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12/30/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 30, 2011-January 3, 2012
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12/30/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected Today For East Central Coast Beaches

rip cureent imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Volusia County southward through Martin County to be alert as a high risk of rip currents is expected for today. When red flags are flying, beachgoers should use caution when considering to enter Florida coastal waters.

“Strong ocean swells will cause a high risk of rip currents along East Central Florida beaches today,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. "Rip currents can occur at any time during the year, and residents and visitors to Florida’s beaches need to be aware of the beach warning flag system and should heed all instructions from local officials.” 

High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected Today For East Central Coast Beaches

12/09/11 - Apple Based Application For Florida Logistics Training Courses Published By The Florida Division Of Emergency Management

ipad iphone imagesThe state logistics development team of the Florida Division of Emergency Management announce the publication of its two most popular Florida Logistics Training courses, as an application on Apple’s iTunes website. At no cost to the user, these two logistics training courses are available for download to Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad.

“This innovative use of technology will increase ease of access to important logistics training information,” said Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon. “The publication of these applications also allows us to evaluate the use of this technology for more of our training materials in the future.”

Apple Based Application For Florida Logistics Training Courses Published By The Florida Division Of Emergency Management

12/27/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 27-30, 2011
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12/28/11 - Emergency Management Officials Remind Floridians To Practice Fire Safety As Cold Temperatures Move Into The State Wednesday

fireplace imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors across the state to practice fire safety when using indoor heating sources as temperatures are expected to drop below normal values statewide by Wednesday night. By taking basic safety precautions, residents can reduce the risk of fire, property damage or any potential loss of life. 

Overnight, temperatures are forecast to drop to near freezing across inland locations in North Florida on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. These freezing temperatures are expected to last for up to 3 hours, and will fall into the 30’s after midnight. Freeze Watches are in effect for the Nature Coast in Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties, and a Frost Advisory is in effect for all inland counties in Northeast Florida. Freezing temperatures are not expected for Central and South Florida, but low temperatures in the 40s and 50s may feel exceptionally chilly, as these areas have not experienced cold temperatures since earlier this month.  

Floridians should remember the "Five P's"of cold weather safety.  The “5 P’s” are: Protecting People, Protecting Plants, Protecting Pets, Protecting Exposed Pipes, and Practicing Fire Safety. 

Emergency Management Officials Remind Floridians To Practice Fire Safety As Cold Temperatures Move Into The State

12/28/11 - Emergency Management Officials Remind Floridians To Practice Fire Safety As Cold Temperatures Move Into The State Wednesday

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors across the state to practice fire safety when using indoor heating sources as temperatures are expected to drop below normal values statewide by Wednesday night. By taking basic safety precautions, residents can reduce the risk of fire, property damage or any potential loss of life. 

“Floridians are advised to be prepared for the drop in temperatures tonight,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. ”We encourage all residents and visitors to practice cold weather safety, especially around indoor heating sources that may pose a potential fire hazard to family and property.”

Emergency Management Officials Remind Floridians To Practice Fire Safety As Cold Temperatures Move Into The State Wednesday

12/27/11 - A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today Along Florida's Panhandle Beaches

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are cautioning beachgoers to be alert as a high risk of rip currents is expected today at Panhandle beaches from Escambia through Franklin County. A moderate risk of rip currents is also expected along the Peninsula Gulf Coast, from Pasco County southward through Collier County. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Gulf of Mexico can be dangerous.

"Strong westerly winds will generate increasing wave heights along Panhandle beaches today," said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. "These strong winds and rough surf conditions will cause a high rip current risk along the Northern Florida coastline. Anyone who plans to enter the surf should check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard."

A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today Along Florida's Panhandle Beaches

12/22/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 22-26, 2011
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12/20/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 20-23, 2011
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12/20/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today Along Florida's Southeast Coast And The Florida Panhandle

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, as well as Walton, Bay and Gulf Counties, to be alert today as a high risk of rip currents is expected. A moderate rip current risk exists for beaches on the Eastern shoreline from Nassau County south to Martin County and along the Panhandle from Escambia County to Okaloosa County and from Franklin to Walton County. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

"Strong south to southeasterly winds ahead of the approaching cold front will result in rough ocean conditions, steady onshore winds, and hazardous rip currents today along the Gold Coast and portions of the Emerald Coast," said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. "It's important to check the beach warning flags before entering the water and to swim within sight of a lifeguard whenever possible."

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today Along Florida's Southeast Coast And The Florida Panhandle

12/15/2011 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 15-19, 2011
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12/12/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected Through Mid Week For Atlantic Coast Beaches

RipcurrentsFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Nassau County southward through Miami-Dade County to be alert as a high risk of rip currents is expected today through at least Wednesday. When red flags are flying, beachgoers should use caution when considering to swim in Florida coastal waters.

“Strong and persistent onshore winds may create ocean swells, rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the Atlantic Coast beaches this week,” said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. “Beachgoers should always check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard whenever possible.” 

High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected Through Mid Week For Atlantic Coast Beaches

12/13/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 13-16, 2011
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09/19/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management And The American Red Cross Announce Poster And Video Contests For The 2012 Severe Weather Awareness Week Campaign

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross today announced they will team up once again to sponsor Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week from January 30 – February 3, 2012. The annual public awareness campaign includes a poster and video public service announcement contest.

"Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week highlights the natural hazards that may affect the Sunshine state, and it is an important opportunity to educate our residents and visitors on how to stay safe,” said Director Bryan W. Koon of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  “We deeply appreciate this enduring partnership with the American Red Cross and their undeniable commitment to ensuring Floridians are prepared for any disaster, regardless of the cause.”

Annual Poster Contest
Fourth and fifth graders in all of Florida’s 67 school districts, as well as students who attend private schools or are home-schooled, are invited to participate in the statewide poster contest. The poster should relate to the theme ‘Florida Severe Weather’ and illustrate an example of natural hazards that affect Florida. 
All entries must arrive at the American Red Cross in Tallahassee no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012. Winners will be notified by phone. The winners' artwork is scheduled to be displayed in the State Emergency Operations Center during the first full week of February 2012. Prizes will include tickets to Walt Disney World, weather radios and many other exciting things to be announced soon.

Annual Video PSA Contest
Florida middle and high school students in grades 6 - 8 and 9 - 12, including students who attend private schools or are home-schooled, are invited to produce a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) incorporating a safety or preparedness message about one of the following topics: Boating Safety, Extreme Temperatures or Rip Currents.    

Final digital videos must be mastered as a DVD for submission to the Division. All entries must be received at the Florida Division of Emergency Management in Tallahassee no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012. For complete contest rules and topic information go to: www.FloridaDisaster.org/SWAW.

Poster And Video Contests For The 2012 Severe Weather Awareness Week Campaign

12/08/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 8-12, 2011
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12/07/11 - Statement From The Florida Division Of Emergency Management Regarding The Governor's Budget Recommendations

“The recommended budget released today by Governor Scott demonstrates his continued commitment to ensuring all Floridians have the emergency management organization necessary to keep the state safe and prepared for any disaster. The Division of Emergency Management looks forward to working with the Legislature in the upcoming session to promote these recommendations in support of our mission to respond, recover, and mitigate against the impact of any emergency in Florida.”

Statement From The Florida Division Of Emergency Management Regarding The Governor's Budget Recommendations

12/06/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 6-9, 2011
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12/05/11 - A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Through Midweek For Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

RipcurrentsFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers to continue to use caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected along the entire Florida Atlantic Coast through midweek. Those traveling to the beach need to be aware that when red flags are flying, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous. 

“All along the Atlantic Coast, persistent easterly ocean swells in combination with moderate to strong onshore winds are creating rough surf and large breaking waves up to 4 to 6 feet,” said Michelle Palmer, Deputy State Meteorologist. “These conditions are expected to cause rip currents from Nassau County southward through Miami-Dade County. It is important that all beach-goers check the rip current outlook, swim near lifeguards and remember the beach warning flag system before entering the surf.”

