - Friday

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and DEM have activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to help identify and alleviate unmet needs between businesses and response partners. They are also working with businesses to make sure they have what they need to prepare for the storm.
  • The FLVBEOC is available at www.flvbeoc.org
  • The state has activated the Private Sector Hotline at 850-410-1403. The hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module to keep visitors informed if major evacuations are ordered.
  • VISIT FLORIDA will also work with local tourism partners to collect and share information regarding the open status for major retailers and hotels. More information can be found HERE.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has also compiled a list of available hotel accommodations for visitors who may be need to evacuate. To view available accommodations, click HERE.
  • 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.
  • OIR will continue to communicate with DFS regarding the establishment of an insurance village, a mobile location for individuals to file insurance claims, if needed following the hurricane. OIR and DFS will also closely track insurance complaints to help protect Floridians.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • The Department of Management Services' Division of Telecommunications is currently monitoring telecommunication services to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.
  • The division is working to increase the DEM bandwidth to provide consistent communication services for the state emergency response team.
  • The division is working with telecommunications partners on proactive and protective measures to prepare equipment, facilities and response personnel for Hurricane Matthew, as well as encouraging partners to report any communications outages or affects.
  • The state is coordinating with state, federal and industry partners, and is prepared to help assess impacts to telecommunications facilities and infrastructure following the storm. The state is also monitoring fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.

SEAPORTS

The state is monitoring conditions at the following seaports and all are still open:

  • Duval – JAXPORT (*Seaport Access Closed at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow)
  • Nassau - Port of Fernandina (*Seaport Access Closed at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow)
  • Broward - Port Everglades (*Seaport Access Restricted)
  • Palm Beach - Port of Palm Beach (*Seaport Access Restricted)
  • Saint Lucie - Port of Ft. Pierce (*Seaport Access Restricted)
  • Brevard - Port Canaveral (*Seaport Access Closed 6:00 p.m. today)
  • Miami-Dade - Port Miami (*Seaport Access Restricted)
  • Monroe - Port of Key West

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)

  • A pre-storm inspection of the Herbert Hoover Dike has been completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A post storm inspection will occur as soon as the Dike is accessible.  Additional routine inspections will begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet. The lake level is currently at 15.86 feet.
  • Discharges from the Lake is currently ceased to provide area flood protection for residents.  Discharges will resume at 4,000 cubic feet per second to the west and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the east after the storm when it can be done safely.
  • Working with Water Management Districts to monitor waterways; prepared to adjust flows as necessary.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (SFWMD)

  • SFWMD is gradually lowering canals.
  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system and critical flood control structures.
  • Inspecting canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Inspecting heavy equipment.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.
  • Securing items vulnerable to high wind at pump stations and laydown yards in Homestead, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection completed all pre-storm beach erosion surveys.
  • DEP is ready to deploy generators to water treatment plants if needed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste debris and drop off sites have been established in all 67 counties
  • To view the list of closed state parks and campgrounds, click HERE.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

10/05/16 - Governor Scott Directs State Office Closures In 26 Counties

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationToday, Governor Rick Scott directed state offices to be closed on Thursday and Friday in the following counties:
Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am directing all state offices in 26 counties to be closed so people who work there can stay home and prepare for this storm. I encourage everyone to prepare their homes, check on family and friends and evacuate if in an evacuation zone. This storm is deadly and everyone has to take this seriously.”

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Governor Scott Directs State Office Closures In 26 Counties

10/05/16 - Gov. Scott: Directing Suspension Of Tolls; National Guard Deployments

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationToday, Governor Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls in counties where there are evacuations. Governor Scott activated the National Guard on Monday and today directed members to be stationed in North, Central and South Florida so they can be mobilized immediately. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has labeled Hurricane Matthew as an extremely dangerous and powerful storm. Florida is expected to feel impacts beginning Thursday and lasting through the weekend. 

Governor Rick Scott said, “Evacuations have started to be ordered this morning and I expect more counties to order evacuations soon. This is a dangerous storm and it is never too early to evacuate. If you live in a low lying area, on a barrier island, or in an area prone to flooding, you need to make plans to leave now. Protecting life and moving people to safety remains our top priority and today I directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls as needed to keep traffic flowing. If there is an evacuation order in a county, all tolls will be suspended in that county. 

“I have activated 500 National Guard members across the state. Per my direction, they are currently stationed in North, Central and South Florida so they can be mobilized immediately. In addition to this, we have over 6,000 National Guard members ready to be activated if needed. The National Guard will be focused on staging to perform search and rescue efforts and will be ready to assist our counties as they need it. I have directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to preposition high-water vehicles and have search and rescue teams on standby throughout the state.

