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04/11/17 - Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency Following Increased Wildfires Across the State

Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 17-120 declaring a state of emergency in Florida following the recent wildfires across the state and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue this year. Forecasts predict hotter and drier conditions than normal in Florida during the coming months. Florida wildfires have already burned 250 percent more acreage during the first three months of 2017 than during the same time period last year. There are currently more than 100 active wildfires across more than 20,000 acres in Florida.

Governor Scott said, “As wildfires impact our state, our incredible firefighters and first responders have bravely rushed to aid our communities and worked tirelessly to protect our homes and families. Last month I traveled to Collier County with Commissioner Putnam to see the impacts of one of these wildfires firsthand and we have continued to monitor the growing number of fires across the state. I’ve continued to be in contact with Commissioner Putnam and local officials about the wildfires across the state and today I am declaring a state of emergency in Florida to ensure we are ready to respond to and prepare for these fires.

“Much of Central and South Florida are approaching drought-like conditions and the chances for wildfires are continuing to increase with hotter temperatures and low rainfall. This may only get worse as we enter the hotter summer months and it is crucial that we take every action right now to be prepared. It is incredibly important that wildfire response is swift and deliberate and this state of emergency will make it easier for our state, regional and local agencies to quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities.”

Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency Following Increased Wildfires Across the State

04/03/17 - North Florida Residents And Visitors Advised To Prepare For Potentially Severe Weather

State and local emergency management officials are recommending residents and visitors in North Florida stay alert as a cold front moves into the area today. This weather system will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts and 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.

Governor Scott said, "In Florida, we know how quickly weather can change and the damage it can cause if we are not prepared. As this storm system enters our state, it is incredibly important that families and visitors across North Florida monitor local media outlets and be ready to take immediate action in case of tornadoes or flash flooding. I also encourage Floridians to look out for their neighbors and lend a helping hand to those who may need it. The Florida Division of Emergency Management is working closely with local partners in North Florida and we will continue to closely monitor weather throughout the day and issue important updates to keep Floridians informed."

"The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of North Florida at high risk of severe weather through this afternoon," said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. "Residents, visitors and businesses should monitor this weather and be ready to act if warnings are issued."

Tornado watches may be issued throughout the day. 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. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been reported as sighted, or has appeared on radar in the area.

North Florida Residents And Visitors Advised To Prepare For Potentially Severe Weather

01/31/17 - Governor Scott's "Fighting For Florida's Future" Budget Fights To Keep Florida Prepared For Natural Disasters

Governor Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget invests $437 million in the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to ensure the safety of those who live, work and visit Florida while providing the state’s rapidly expanding economy with the resources needed to continue small business growth and diversification.

Governor Scott said, “With a steadily increasing number of individuals who call the Sunshine State their home, public safety and preparedness are critical priorities. Last year, our state was impacted by two hurricanes and a tropical storm and we saw the incredible importance of being prepared before severe weather strikes. These investments ensure that Floridians will continue to have everything they need to keep their loved ones and businesses safe during any potential disaster.”

FDEM Director Bryan Koon said, “Governor Scott’s proposed budget will keep our state’s citizens safe and prepared for any potential disasters. Preparedness has never been more important, especially in the wake of the two largest storms to impact our state in over a decade. The Governor’s budget will provide the Division with the tools needed to make that preparedness a reality.”

Governor Scott's "Fighting For Florida's Future" Budget Fights To Keep Florida Prepared For Natural Disasters

01/23/17 - Florida's Severe Weather Awareness Week is January 23-27, 2017

Severe Weather Awareness Week

January 23-27, 2017

Florida's Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from January 23-27, 2017. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events.

Each day focuses on a specific weather event.

Lightning

Monday: Lightning

Marine Hazards and Rip Currents

Tuesday: Marine Hazards and Rip Currents

tornadoes

Wednesday: Thunderstorms and Tornadoes   (*Statewide Tornado Drill at 10:10am EST/9:10am CST*)

hurricanes

Thursday: Hurricanes and Flooding

Temperature Extremes and Wildfires

Friday: Temperature Extremes and Wildfires

Florida's Severe Weather Awareness Week

01/23/17 - FLORIDA RESIDENTS ADVISED TO STAY ALERT AS STORM SYSTEM BRINGS POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER TODAY

State and local emergency management officials are recommending residents and visitors in Florida stay alert as a storm system moves into the area today. This storm system will have the potential to produce frequent lightning strikes, damaging wind gusts and 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 Florida at high risk of severe storms through this evening," 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 can save lives."

Tornado watches may be issued throughout the day. 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. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been reported as sighted, or has appeared on radar in the area. 

If severe weather threatens 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.   
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter immediately.
  • 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, canyons and areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain. 
  • 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. 

For more information about the Florida Division of Emergency Management, visit www.Floridadisaster.org or follow the Division on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at Facebook.com/FloridaDivisionofEmergencyManagement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources for displaced travelers include:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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

Florida Department of Health

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

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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

Florida Department of Transportation

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

VISIT FLORIDA

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

Florida Department of Children and Families

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

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

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

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

Resources include:

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

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

 

 

 

Updated:
April 21, 2017 14:54


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