A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Through Midweek For Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

12/02/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook December 2-5, 2011
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11/30/11 - As The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends, Florida's Severe Weather Season Begins

Florida emergency management officials today note the formal close of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and remind Floridians that emergency preparedness does not end with hurricane season.

“As the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season winds down, we, along with our state and local partners, are thankful for the minimal impacts experienced by the State of Florida due to tropical storms this season,” said Division of Emergency Management Director, Bryan Koon. “There were an above average number of storms this season, and Floridians were prepared to protect their families, homes and businesses. As we transition into Severe Weather Season, we remind all Floridians to continue and practice preparedness by staying alert to the many hazards we face year-round throughout our state.”

2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends, Florida's Severe Weather Season Begins

11/29/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 29 - December 2, 2011
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11/28/11 - A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today And Tuesday For Florida Panhandle Beaches

SBA logoFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Walton, Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties to use extreme caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected today and tomorrow. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Gulf of Mexico can be dangerous. A moderate risk of rip currents will be in place along the Peninsula Gulf Coast, from Levy County southward through Lee County through tomorrow, and also along Florida’s East Coast from Nassau County to Miami-Dade County today.

“Strong westerly winds will develop in the wake of a cold front today and this will generate rough ocean conditions with breaking waves reaching heights up to four to six feet along the Emerald Coast and the Western Big Bend beaches,” said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. “These strong winds and rough surf will lead to a high rip current risk and minor beach erosion along this portion of the Northern Gulf Coast. Although it will be chilly outside, anyone who plans to enter the surf should check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard.”

A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today And Tuesday For Florida Panhandle Beaches

11/21/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 21-29, 2011
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11/21/11 - Residents And Visitors Encouraged To Use Caution As An Elevated Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected At Florida Beaches Through Thanksgiving Weekend

SBA logoFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers to use caution this week as an elevated risk of dangerous rip currents is expected along the entire Florida East Coast. Persistent and strong onshore winds may affect the coastline from Nassau County southward into Miami-Dade County through the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. An elevated rip current risk is also expected to develop along the Gulf Coast later this holiday weekend as strong winds increase over the Gulf of Mexico. When red flags are flying, beachgoers should use caution when considering to swim in Florida's coastal waters.

For Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, onshore winds combined with tidal effects will bring a high risk of rip currents to their beaches through mid-week. These same conditions will put the beaches of Nassau County through Martin County under a moderate rip current risk. On Wednesday, a cold front is forecast to traverse the state with strong northeasterly winds developing in its wake. These breezy conditions will bring an elevated risk of rip currents to Nassau County through Flagler County on Thanksgiving Day and along the entire Atlantic Coast Friday and Saturday.

A second cold front is forecast to move through the Sunshine State late this upcoming weekend and will bring a shift in the wind direction. This change will cause the rip current risk to increase along Panhandle beaches, from Escambia County eastward through Wakulla County, on Saturday and will affect all beaches along the Gulf Coast on Sunday.

Residents And Visitors Encouraged To Use Caution As An Elevated Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected At Florida Beaches Through Thanksgiving Weekend

11/18/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 18-21, 2011
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11/15/11 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance To Florida Residents In Broward County Affected By Severe Storms And Flooding October 28 - 31, 2011

SBA logoGovernor Rick Scott announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his November 9 request for a Disaster Declaration, in response to the Severe Storms and Flooding event of October 28 – 31 in Broward County.  Affected residents and businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA starting today. The declaration covers Broward County and the neighboring counties of Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

“I want to thank Administrator Mills, Director Skaggs and our federal partners at the SBA for their swift response to this event and for providing essential disaster assistance,” said Governor Scott.  “These low-interest loans are an invaluable resource that will assist our residents in recovering from the detrimental storms and flooding of late October.”

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance To Florida Residents In Broward County Affected By Severe Storms And Flooding October 28 - 31, 2011
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance To Florida Residents Affected By Severe Storms And Flooding On Oct. 28 - 31
SBA Disaster Loans Fact Sheet-Declaration No. 12919 And No. 12920

11/15/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 15-18, 2011
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11/10/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 10-14, 2011
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11/10/11 - Residents And Visitors Urged To Use Caution As A Continued High Risk Of Large Waves And Rip Currents Is Expected For All Of Florida's East Coast Beaches Through Veterans Day Weekend

DEM-EAS imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are again urging beachgoers and boaters along Florida’s East Coast to exercise caution as lingering high waves and onshore winds associated with Tropical Storm Sean is expected to cause hazardous marine conditions through Saturday, including a high risk of strong and frequent rip currents between Nassau and Miami-Dade Counties. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

“Beachgoers and surfers along the entire Florida East coast should be very cautious as strong onshore winds in combination with lingering ocean swells from distant Tropical Storm Sean may produce dangerous surf conditions for much of this weekend,” State Meteorologist Amy Godsey said. “As we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Florida beach and boating experience, we strongly urge beachgoers to check the rip current outlook and stay out of the water when red flags are posted.”

A High Surf Advisory is in effect from Nassau County southward to Martin County where breaking waves of 5 to 7 feet will be possible along the beach, resulting in minor beach erosion and dangerous rip currents in the area. Higher waves and winds are expected along Florida’s coastal waters and there is a Small Craft Advisory in effect along Florida’s East Coast between Nassau and Broward counties through Friday.

Residents And Visitors Urged To Use Caution As A Continued High Risk Of Large Waves And Rip Currents Is Expected For All Of Florida's East Coast Beaches Through Veterans Day Weekend

11/08/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 8-11, 2011
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11/07/11 - Emergency Management Officials Remind Floridians Of The First Nationwide Test Of The Emergency Alert System

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~Test to Take Place November 9 at 2 p.m. EST~

Emergency Management officials are asking Floridians to take note that on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. eastern standard time, the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last for 30 seconds. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested. The Division aims to ensure that Florida's residents and visitors are aware that this event is only a test, and not an actual emergency alert.

"In conjunction with our local, county and state agency partners, the Division wants to alert all residents to this important event, and make them aware of the significance of this system's ability to deliver emergency notifications across the country," said Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "This test will provide important conformational data on the capabilities of the system should it ever need to be activated for an actual emergency.

Emergency Management Officials Remind Floridians Of The First Nationwide Test Of The Emergency Alert System

11/03/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 3-7, 2011
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11/03/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Through The Weekend For Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers to continue to use caution as a high risk of strong and frequent rip currents is expected along the entire Florida Atlantic Coast through the upcoming weekend. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Persistent and strong onshore winds along Florida’s East Coast could create hazardous beach and boating conditions, including waves of up to 10 feet and a high rip current risk from Nassau County southward through Miami-Dade County” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “Beachgoers should always check the warning flag signs before entering the water, swim within sight of a lifeguard and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Through The Weekend For Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

11/01/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook November 1-4, 2011
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10/31/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Through Mid Week For All Of Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers to use caution as a high risk of dangerous rip currents is expected through mid week along the entire Florida Atlantic Coast. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Persistent and strong onshore winds along Florida’s East Coast could create rough beach conditions including a high rip current risk  along with breaking waves of up to 8 feet from Nassau County southward through Miami-Dade County” said Michelle Palmer, Deputy State Meteorologist. “Beachgoers should always check the warning flag signs before entering the water, swim within sight of a lifeguard and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Through Mid Week For All Of Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

10/28/11 - U.S. Small Business Administration Approves Disaster Loan Programs For Residents In Broward County Impacted By Severe Weather And Tornadoes

SBA.gov imageGovernor Rick Scott announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his October 25, 2011 request for a Physical Disaster Declaration to aid Broward County residents impacted by the severe weather and tornado event on October 18. This declaration makes available low-interest disaster loans to eligible affected households and businesses in Broward County and the neighboring counties of Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach.