“This morning, I directed state personnel to deploy to every eastern coastal county to help assist with preparation, recovery and response efforts. The state also has water, food, and other lifesaving materials stationed in North Florida, Central Florida and South Florida. These resources will be able to be deployed to affected communities immediately.

“Shelters will begin to open today and tomorrow for special needs populations, pets and general populations. The American Red Cross will also be opening 97 shelters across the state over the next two days. There is absolutely no reason not to evacuate and there is shelter available for anyone in our state.”

As of this afternoon, Florida is under significant tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings. A tropical storm watch extends from the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys eastward and Florida Bay. A hurricane watch extends from the Flagler/Volusia County line north to the Florida/Georgia line. A hurricane warning extends from Golden Beach to the Flagler/Volusia County line and includes Lake Okeechobee.

The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Matthew is a major Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. Matthew is currently moving Northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Based on the current forecast, the state’s entire east coast from Monroe to Nassau County will experience tropical storm or hurricane force winds, beach erosion, rip currents and heavy rain. On Monday, Governor Scott signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state are readily available. 

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.

Executive Order #16-230 for Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Scott: Directing Suspension Of Tolls; National Guard Deployments

10/04/16 - Gov. Scott: Cat 4 Matthew Approaching Florida; Stay Alert To Possible Life-Saving Evacuations

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationGovernor Rick Scott today visited the City of Marathon and Volusia County to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm. Governor Scott will also be in Nassau County today visiting with emergency management officials. Florida is now under both tropical storm and hurricane watches. The tropical storm watch extends from the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys to Deerfield Beach in Palm Beach County and includes Lake Okeechobee. The hurricane watch extends from Deerfield Beach to the Brevard-Volusia county line.

Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Matthew is a deadly storm and has already killed multiple people. Our number one priority is to protect life and we will continue to communicate with all 67 Florida counties to ensure critical needs are met. At this time, we cannot focus on the exact track of this storm. We know that it will be very close to our state and any small deviation from its track could mean a catastrophic change along Florida’s east coast. That is why everyone in our state must prepare today for a direct hit.

“As Matthew continues to approach Florida, evacuations may be ordered today. If you are on Florida’s east coast, you should know today where you will go if you have to evacuate. If you are able to leave early and go now, before there is traffic, please go. No one should take any risks. Many coastal counties are also preparing to open shelters within the next 24 hours if needed and contacting special needs populations. Again, if an evacuation is ordered for your area, leave immediately. First responders cannot rescue you once the storm hits.

Gov. Scott: Cat 4 Matthew Approaching Florida; Stay Alert To Possible Life-Saving Evacuations

10/04/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare Information Today, Governor Rick Scott visited the City of Marathon to meet with county emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm. Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state and local leaders who are working to ensure the state is prepared for the storm. Governor Scott will also be at the Volusia County Emergency Management Center and the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center today to meet with emergency management officials to prepare for Hurricane Matthew.

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • Approximately 200 members of the Florida National Guard will be activated to support hurricane preparedness and response. There are also more than 6,000 guardsmen ready to be deployed if needed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and other partnering agencies are identifying resources for deployment if necessary to respond to the storm.

INFRASTRUCTURE: TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The state is monitoring the storm and holding teleconferences with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) districts and agency partners – Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, Civil Air Patrol and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.
  • Asset maintenance contractors have been alerted;
  • FDOT district offices are reaching out to construction vendors to have them remove any materials that block roads to facilitate evacuations;
  • Florida's Turnpike Enterprise is ensuring that service plazas along the Florida Turnpike have Road Rangers and fuel;
  • Additional fuel, Road Rangers and resources such as variable message boards to guide evacuees are on standby; and
  • The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has made contact with local troops in preparation for supporting evacuations in the major corridors, south to north and east to west.
  • Army Corps of Engineers and Water Management Districts are monitoring waterways and are prepared to adjust flows as necessary.
  • FDOT is preparing evacuation routes, maintenance yards, construction zones, equipment and staff; testing and inventorying equipment; placing emergency crews on standby; reviewing emergency plans; preparing construction zones; and monitoring flood prone areas.
  • FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions including activating traffic counters, providing local evacuation support and providing maintenance of traffic and other assistance.

HUMAN SERVICES:

  • Establishing local points of contact with mass care organizations and volunteer agencies for potentially impacted counties starting from Monroe to Orange County, and working up toward the rest of the state.
  • The state is working with the American Red Cross to identify shelter staffing capacity in potential impact areas.
  • The state is working with Volunteers and Donation agencies to identify available volunteers through Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and AmeriCorps to staff shelters if needed.
  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is running projection models for human-service's needs (food and sheltering) based on a major hurricane impacting Monroe County to Orange County, and Seminole County to Nassau County.
  • The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is inventorying school food supplies in schools and state warehouses.

