2016 News Archive
The articles below are archived from the main page of www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp.
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~
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.”
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.
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
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.”
May 31, 2016 9:33