“I am grateful to Administrator Mills, Director Skaggs and our federal partners at the SBA for granting this critical disaster assistance,” said Governor Scott. “These low-interest loans are an excellent resource to help residents recover from the damaging severe weather that impacted these communities.”

For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

SBA Approves Disaster Loan Programs For Residents In Broward County Impacted By Severe Weather And Tornadoes Release

SBA Fact Sheet - Disaster Loans Florida Declaration #12901 & #12902

10/27/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 27-31, 2011
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10/25/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 25-28, 2011
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10/21/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 21-24, 2011
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10/17/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management Highlights Silver Jackets Charter Signing

This year the Florida Division of Emergency Management worked closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and other state agencies to form Florida's Silver Jackets team, a state-affiliation of the National Flood Risk Management program. Partnership in this program will enhance the State's disaster response and recovery efforts in floodplain mitigation. The Florida team will officially sign for their charter October 21 at 1 pm, in Highlands County at the Pearce-Lockett Estate, along the Kissimmee River.

Established by USACE, the Silver Jackets work diligently as a team to provide formal and consistent strategy efforts for a multi-agency approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce risks associated with flooding. By sharing information and resources prior to a disaster, these agencies can limit the potential catastrophe as well as provide greater response. Florida Silver Jackets will also identify gaps in or duplication of efforts, as well as productively share information, promote public education and initiate best practices within the State.

"The Corps and the South Atlantic Division are dedicated to, and fully support the Silver Jackets initiative," said Jacksonville District Commander Col. Al Pantano. "It provides the Corps and all of the agencies involved with a framework and strategy to better enable us to work cooperatively. This in turn results in top-notch flood risk management solutions."

Florida Division Of Emergency Management Highlights Silver Jackets Charter Signing

10/18/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 18-21, 2011
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10/18/11 - Emergency Management Officials Urge Floridians To Use Caution As Heavy Rain And Severe Weather Is Possible Across The State Through Wednesday

heavy rain imageThe Florida Division of Emergency Management with local emergency management officials are advising all residents and visitors across Florida to exercise caution as a strong storm system brings the potential for severe weather and flooding conditions into the state through Wednesday.  

“The combination of a northward moving warm front, a tropical low pressure system moving across the state from the Gulf of Mexico and an approaching cold front may bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds and rough ocean conditions into the Florida Big Bend, Florida Peninsula and Florida Keys through Wednesday night,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “Even unnamed systems can bring the same hazards as tropical cyclones and we encourage all residents and visitors to monitor their All-Hazards Weather Radios, avoid driving in flooded areas and to remember to check the rip current forecast for their area.” 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Central and South Florida, as well as the eastern Big Bend and Northeast Florida, in a slight risk area for severe weather on Tuesday and Tuesday night. This includes the potential for damaging winds in strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes.  

Rainfall amounts are forecast to be between 1 and 4 inches across much of the Florida Peninsula through late Wednesday. These heavy rains may cause localized flooding in rivers, low-lying areas and on roadways, especially in areas that received a significant amount of rainfall earlier this month.

Emergency Management Officials Urge Floridians To Use Caution As Heavy Rain And Severe Weather Is Possible Across The State Through Wednesday

10/14/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 14-17, 2011
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10/14/11 - Emergency Management Officials Encourage Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected For Southeast Florida Beaches

rip currents imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to use caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected along the Southeast coastline Saturday through Monday. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

There is also a moderate risk of rip currents expected along East Central Florida beaches between Volusia and Martin Counties. Rip currents can develop at any time and swimmers should use caution when entering the water.

“Strong onshore winds and ocean swells may create rough beach conditions this weekend including dangerous rip currents along the beaches of Southeast Florida,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Beachgoers and surfers should check the rip current outlook, swim near lifeguards and remember the beach warning flag system before going into the water.”

Emergency Management Officials Encourage Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected For Southeast Florida Beaches

10/14/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 11-14, 2011
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10/07/11 - Emergency Management Officials Urge Floridians To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings The Potential For Heavy Rainfall Across The State This Weekend And Early Next Week

The Florida Division of Emergency Management with local emergency management officials are advising all residents and visitors across the state to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system develops and brings multiple hazards to the state this weekend and early next week.

"A complex weather pattern along with a low pressure system that is forecasted to develop and move northward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico could bring heavy rainfall. gusty winds and several marine weather hazards across much of the state beginning this weekend and lingering into early next week," said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. "All residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor their NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio for any potential watches or warnings that may be issued for their area."

Areas along the eastern Peninsula may see rainfall amounts between two and eight inches through Tuesday evening, with the highest amounts expected over coastal areas. Western Peninsula areas and the Florida Big Bend could receive one to three inches of rain. Higher rainfall amounts are possible, especially where heavy rain bands develop, and this rainfall could cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. A Flood Watch has been issued for Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia Counties. Additional watches are possible throughout the weekend.

Emergency Management Officials Urge Floridians To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings The Potential For Heavy Rainfall Across The State This Weekend And Early Next Week

10/06/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 6-10, 2011
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10/05/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today For Florida's Southern Atlantic Coast Beaches

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers on the Southern Atlantic Coastline to use caution as a high risk of dangerous rip currents is expected today and are likely to continue through this weekend. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Persistent and strong onshore winds along Florida’s Southern Atlantic Coast may create rough beach conditions including a high rip current risk today from Palm Beach County through Miami-Dade County,” said Michelle Palmer, Deputy State Meteorologist. “Beachgoers should always check the warning flag signs before entering the water, swim within sight of a lifeguard and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today For Florida's Southern Atlantic Coast Beaches

10/04/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook October 4-7, 2011
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09/30/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook September 30-October 3, 2011
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09/12/11 - September Marks The Historical Peak Of Hurricane Season

2011 Hurricane Season BannerSeptember 10th marked the annual historical peak of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Florida Division of Emergency Management officials urge residents and visitors to stay prepared. As this year’s season has already been very active, Division officials caution residents that the 2011 season runs through November 30th and several more tropical developments are still possible. To date, the National Hurricane Center has identified twelve named tropical storms, two of which have reached hurricane status. 

“While we are fortunate that Florida has not suffered any major damage due to storms so far this season, we still have twelve more weeks before hurricane season officially ends,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “It is vital that every individual is prepared for any tropical storms that may threaten our state and I strongly urge Floridians to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to create or update their family and business disaster plans.”

September Marks The Historical Peak Of Hurricane Season

09/01/11 - Governor Rick Scott Proclaims September As Florida Preparedness Month

Florida Preparedness Month is SeptemberGovernor Rick Scott today proclaimed September 2011 ‘Florida Preparedness Month’ to raise awareness amongst all Floridians on the importance of being prepared for all hazards that face the state. In recognition of the month, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will participate with more than 3,200 public and private sector organizations throughout the country as a part of National Preparedness Month and the Ready.gov awareness campaign to promote the value of disaster preparedness.

“It is essential that Floridians take the time to prepare their families, homes and businesses for the possibility of natural and other disasters,” said Governor Scott. “We encourage every resident to recognize the importance of creating a plan now, to ensure they are ready to protect themselves and their loved ones from the wide array of hazards we face in Florida.”

Governor Rick Scott Proclaims September As Florida Preparedness Month
2011 Florida Preparedness Month

09/27/11 - Weekly Report

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Weekly Weather Outlook September 27-30, 2011
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09/27/11 - A High Risk of Rip Currents Expected Today For Central Florida Beaches

rip currents imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties to use extreme caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected today. By tomorrow, these conditions will begin to subside. However, it is important to remember that when red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

“Though scattered showers are in the forecast, some areas will be experiencing great beach weather today. But because of ocean swells and local conditions, dangerous rip currents are expected along the beaches of Central Florida,” said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. “Beachgoers should check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard.”