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) created event in Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) for Hurricane Matthew and currently updating with up to date storm info, including press releases/situation reports. Providing situational awareness to private sector partners.
  • Activated Private Sector Hotline: 850-410-1403. Hotline is available for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information and post-impact information.

ELECTRIC & NATURAL GAS UTILITIES (Public Service Commission)

  • Utilities have been put on notice to start reporting outage and restoral information when notified to begin.
  • Utilities are contacting their mutual aid partners to determine availability if external resources are needed to restore services.
  • Monitoring the power grid for sufficient power in the state and the natural gas infrastructure for any damages that can cause a loss of service to power plants.

FUELS

  • The state is contacting fuel industry partners (e.g., Florida Petroleum Council, Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association); there are no reported supply, distribution or retail fuel shortages or issues.
  • Monitoring fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.
  • The state has contacted emergency fuel and equipment provider for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • Coordinating with telecommunications partners to monitor the situation and remain on standby to respond if required.
  • At this point, no out of ordinary reports of any major outages.
  • Monitoring fuel assistance requests; currently there are no requests for assistance.

SEAPORTS

  • Monitoring conditions at the following seaports:
    • Duval – JAXPORT: Open
    • Nassau – Port of Fernandina: Open
    • Broward – Port Everglades: Open, sustained gale force winds predicted within 48 hours
    • Palm Beach – Port of Palm Beach: Open, sustained gale force winds predicted within 48 hours
    • Saint Lucie – Port of Ft. Pierce: Open, sustained gale force winds predicted within 48 hours
    • Brevard – Port Canaveral: Open
    • Miami-Dade – Port Miami: Open, sustained gale force winds predicted within 48 hours
    • Monroe – Port of Key West: Open, sustained gale force winds predicted within 48 hours

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

  • Inspections of the Herbert Hoover Dike are taking place at fifteen-day intervals. Daily inspections begin once the lake exceeds 17 feet.
  • Discharges from Lake Okeechobee are currently being maintained at current targets (West: 4,000 cubic feet per second / East: 1,800 cubic feet per second).

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

  • SFWMD has elevated its readiness condition to Condition 4.  Condition 4 readiness actions include the following:
  • Upper East Coast: Water managers are gradually lowering canals as their current discharges are moderate.
  • Discharge through S-38 will continue until Monday as long as the forecast for Matthew rain is Tuesday or later.  Supplemental flow to the Florida Bay is being reduced to provide capacity for pre-storm draw down.

Field Station readiness actions include the following:

  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system and critical flood control structures.
  • Inspecting canals and levees for any obstructions.
  • Inspecting heavy equipment.
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment.
  • Securing items vulnerable to high wind at pump stations and laydown yards in Homestead, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection surveyed beaches throughout entire Florida east coast and is reaching out to state parks to assess needs.
  • No state parks are closed at this time.

LOGISTICS:

  • The State Logistics Response Center (SLRC) will be opening today at 12:00 noon to manage the deployment of resources to counties.
  • Identifying potential State Logistical Staging Areas to preposition materials and resources if needed.
  • Running Logistics Forecast Models for each coastal and first inland county (Jacksonville to Miami).
  • Have received update from FEMA Logistics on available assets.
  • Will begin to poll in-state resources available from unaffected counties.
  • Contacted South Florida Fairgrounds, Homestead Air Reserve Base as potential staging sites.
  • Monitoring government, school and infrastructure closures.

CONTACTS:

  • The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has activated and can be reached at 1 (800) 342-3557.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Matthew.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Efforts as Storm Approaches Florida

10/03/16 - Gov. Scott: Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew Is Life Threatening And Approaching Florida

Hurricane Matthew Prepare InformationGovernor Rick Scott today visited the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm. Governor Scott also signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.

Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now. Today, I signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure we have resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state. We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best and we will not take any chances to ensure our state is prepared.

“Hurricane Matthew has already killed four people and nobody wants that number to rise. As I said during Hurricane Hermine, we can rebuild a home or a business, but we cannot rebuild your life. The best way to prevent further loss is to get prepared now and take this storm seriously. Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death during severe weather, especially a major category four hurricane.

“Although Matthew is not currently projected to directly impact Florida, we all know how quickly the track of these storms can change. While there are no evacuation orders currently in place, this storm could threaten our state with very little notice and no one should be caught off guard. If an evacuation order is activated in your area, leave immediately. Once severe weather comes, our first responders will not be able to rescue you until the weather subsides.

