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

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

June 17, 2016

Dear Florida First Responder:

On Sunday, America was attacked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Rick Scott Governor

Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Florida First Responders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE has set aside more than $520,000 in residual Justice Assistance Grant funds for the City of Orlando and Orange County to be used for overtime pay for law enforcement and equipment associated with the terror attack. FDLE also requested $2 million in emergency Justice Assistance Grant funds from the Department of Justice to help with similar costs.
  • All victims have been identified and FDLE has notified all of the victims’ families.
  • The FBI is leading the investigation but FDLE will continue to provide assistance with regional assets and coordinate with all involved law enforcement agencies throughout the ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida Department of Children and Families

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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

Volunteer Florida

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

Florida Department of Health

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

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

K-12 Public School System

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

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

Florida Department of Management Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • All victims have been identified and FDLE has notified all of the victims’ families.
  • The FBI is leading the investigation but FDLE will continue to provide assistance with regional assets and coordinate with all involved law enforcement agencies throughout the ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.
  • FDLE has set aside more than $520,000 in residual Justice Assistance Grant funds for the City of Orlando and Orange County to be used for overtime pay for law enforcement and equipment associated with the terror attack. FDLE also requested $2 million in emergency Justice Assistance Grant funds from the Department of Justice to help with similar costs.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida Department of Children and Families

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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

Volunteer Florida

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

Florida Department of Health

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

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

K-12 Public School System

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

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

Florida Department of Management Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • All victims have been identified and FDLE has notified all of the victims’ families.
  • The FBI is leading the investigation but FDLE will continue to provide assistance with regional assets and coordinate with all involved law enforcement agencies throughout the ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and continues to offer support to the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors and the blood center in Orlando is at full capacity. DOH is asking donors to make appointments to donate later in the week. Blood banks outside of the Orlando area are not at capacity. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Transportation

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

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

K-12 Public School System

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

Florida Department of Children and Families

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

Florida Department of Management Services

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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

Volunteer Florida

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

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

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

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

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

Governor Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund
Following Orlando Terror Attack

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

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

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE continues to coordinate with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office on the terror attack and ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at fdle.state.fl.us.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and deployed a 22 person Victim Identification Unit to support the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office and a 20 person Morgue Identification Unit.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors and the blood center is at full capacity. DOH is asking donors to make appointments to donate later in the week. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

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

K-12 Public School System

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

Florida Department of Management Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE is coordinating with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on the terrorist attack and ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise, and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach. 
  • FDLE is also leading the officer-involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at fdle.state.fl.us.

Florida Department of Health

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

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Department of Education

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida National Guard

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

Florida Department of Education

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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

Florida Department of Health

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

 Office of Early Learning

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

Florida Department of Corrections

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

Department of Elder Affairs

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

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

Department of Business and Professional Regulation

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

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

Volunteer Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential weather impacts include:

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

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

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

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

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida National Guard

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

Florida Department of Education

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

K-12 Public Schools

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

Florida College System

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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

Florida Department of Health

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

Office of Early Learning

The Office of Early Learning is monitoring closures which include:

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

Florida Department of Corrections

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

Department of Elder Affairs

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

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

Department of Business and Professional Regulation

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

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Colin Preparedness Efforts

Executive Order No 16-136

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential impacts include: 

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

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

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

 If flooding is likely in your area, you should:  

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

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

SERT Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Day Beachgoers Encouraged
To Monitor Surf Conditions At Florida Beaches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Updated:
June 23, 2016 15:28


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