A High Risk of Rip Currents Expected Today For Central Florida Beaches

09/22/11 - Weekly Report

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09/09/11 - The Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001 Commemorated Thoughout The United States

Remember September 11On September 11, 2011, Americans will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 93 and the intended attack on the Capital Building. In recognition of this day, the Florida Division of Emergency Management asks all Florida residents to take time to remember the men, women and children whose lives were lost, as well as their families, and to honor these brave individuals who responded to the deadly attacks.

“For all Americans, September 11 is a day seared into our memories as the threats of terrorism became much more real,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director for the Division of Emergency Management. “Today we take an extra moment to remember those that perished, including our brothers and sisters in the first responder community and the heroic actions they undertook in the face of indescribable horror.”

“On this, the tenth anniversary, a moment of silence will be shared by Division personnel at 8:46 a.m. EST; the time the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center,” said Director Koon. “In the months and years that have followed, there are many who gave their all to protect our country. Our remembrance will include the valiant troops overseas who have since made great sacrifices in the service of the United States.” 

The Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001 Commemorated Thoughout The United States

09/06/11 - Residents And Visitors Cautioned As Dangerous Rip Currents Expected Through Friday Along Atlantic Coast Beaches

rip currents imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers along the entire Florida Atlantic Coast to use caution as a high risk of dangerous rip currents is expected through Friday. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

“Though Hurricane Katia will remain well offshore of the Florida Coast, large ocean swells from this powerful storm is producing an elevated risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “Residents and visitors to the Atlantic beaches should check the rip current outlook before heading out and heed any rip current warnings from local officials by knowing the beach warning flag system.”

Residents And Visitors Cautioned As Dangerous Rip Currents Expected Through Friday Along Atlantic Coast Beaches

09/02/11 - The Florida Division Of Emergency Management's Bureau Of Mitigation Receives Federal Mitigation Awards

The Florida Division of Emergency Management's Bureau of Mitigation is pleased to announce several recent federal mitigation awards.  The first is a Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant to the City of St. Augustine for the fortification of a historic seawall located just south of the Bridge of Lions.

A second achievement comes in the form of an FMA grant to the Volusia County Emergency Management Division to acquire and demolish 22 residential structures that have experienced repeated flooded over the years.

Finally, Bureau of Mitigation grant staff has worked aggressively to address the high number of severe repetitive loss properties in the jurisdiction of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, a part of Pensacola Beach in Escambia County. Please read for more details about the awards.

FDEM's Bureau Of Mitigation Receives Federal Mitigation Awards

09/01/11 - Weekly Report

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09/02/11 - Panhandle Residents Urged To Use Caution As Tropical Storm Lee Brings Heavy Rain And The Potential For Flooding

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors in the Panhandle region to remain vigilant near local rivers and use caution on area roadways as Tropical Storm Lee impacts the area through the Labor Day weekend. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa counties from Friday evening through Monday evening. Additional Flash Flood or Flood Watches may be issued this weekend for portions Northwest Florida.

“It is vital that residents and visitors in Northwest Florida remember the phrase “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when approaching a flooded roadway and heed all warnings from the National Weather Service and local officials,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management. “We urge motorists in the area to take the time to use a different route if they encounter roads that are underwater. “  

“Although the center of Tropical Storm Lee may stay west of the state, widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms on the eastern side of this slow moving system will bring the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding beginning this evening in the Florida Panhandle,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey.

Panhandle Residents Urged To Use Caution As Tropical Storm Lee Brings Heavy Rain And The Potential For Flooding

09/01/11 - Residents And Visitors Are Encouraged To Use Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected At Florida Panhandle Beaches Through Labor Day Weekend

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers along the entire Florida Panhandle Coast from Franklin County westward to Escambia County to use caution as a high risk of dangerous rip currents is expected due to the potential for strong winds and high waves from a tropical low pressure system in the central Gulf of Mexico that may affect the coast through the upcoming Labor Day weekend. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Gulf of Mexico can be dangerous.

“Increasing onshore winds and high waves could create dangerous beach conditions this weekend along the northern Gulf Coast,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “Beachgoers should always check the warning flag signs before entering the water, swim within sight of a lifeguard and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

Breaking waves of 4-7 feet will be possible along the beach, resulting in minor beach erosion and dangerous rip currents in the area. Higher waves and winds are possible along Florida’s coastal waters and marine interests should make plans to secure small vessels.

Residents And Visitors Are Encouraged To Use Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected At Florida Panhandle Beaches Through Labor Day Weekend

08/29/11 - Weekly Report

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08/26/11 - Emergency Management Officials Urge Residents And Visitors To Stay Safe This Weekend As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Continues Along Atlantic Coast Beaches And High Heat Indices Are Expected Statewide

Hurricane imageSun & Thermometer imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers along the entire Florida Atlantic Coast to continue to use caution as a high risk of dangerous rip currents is expected to continue due to lingering strong winds and high waves from Hurricane Irene through the weekend. In addition, near record temperatures combined with lingering tropical moisture will result in dangerously high heat index values for much of the state through Monday.

“Although Hurricane Irene is moving north, east of our state, there is a continuing high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “Residents and visitors to the Atlantic beaches should be aware of the beach warning flags and heed any instructions from local officials regarding swimming in our coastal waters.”

A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties where breaking waves of 6 to12 feet will be possible along the beach, resulting in moderate beach erosion and dangerous rip currents in the area. Higher waves and winds are expected along Florida’s coastal waters and recreational boaters are encouraged to stay in port until the waves subside. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

Emergency Management Officials Urge Residents And Visitors To Stay Safe This Weekend As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Continues Along Atlantic Coast Beaches And High Heat Indices Are Expected Statewide

08/24/11 - Residents And Visitors Cautioned As Hurricane Irene Expected To Cause Dangerous Rip Currents Along Atlantic Coast Beaches

Hurricane imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers along the entire Florida Atlantic Coast to use caution as a high risk of dangerous rip currents is expected due to strong winds and high waves from Hurricane Irene through the weekend. 

“The strong winds of Hurricane Irene are producing an extremely high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “Residents and visitors to the Atlantic beaches should check the rip current outlook before heading out and remain out of the water until Irene has exited our coastal waters.”

There is also a High Surf Advisory in effect for Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties where breaking waves of 6 to12 feet will be possible along the beach, resulting in moderate beach erosion and dangerous rip currents in the area. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous. Higher waves and winds are expected along Florida’s coastal waters and marine interests should make plans to secure their vessels. 

Residents And Visitors Cautioned As Hurricane Irene Expected To Cause Dangerous Rip Currents Along Atlantic Coast Beaches

08/25/11 - Special Tropical Weather Outlook

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08/22/11 - Florida Division of Emergency Management Monitors Hurricane Irene's Track and Any Potential Impacts to Florida Later This Week

Hurricane imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials continue to actively monitor Hurricane Irene, the first named Hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

"The Florida Division of Emergency Management has been monitoring this storm for several days and is ready to respond to any and all requests from our county partners if assistance is needed," said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "We encourage all residents, businesses, and visitors of Florida to monitor the storm through trusted outlets and ensure that their disaster plans and hurricane supply kits are up to date and stocked."

The Division is encouraging all residents and visitors statewide to be aware of the potential impacts of Hurricane Irene and advise all Florida residents to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org where individuals and businesses can build a disaster plan and a checklist to complete their disaster supply kits.

Florida DEM Monitors Hurricane Irene

08/23/11 - Hurricane Irene

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08/11/11 - Florida Residents And Visitors Reminded To Practice Fire Safety

Firewise imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding residents and visitors statewide to practice fire safety as dangerous fire weather conditions are expected this week and weekend. Above normal temperatures combined with breezy winds, low humidity, low chances for rain and very high drought values will make many areas especially prone to the development and rapid spread of wildfires.