“Our National Guard stands ready to be deployed if needed. I am also in contact with the utilities across the state and will stay in communication with them regarding their plans if there are any power outages. We are taking steps to move additional fuel to the state’s east coast. On the Florida Turnpike, we also have extra fuel trucks on standby to get anywhere in our state. Again, while we are preparing for the worst, we are hoping for the best and will not take any chances with a storm of this magnitude.”

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that Hurricane Matthew is a major category four hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. Although the NHC official forecast continues to show a track east of Florida, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Division of Emergency Management continue to actively monitor Hurricane Matthew and urge everyone in Florida to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions as it moves through the Caribbean. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) today activated to Level 2. Based on the current forecast, the state’s entire east coast from Monroe to Nassau counties could experience tropical storm force winds, beach erosion, rip currents and heavy rain. This is a slow moving storm and could impact Florida as early as Wednesday and last through Saturday.

State Coordinating Officer Bryan Koon said, “Hurricane Matthew is a strong and very dangerous storm. Residents should not delay and begin preparing for the worst now. This morning, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) upgraded our activation to a Level 2. As always, we stand ready to respond to any potential impacts this storm may have on Florida communities and continue to encourage residents to visit Floridadisaster.org to create an emergency plan.”

Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew Is Life Threatening And Approaching Florida

10/02/16 - Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew May Threaten Florida; Stay Alert And Prepare Now

Today, Governor Rick Scott was briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Hurricane Matthew, a major category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. The state will continue to hold twice daily calls with the NHC and all 67 Florida counties as the storm approaches to ensure every local community has all available resources to prepare and respond to Hurricane Matthew. 

Governor Rick Scott said, "This is a serious and life threatening storm. I was just briefed on the developments of Hurricane Matthew as it moves through the Caribbean Sea. I also just spoke with county emergency management officials who are working in our local communities to ensure our state is prepared for the potential impacts of this major hurricane. This storm is catastrophic, and if it hits our state, we could see impacts that we have not seen in many years. Even though the storm’s projected path is just east of our state, no one should take this lightly. Storms change fast and Hurricane Matthew could hit Florida as early as Wednesday. At this time, there have been no evacuations ordered in Florida, but that could change quickly. Please stay alert and watch your local news and listen to your local officials for protective actions and emergency messages. I urge everyone to visit FLGetAPlan.com to get prepared before the weekend is over. Make sure to have three days of food and water, flashlights, batteries and a battery powered radio."

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said, "Hurricane Matthew continues to pose a significant threat to Florida. I encourage everyone to take this potential threat seriously. Even if this storm does not make direct landfall, the significant risks of rip currents and severe weather will still exist. Take this time to ensure you and your family have a plan to remain safe, by visiting FLGetAPlan.com to assist in preparing for any possible impacts from this very dangerous storm."

Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew May Threaten Florida; Stay Alert And Prepare Now

10/01/16 - Gov. Scott: Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew Is Life Threatening; Floridians Must Remain Vigilant

Today, Governor Scott was briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Matthew, a major category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.

Governor Rick Scott said, "As Hurricane Matthew moves through the Caribbean this weekend, it’s a very dangerous storm and life threatening. We haven’t seen a storm of this magnitude approach our state in a very long time. While the National Hurricane Center’s forecast continues to show the track of the storm east of our state, it’s too soon to rule out impacts to Florida. We know how fast the track of a storm can change, and I urge everyone in Florida to prepare this weekend for any impacts this storm may bring.  Even if it does not directly hit our state, we will likely see strong winds, rip currents and beach erosion all along the east coast of our state. I will continue to monitor this storm throughout the weekend to ensure Florida is prepared and ready to respond.  If you don’t have a plan, please visit FLGetAPlan.com so that you and your family can get prepared."

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said, "Hurricane Matthew's exact pathway is continuing to develop, but we know this is a large and especially powerful storm which is expected to remain a major hurricane as it nears Florida. Do not get complacent. Understand that this storm is large enough and powerful enough for it produce strong rip currents and severe weather, even without making direct landfall in Florida. Visit FLGetAPlan.com to ensure you and your family are prepared."

Gov. Scott: Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew Is Life Threatening; Floridians Must Remain Vigilant

09/30/16 - Gov. Scott: As Hurricane Matthew Strengthens to Cat 4, Residents Must Be Prepared

The National Hurricane Center today (NHC) upgraded Hurricane Matthew to a major category four hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. Although the NHC official forecast continues to show a track east of Florida, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Division of Emergency Management continue to actively monitor Hurricane Matthew and urge everyone in Florida to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions as it moves through the Caribbean over the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated to Level 3.