The Fire Danger Index, from the Florida Division of Forestry, shows Florida counties at a high to very high risk for wildfires and Red Flag Warnings posted by the National Weather Service indicate exceptionally dangerous fire weather conditions.  Burn bans are in place for 15 Florida counties, including Alachua, Baker, Citrus, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Union and Volusia counties.

To promote awareness, the Division urges Floridians to become Firewise and to GET A PLAN! for their homes and businesses to prevent potentially hazardous wildfires. “We ask that Floridians practice caution when using flammable materials in and outside of the home,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “As dry conditions continue, we can all do our part to become Firewise and stay safe.”

Florida Residents And Visitors Reminded To Practice Fire Safety

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08/11/11 - Florida Residents And Visitors Across The Panhandle Advised To Use Caution Today As Dangerous Heat Indices Are Expected

heat, sun, thermometer imageFlorida Emergency Management officials are advising residents and visitors along the Panhandle to use caution today as afternoon temperatures are forecast to be above normal with heat indices as high as 105 to 110 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Bay and Walton counties through the afternoon and early evening as high heat indices are expected to persist for several hours.  

“The Panhandle is expected to experience dangerously high temperatures and heat index values throughout this afternoon,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “We want to remind our residents and visitors how important it is to take precautions by remaining hydrated and avoiding extended hours in the afternoon sun when possible.”

Florida Residents And Visitors Across The Panhandle Advised To Use Caution Today As Dangerous Heat Indices Are Expected

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08/01/11 - Florida Residents And Visitors Reminded To Use Caution This Week As Extreme Heat Indices Are Expected To Continue

Firewise imageFlorida Emergency Management officials are continuing to advise residents and visitors statewide to use caution this week as afternoon temperatures could be well above normal with heat indices as high as 115 degrees. The highest temperatures and heat index values are currently forecast for North Florida areas between Jacksonville and Pensacola.

“Even higher temperatures and heat index values are forecast across the entire state this week and could reach dangerous levels,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “It is very important that our residents and visitors take precautions by keeping hydrated and avoiding extended hours in the afternoon sun when at all possible.”

Florida Residents And Visitors Reminded To Use Caution This Week As Extreme Heat Indices Are Expected To Continue

08/04/11 - Special Edition Tropical Storm Emily Update

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7/28/11 - Florida Residents and Visitors Advised To Use Caution This Weekend As High Heat Indices Are Expected

fire iconFlorida Emergency Management officials are advising residents and visitors statewide to use caution Friday through Sunday as afternoon temperatures may be above normal with heat indices as high as 105 to 110 degrees.

“Temperatures and heat index values could reach dangerous levels across the entire Florida Peninsula and Florida Panhandle over the next few days,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “It is important that our residents and visitors take precautions by remaining hydrated and avoiding extended hours in the afternoon sun when possible.”

Florida Residents and Visitors Advised To Use Caution This Weekend As High Heat Indices Are Expected

7/28/11 - Emergency Management Officials Encourage Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Are Expected Today For Southeast Florida Beaches

fire iconFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to use extreme caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected today. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents expected along East Central Florida beaches between Volusia and Martin Counties. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

In addition, ocean swells from Tropical Storm Don may create high waves along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast, resulting in a moderate risk of rip currents along West Central Florida beaches between Pinellas and Sarasota Counties and along the Florida Panhandle from Franklin County west to Escambia County. Rip currents can develop at any time and swimmers should use caution when entering the water.

“Moderate onshore winds and ocean swells can create rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the beaches of Southeast Florida today,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Beachgoers should always check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard.”  During the months between June 1 and November 30, it is especially important that residents and visitors be aware of weather conditions in the Atlantic and the Gulf, as seasonal severe weather can impact Florida’s shoreline. 

Emergency Management Officials Encourage Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Are Expected Today For Southeast Florida Beaches

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06/13/11 - GOVERNOR SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR WILDFIRES

fire iconGovernor Scott has signed Executive Order 11-128 regarding the declaration of a State of Emergency due to the ongoing danger of wildfires and drought conditions that continues to threaten the state of Florida. This order ensures state, regional, and local governments can take necessary actions to protect the lives and property of the people in threatened communities. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s wildfires, visit www.fl-dof.com/wildfire/information.html.

Executive Order 11-128

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07/08/11 - 2011 Hurricane Season

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06/16/11 - Florida Residents Advised To Use Caution This Week As Dangerous Heat Indices Are Expected In Northwest Florida

Florida Emergency Management officials are advising residents and visitors of the Florida Panhandle to continue to use caution this week as afternoon temperatures may be above normal with heat indices as high as 105 to110 degrees throughout inland areas of the eastern Panhandle and western Big Bend coastlines.

“Temperatures and heat index values could reach dangerous levels across portions of North Florida over the next few days,” said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. “It is important that our residents and visitors take precautions by remaining hydrated and avoiding extended hours in the afternoon sun when possible.”

Florida Residents Advised To Use Caution This Week As Dangerous Heat Indices Are Expected In Northwest Florida

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06/01/11 - GET A PLAN!

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06/10/11 - A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today For Southeast Florida Beaches

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to use extreme caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected today. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous. Although the rest of the state will see a low risk this afternoon, rip currents can develop at any time and swimmers should use caution when entering the water.

“Though the area will experience warm, pleasant summer weather, strong onshore winds and ocean swells can create rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the beaches of Southeast Florida today,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Beachgoers should check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard.”

HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS EXPECTED TODAY FOR SOUTHEAST FLORIDA BEACHES

06/01/11 - Residents Urged To Prepare As Today Marks The Beginning Of The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season Begins June 1 imageState emergency management officials are urging all Florida residents to prepare for a potential hurricane or tropical storm impact as today marks the start of the 2011 Hurricane Season. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are anticipating above-average tropical activity this year, with the formation of as many as 12 to 18 named storms and 6 to 10 hurricanes. Florida residents are urged to develop a family disaster plan and build a disaster supply kit before a potential tropical system may threaten the state.

"As we begin the 2011 hurricane season, I encourage all Florida residents to create a family disaster plan and build a disaster supply kit," said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "Taking the time to prepare today can help keep you and your family safe if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens our state this season."

Residents Urged To Prepare As Today Marks The Beginning Of The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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06/14/11 - Floridians Encouraged To Practice Heat Safety Tomorrow As Dangerous Heat Indices Are Expected

Florida Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents and visitors to the Sunshine State to take precautions tomorrow as afternoon temperatures may reach above normal in the 95 to102 degree range, with heat indices as high as 108 to 112 degrees, from Walton County east to Liberty County.

Florida Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents and visitors to the Sunshine State to take precautions tomorrow as afternoon temperatures may reach above normal in the 95 to102 degree range, with heat indices as high as 108 to 112 degrees, from Walton County east to Liberty County.

Floridians Encouraged To Practice Heat Safety Tomorrow As Dangerous Heat Indices Are Expected

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06/06/11 - THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL RIP CURRENT AWARENESS WEEK

rip current imageTALLAHASSEE - - Florida emergency management officials are reminding residents and visitors that June 5-11, 2011 is National Rip Current Awareness Week. Beachgoers in the Sunshine State are urged to learn about this hazard and ways to stay safe from rip currents this summer.

“Beachgoers and surfers should be aware that rip currents can be found throughout the year along many of Florida’s beaches,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Rip Current Awareness Week is a perfect opportunity for our residents and visitors to ensure a safe and enjoyable Florida beach and boating experience by learning about how to identify and protect themselves from this hazard.”

This Week is National Rip Current Awareness Week

06/03/11 - Weekly Report

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05/31/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected For Southeast Florida Beaches This Week

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to use extreme caution as a high risk of frequent rip currents is expected Tuesday through Sunday this week. A moderate risk of rip currents is also expected for the remainder of the Florida East Coast from Nassau County south through Martin County. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

“Though the weather will be mainly warm and sunny, breezy onshore winds will cause a moderate to high risk of rip currents along the entire Florida Atlantic coast,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Beachgoers should check the warning flag signs before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard.” 

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected For Southeast Florida Beaches This Week

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05/27/11 - 2011 Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week Highlights KIDSGETAPLAN.Com

KidsGetAPlan.com Governor Rick Scott proclaimed the week of May 22 – 28, 2011 as Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management is reminding all Floridians to include children and teens in their hurricane preparedness planning by introducing them to www.KidsGetAPlan.com.   

KidsGetAPlan.com was designed to give Florida’s youngest residents an engaging and educational tool to learn about disaster preparedness,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “The website was created specifically to help children better understand preparing for potential disasters in a non-threatening way with friendly characters and fun activities.”   

Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week Highlights KIDSGETAPLAN.Com

05/26/11 - Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

“During a disaster, you may not have enough time to adequately plan and prepare for your pets’ needs,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “I encourage all residents to take the opportunity during this Week to consider what you would do with your pets if a tropical system threatened your area and to plan for their needs.” 

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

05/26/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management Receives The National 2011 Tom Lee State Award

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has awarded the Florida Division of Emergency Management the National 2011 Tom Lee State Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management. The award was presented at the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) conference in Louisville, Kentucky on May 19, 2011. 

“I am extremely proud of our state floodplain management team for their continued commitment to helping Florida’s communities reduce flood risk,” said Director Bryan W. Koon of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Our floodplain management staff often goes above and beyond to assist Florida’s residents, and it is an honor for our team to be recognized with this prestigious award.”

Florida Division Of Emergency Management Receives The National 2011 Tom Lee State Award

05/24/11 - Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week Highlights Personal Preparedness And Building A Disaster Supply Kit

Disaster Supply Kit imageGovernor Scott proclaimed the week of May 22 – 28, 2011 as Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management is reminding all Floridians of the importance of personal preparedness and building a disaster supply kit before a hurricane threatens your area. 

“We encourage every Floridian to take personal responsibility for their family’s hurricane preparedness,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Division of Emergency Management.  “A personal disaster plan and a well-stocked disaster supply kit are essential tools to ensure your family’s safety and security during a hurricane.” 

Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week Highlights Personal Preparedness And Building A Disaster Supply Kit

05/23/11 - Governor Scott Proclaims May 22-28, 2011 As Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week

Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week May 22-28, 2011 imageGovernor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 22-28, 2011 as Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week. All Floridians are urged to take the necessary measures this week to prepare for the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season which begins June 1.

“Though our state has avoided a land-falling hurricane for the last five years, now is not the time to become complacent,” said Governor Scott. “I encourage everyone to take the opportunity during this important week to prepare their homes, families and businesses for what could be an active season.”

Various preparedness events will take place throughout the state this week and residents should consult their local emergency management agency to find out about events in their area. This year, the Week occurs during the annual Statewide Hurricane Exercise, an important training event held by Florida’s local, state and federal responders to prepare for a potential hurricane this season.

“I am grateful for Governor Scott’s declaration and his dedication to building a ‘culture of preparedness’ in Florida,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “To ‘Get A Plan!’ for your family or business, go to www.FloridaDisaster.org today. A little preparation now could be a lifesaver this hurricane season.”

Governor Scott Proclaims May 22-28, 2011 As Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week Release
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05/23/11 - Florida State Emergency Response Team To Participate In 2011 Statewide Hurricane Exercise

SERT logoThe State Emergency Response Team (SERT) will participate in the 2011 Statewide Hurricane Exercise to practice Florida’s emergency plans and procedures for a potential hurricane landfall. Along with federal, local, and private-sector partners, the state will conduct simulated emergency response efforts and help manage an evolving hurricane scenario. The exercise will take place from May 23-27, 2011.

“Florida is the hurricane capital of the United States, and we have to be ready if a tropical system threatens Florida,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “This exercise will help us ensure that we can meet the needs of survivors if a hurricane makes landfall in our state.”

The 2011 Statewide Hurricane Exercise will also enable the SERT to examine its capability to conduct operations at a secondary site if a disaster leaves the State Emergency Operations Center inoperable. Exercise participants will travel to the state’s alternate emergency coordination facility at Camp Blanding, Florida to manage the response to Hurricane Griffin, the name of the simulated hurricane.  Additional staff will remain in Tallahassee to ensure that the state maintains its ability to support a response to a real-world event.

Florida State Emergency Response Team To Participate In 2011 Statewide Hurricane Exercise

05/20/11 - Digital Billboard Operators Across Florida To Broadcast Test Emergency Alerts During Statewide Hurricane Exercise May 23-26, 2011

Statewide Hurricane Exercise Billboard imageThe Florida Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA) and its operator members, will sponsor important test emergency alerts to be broadcast on digital billboards across Florida.  This will occur in coordination with the start of the State Emergency Response Team’s Statewide Hurricane Exercise on May 23, 2011.

“This FOAA public alert system will help us ensure our residents and visitors get critical information should a real hurricane threaten our state this season,” said Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bryan W. Koon. “We greatly appreciate this partnership with the FOAA and the dedication of its members to the safety and wellbeing of Floridians during disasters.” 

Digital Billboard Operators Across Florida To Broadcast Test Emergency Alerts During Statewide Hurricane Exercise May 23-26, 2011

05/20/11 - Weekly Report

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05/26/11 - Florida Panhandle Residents Urged To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Tonight

State and local emergency management officials are encouraging residents and visitors along the western Florida Panhandle to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves east into the state today and tonight. 

“The Storm Prediction Center has placed the western Florida Panhandle in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms this afternoon through this evening,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “We strongly encourage residents and visitors across the region to monitor this weather system and to be prepared to act if warnings are issued.”

This storm system will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts, hail and isolated tornadoes, along with locally heavy rainfall up to one inch. 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.

Florida Panhandle Residents Urged To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Tonight

05/20/11 - Floridians Are Encouraged To Help Recent U.S. Tornado And Flood Survivors

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management, along with the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Volunteer Florida) and Florida’s Disaster Fund (Florida’s Foundation) are encouraging Floridians to assist the Southeastern and Central United States that were impacted by tornadoes late last month and are still facing devastating damage from flooding. However, these agencies encourage Floridians to donate wisely to ensure donations are helpful and effective.

“Floridians know, based on our own history of hurricanes and other disasters, that the coordination of volunteers and donations is essential to recovery,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Floridians Are Encouraged To Help Recent U.S. Tornado And Flood Survivors

04/29/11 - Did You Know?

Watches and Warnings

Watch and Warning ImageAfter yesterday's severe weather throughout the Southern United States, we thought that a quick reminder about some important weather terms might be helpful to Florida's residents and visitors. Do you know what the differences are between the "Watches" and "Warnings" issued by the National Weather Service?

The National Weather Service issues Watches and Warnings to signify different levels of hazardous weather conditions. A Watch indicates that conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to occur in a given area. A Warning means hazardous weather is occurring, imminent or highly likely in that area.

Did You Know? Watches and Warnings

05/16/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management To Participate In The 25th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference

Governor's Hurricane Conference imageThe 2011 Governor’s Hurricane Conference will take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from May 15-20, 2011. Florida’s state and county emergency managers will join counterparts from throughout the country to engage in trainings and workshops, discussions on best emergency management practices, and other learning opportunities that will enhance Florida’s ability to effectively manage hurricane response and recovery operations. Governor Rick Scott will address the convention on May 18.

“This conference is one of the premier forums in the country where experts convene to share ways to better protect our residents and visitors from the devastation of tropical systems,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “The 25-year tradition of this event demonstrates the dedication of our federal, state and local responders to continually improving the way our state responds and recovers from hurricanes.”