Governor Scott said, "With Hurricane Matthew now being upgraded to a major category four hurricane, we all must remain vigilant and be prepared for any impacts this storm may have on our state. While the National Hurricane Center's current forecast predicts Matthew traveling east of Florida, we all know that the track of these storms can quickly change which is why it is imperative that all Floridians and visitors continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and make sure to have a plan in place in the event of severe weather. If you don't have a plan, please visit FLGetAPlan.com so that you and your family can get prepared.

"I will continue to get briefed on this storm throughout the weekend. We are working closely with the NHC and will make sure to keep Floridians informed as we learn more about the track of this storm and its potential impacts on Florida."

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said, "With Hurricane Matthew now a major category four storm, it is critically important for residents and visitors to prepare and have a plan. Although Hurricane Matthew is not currently projected to directly impact our state, we stand ready to respond to any potential impacts this storm may have on Florida communities and continue to encourage residents to visit FLGetAPlan.com to create an emergency plan."

Gov. Scott: As Hurricane Matthew Strengthens to Cat 4, Residents Must Be Prepared

09/30/16 - Florida Survivors Urged to Register for Disaster Assistance

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties who were affected by Hurricane Hermine are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

The September 28 presidential disaster declaration makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business from the hurricane and associated severe storms and flooding in Florida.

Individuals and businesses in the designated counties can begin the disaster assistance process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362, which is video relay service accessible. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking may call TTY 800-462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice.

Assistance may include grants for temporary housing, rental assistance and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed personal property, and medical and dental expenses. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Florida residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance, but only if their property was damaged by the floods or high winds. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Florida Survivors Urged to Register for Disaster Assistance

09/30/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Statement on Federal Disaster Declaration

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that individuals who
have lost jobs as a result of severe storms and flooding during Hurricane Hermine may be entitled to Disaster Unemployment Assistance. On September 28, 2016, the federal government approved Governor Scott's request for a major disaster declaration for Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties, clearing the way for use of Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds for individuals affected by the storm.

Gov. Scott said, "Following Hurricane Hermine, I spoke with many Floridians and business owners who were severely impacted by the storm, and Disaster Unemployment Assistance will provide much-needed assistance to these individuals and their families. We will continue to provide every available resource to our communities as we work together to rebuild and recover from this storm."

To file a Disaster Unemployment claim, go to https://connect.myflorida.com or call 1-800- 681-8102.

Gov. Scott Issues Statement on Federal Disaster Declaration

09/30/16 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Florida Affected by Hurricane Hermine and to Private NonProfit Organizations in Florida

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Florida affected by Hurricane Hermine that occurred on Aug. 31 - Sept. 11, 2016:

"The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Florida with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at the SBA."

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco, and Pinellas in Florida which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hardee, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Manatee, Marion, Polk, Sumter, Taylor and Wakulla in Florida; Grady and Thomas counties in Georgia.

The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to PNP organizations. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2016. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is June 28, 2017.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Florida
Affected by Hurricane Hermine

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09/28/16 - Gov. Scott Issues Statement on Federal Disaster Declaration

Today, the federal government approved Governor Rick Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe storms and flooding that impacted communities and businesses throughout the state following Hurricane Hermine.

To see the request, click HERE.

To see the approval letter, click HERE.

"Hurricane Hermine was the first hurricane to hit our state in over a decade and following the storm, I met with many businesses and families who were severely impacted.  While the state immediately stepped in to provide resources and assistance to families, this funding will help our local communities rebuild," Governor Scott said.

The declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco, and Pinellas.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Hermine in the counties of Citrus, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. 

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed. 

Beginning tomorrow, residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

To view the declaration summary, click HERE.

09/20/16 - Gov. Scott Requests a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Florida Following Hurricane Hermine

Governor Rick Scott requested that President Obama make a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe storms and flooding that impacted communities and businesses throughout the state following Hurricane Hermine. A presidential disaster declaration would provide federal resources to support recovery efforts in Florida. This request is for both individual assistance for families and public assistance to help state agencies and local governments.

Governor Scott said, “We must do everything we can to ensure that Florida families and businesses can get back on their feet following Hurricane Hermine. I have traveled across the state to meet Floridians who have been personally impacted by the storm and communities are working hard to recover from flooding and damage. The resources and financial assistance from the Federal Government would support our communities and help them rebuild. We look forward to President Obama immediately issuing a declaration in support of all Florida families and businesses affected by the hurricane.”

To view the request, click HERE.

Gov. Scott Requests a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Florida Following Hurricane Hermine

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.

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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:
December 7, 2016 9:13


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