Florida Division Of Emergency Management To Participate In The 25th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference

05/17/11 - Weekly Report

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05/06/11 - Florida Responds To Mississippi And Alabama's Requests For Assistance In Tornado Disaster Recovery

Mississippi-Alabama-SERT imageThe State of Florida has received requests from the states of Mississippi and Alabama to provide trained disaster personnel to assist in the recovery from recent severe weather that produced devastating tornados across the region. The Division of Emergency Management provides interstate assistance as a part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which allows disaster-impacted states to request and receive assistance from other states quickly and efficiently. 

“Our utmost concern is for the health and safety of the residents of the states impacted by this disaster,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “In accordance with our Emergency Management Assistance Compact, we send our solemn support in this time of great need.”

Florida Responds To Mississippi And Alabama's Requests For Assistance In Tornado Disaster Recovery

05/13/11 - Beachgoers In Palm Beach County Are Reminded To Use Caution Today As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach County to be aware today as a high risk of rip currents is expected. There is also a moderate risk for beaches along the entire Atlantic Coast. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Strong wind and wave conditions are elevating the chance of dangerous rip currents along Florida’s Atlantic Coast today,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Residents and visitors should first check the rip current outlook before entering the water and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

Beachgoers In Palm Beach County Are Reminded To Use Caution Today As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Is Expected

05/10/11 - Weekly Report

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05/02/11 - High Risk Of Dangerous Rip Currents Expected For Florida's East Coast Beaches Today And Tomorrow

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are encouraging beachgoers in Volusia County south through Miami-Dade County to use extreme caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected today though Tuesday. Also, there is a moderate risk of rip currents in Flagler County north to Nassau County today through Thursday. When red flags are flying, beachgoers need to be aware that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

“Though the weather will be warm in Central and Southern Florida today, steady onshore winds will combine with ocean swells to cause a high risk of rip currents along much of the state’s Atlantic Coast,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Beachgoers should check the warning flags before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard.”

High Risk Of Dangerous Rip Currents Expected For Florida's East Coast Beaches Today And Tomorrow

04/29/11 - Weekly Report

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04/28/11 - Florida Receives Fire Management Assistance Grant For Wildfire In Collier County

The State of Florida has received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), allowing the use of federal funds to reimburse response costs to fight the Slope Wildfire in Collier County. 

“We are very grateful for the rapid response from FEMA to our request for assistance,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “This Fire Management Assistance Grant will ensure that local and state responders have the resources they need to fight this wildfire and to help save homes and property.”

Florida Receives Fire Management Assistance Grant For Wildfire In Collier County

04/25/11 - Weekly Report

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04/19/11 - Did You Know?

Preparedness Information for Mobile Home Residents

palm tree and beach image Many Floridians live in mobile homes throughout the state. Like all Floridians, everyone who lives in a mobile home should take a few safety precautions before an emergency. That is why we are encouraging every family living or staying in a mobile home to have their own emergency action plan and disaster supply kit.

An emergency action plan should help residents determine before an emergency where they will go, how they will take care of friends, family members, and those with special needs, and include other important safety information. A disaster supply kit should have enough food, water, and medicine to last each member of a person's family for 3 days. Residents can visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to get more information on preparing for emergencies.

Did You Know? Preparedness Information for Mobile Home Residents

04/27/11 - Severe Weather Expected Across The Panhandle And Northern Florida Tonight Through Thursday

The Florida Division of Emergency Management with local emergency management officials are advising residents and visitors across the Panhandle and Northern Florida to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves east into the state tonight through Thursday. 

“ A squall line of thunderstorms developing west of the state will enter the Florida Panhandle late this evening and move eastward overnight and early Thursday in the Florida Big Bend, before moving through the Florida Peninsula on Thursday,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “All residents and visitors across the state are encouraged to monitor their NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio throughout the storm’s progression for any potential watches or warnings that may be issued for their area.”

Severe Weather Expected Across The Panhandle And Northern Florida Tonight Through Thursday

04/26/11 - Emerald Coast Beaches Under A High Risk Of Rip Currents Through Thursday

palm tree and beach imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties to be aware Tuesday through Thursday as a high risk of rip currents is expected. There is also a moderate risk for beaches along the entire Atlantic Coast. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Rough surf and dangerous rip currents along Florida’s Emerald Coast are expected ahead of a strong cold front approaching from the west,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Residents and visitors should first check the rip current outlook before entering the water and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

Emerald Coast Beaches Under A High Risk Of Rip Currents Through Thursday

04/22/11 - Weekly Report

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04/25/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Along Florida's Southeast Coast Today

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to be aware today as a high risk of rip currents is expected. There is also a moderate risk for beaches along the East Coast from Nassau County south to Martin County through Tuesday. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Strong onshore winds will cause rough surf and dangerous rip currents along Florida’s Southeast coast today,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “It’s important to check the beach warning flags before entering the water and to swim within sight of a lifeguard whenever possible.”

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Along Florida's Southeast Coast Today

04/19/11 - Weekly Report

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04/14/11 - Did You Know?

If You Encounter Smoke: Driving Safety Tips

palm tree and beach image Florida's wildlands can burn at any time of year, under almost any weather condition. Where there is fire, there is ultimately smoke, and smoke does not mix well with safe driving.

Unforseen changes in weather may create conditions where visibility on roadways is seriously impaired. Under these conditions drivers need to be cautious. The best decision is not to drive in fog or smoke. But if you must drive under these conditions, there are actions that every driver should take to protect themselves and their passengers.

Did You Know? If You Encounter Smoke: Driving Safety Tips

04/15/11 - Weekly Report

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04/15/11 - Strong Cold Front To Bring Potentially Severe Weather Tonight To Florida Panhandle And Big Bend Areas

State and local emergency management officials are encouraging residents and visitors in the Florida Panhandle and Florida Big Bend areas to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves into the area.

"The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has placed all of the Florida Panhandle and Western Big Bend in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms on Friday night into Saturday," said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. "This severe weather threat may spread east through Saturday, and we encourage residents and visitors across the region to monitor this weather system and to be prepared to act if warnings are issued."

This storm system will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes. 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.

Strong Cold Front To Bring Potentially Severe Weather Tonight To Florida Panhandle And Big Bend Areas

04/15/11 - Florida Panhandle Residents And Visitors Advised To Use Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today And Tomorrow

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers along the Panhandle in Escambia County east to Gulf County, to be aware today and tomorrow as a high risk of rip currents is expected. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Strong onshore winds ahead of an approaching cold front forecast to enter the state tonight will cause dangerous rip currents along the Florida Panhandle,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “With these conditions, residents and visitors to the beaches of Florida should check the rip current outlook before entering the water and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

Florida Panhandle Residents And Visitors Advised To Use Caution As A High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Today And Tomorrow

04/10/11 - Florida Wildfire Awareness Week

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Florida Wildfire Awareness Week April 10-15, 2011
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4/10/11 - Florida Emergency Managers Highlight Wildfire Awareness Week

2011 Florida Wildfire Awareness WeekFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding residents and visitors that April 10-15, 2011 is Wildfire Awareness Week. To promote awareness, Division Director Bryan Koon urges Floridians to become Firewise and to GET A PLAN! for their homes and businesses against potentially hazardous wildfires. Though portions of the state have experienced intermittent rainfall over the past few weeks, many areas remain in a moderate drought. This less than average rainfall, combined with increasing temperatures could lead to the potential for wildfires this spring and early summer.

“Wildfires can start at any time of the year, but spring is considered the peak of the season,” said Koon. “Because of this continual threat, we want all Floridians to be aware and prepared for wildfires, now and throughout the year.”

Florida Emergency Managers Highlight Wildfire Awareness Week

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04/08/11 - U.S. Small Business Administration Approves Disaster Loan Programs For Residents In Hillsborough County Impacted By Severe Weather

Governor Rick Scott announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his April 5, 2011 request for a Physical Disaster Declaration to aid Hillsborough County residents impacted by the severe weather event on March 31. This declaration makes available low-interest disaster loans to eligible affected households and businesses in Hillsborough County and the neighboring counties of Hardee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk.

“I am grateful to Administrator Mills, Director Skaggs and our federal partners at the SBA for granting this critical disaster assistance,” said Governor Scott. “These low-interest loans are an excellent resource to help residents recover from the damaging severe weather that swept the state last week.”

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03/17/11 - Did You Know?

palm tree and beach imageAccording to the United States Department of Energy, nuclear power plants provide approximately 20 percent of the country's overall power production. In Florida, nuclear power accounts for approximately 15 percent of the state's total electric capacity.

Nuclear power plants are rigorously monitored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. To meet federal requirements, each facility undergoes frequent emergency preparedness drills. State and local governments also provide additional oversight and both scheduled and unannounced inspections are conducted throughout the year. Nuclear power facilities must also have a detailed emergency plan available for those who live, work, visit, or attend school within 10 miles of the facility.

Did You Know? Nuclear Power Plants

04/08/11 - Weekly Report

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04/04/11 - Strong Cold Front Brings More Severe Weather Across The Panhandle And Northern Florida Tonight Through Tuesday

The Florida Division of Emergency Management with local emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors across the Panhandle and Northern Florida to stay alert and exercise caution as another potentially severe storm system moves east into the state tonight through Tuesday.

“ A squall line of thunderstorms developing ahead of a front will enter the Florida Panhandle late this evening and move quickly eastward overnight into the Florida Big Bend, before moving through the Florida Peninsula on Tuesday,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey.  “We encourage all residents and visitors across the state to protect their home by securing any outdoor property and monitoring their NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio for any potential watches or warnings during the night.”

Strong Cold Front Brings More Severe Weather Across The Panhandle And Northern Florida Tonight Through Tuesday

04/01/11 - Weekly Report

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03/31/11 - FLASH REPORT No. 2 for March 31, 2011

heavy rainstormCurrent Situation: A severe storm system moved through Central Florida, producing damaging winds, heavy rain, and hail.  As a result of the severe weather, damage was reported at the “Sun n Fun” event at the Lakeland/Linder Airport.  Six people have been transported for injuries; six have been treated on site.  American Red Cross reports that four shelters are on standby. Damage has also been reported at Progress Village in Hillsborough County. Additional damage has also been reported in Polk, Hillsborough, Seminole, and Pinellas Counties. 

Current  Weather : A low pressure system and cold front that developed over the Gulf of Mexico is crossing the state with an associated line of strong thunderstorms. Some of the thunderstorms have been severe, with numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings issued across North and Central Florida. Additional strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, lightning and isolated tornadoes will be possible through the evening. A Tornado Watch remains in effect for much of Central and South Florida through 8pm EDT Thursday. At this time, no tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service.  

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03/29/11 - Weekly Report

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03/30/11 - Florida Residents Urged To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Today And Tomorrow

heavy rainstormThe Florida Division of Emergency Management with local emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors across Florida to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves east into the state today and Thursday with the potential to produce tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and hail, along with one to three inches of rain. 

“The Storm Prediction Center has placed North Florida, Central Florida and northern portions of South Florida in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms from early Wednesday morning through Thursday night,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “This is a robust storm system, residents and visitors across the region are encouraged to monitor this weather system and be prepared to act if warnings are issued.”

Florida Residents Urged To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Today And Tomorrow

03/25/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management Conducts A Successful Exercise With Turkey Point Nuclear Power Facility

palm tree and beach imageThe Florida Division of Emergency Management received a draft evaluation this week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the state, in coordination with county partners and Florida Power and Light, has conducted a successful exercise on February 23, 2011 with the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant located in Biscayne Bay, Florida.

“I applaud our state, local and private sector team’s dedication to successfully completing this annual exercise,” said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Every individual who participated showed exceptional effort to make this exercise a success.”    

Emergency Management Conducts A Successful Exercise With Turkey Point Nuclear Power Facility

03/15/11 - Did You Know?

palm tree and beach imageThe threat of a major tsunami or earthquake to Florida's residents and communities is very low. Florida is generally unaffected by these events because the Atlantic Ocean basin does not have the large faults or volcanoes that contribute to most of the catastrophic seismic activity in the Pacific Ocean.

Tsunamis are generated when the sea floor abruptly deforms and vertically displaces the overlying water. Also known as tidal waves, these disastrous waves are rare threats to Florida. Despite the unlikelihood of a tsunami impacting Florida, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains early-detection buoys off the Atlantic seaboard and in the Caribbean Sea. If a potential tsunami is suspected, the Tsunami Warning Center will issue watches and warnings for the appropriate area.

Did You Know? Earthquakes and Tsumanis

03/24/11 - Weekly Report

2011 National  Flood Awareness Week

Weekly Weather Update March 24 - 28, 2011
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03/22/11 - Weekly Report

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03/21/11 - High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Along Florida's Southeast Coast Today And Tomorrow

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to be aware today through Tuesday as a high risk of rip currents is expected. There is also a moderate risk for beaches along the East Coast from Nassau County south to Martin County through Tuesday. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Florida residents and visitors need to be aware that beach conditions could be rough along the state’s East Coast today and tomorrow,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “It’s important to check the beach warning flags before entering the water and to swim within sight of a lifeguard whenever possible.”

High Risk Of Rip Currents Expected Along Florida's Southeast Coast Release

03/18/11 - Weekly Report

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03/14/11 - Governor Rick Scott And Emergency Management Officials Conduct Emergency Preparedness Review Of Florida's Nuclear Power Plants

Turkey Point Nuclear PlantFollowing ongoing events at nuclear power facilities in Japan, Governor Rick Scott asked Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon to review Florida’s emergency action plans should any of the state’s five nuclear reactors face a natural or manmade disaster.

“This weekend, Director Koon and his staff made a comprehensive review of the State’s action plans to ensure Florida is prepared to face a disaster of this magnitude,” said Governor Scott. “The information I’ve received shows that across state agencies, in conjunction with federal partners and utility operators, we are prepared for an effective and rapid emergency response.”

Governor Scott And Emergency Management Officials Conduct Emergency Preparedness Review Of Florida's Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear Power Preparedness in Florida

03/14/11 - National Flood Safety Awareness Week

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03/14/11 - March 14 – 18, 2011 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week

2011 national Flood Safety Awareness WeekFlorida Emergency Management officials are reminding residents and visitors that this week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to raise awareness during the Week of some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods and what you can do to protect life and property.

“Whether due to summer rains, hurricane season, or severe weather season, the Sunshine State can experience flooding at any time of the year,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “I encourage all Floridians to take the opportunity during this important week to learn how to better prepare for flood events and to update their family disaster plans.”

March 14 – 18, 2011 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week
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03/03/11 - Did You Know? Wildfires

fire imageIn Florida, wildfires can start any time of the year but peak activity generally begins in January and continues until the rainy season in early to mid-June. A typical year in the Sunshine State may see more than 4,600 fires burn nearly 110,000 acres of land and may have been started by arson, lightning or debris burning.

As a natural part of Florida's ecosystems, a wildfire often begins unnoticed and can spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. However, it doesn't have to burn everything in its path. In fact, clearing your property of debris and regular landscaping are important first steps in reducing your risk for wildfire damage. Here are 11 steps you can take to reduce the risk of your home and property becoming fuel for a wildfire.

Did You Know? Wildfires

02/28/11 - Did You Know? Social Media

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To help keep Florida's residents and visitors up-to-date on disaster-related operations, DEM provides a variety of information through several social media accounts, including the official SERT blog, three Twitter accounts and a Facebook page.

DEM continuously strives to promote public awareness through traditional and emerging media platforms in order to provide clear, concise information to the general public, the emergency management community and news media. As technology continues to emerge, DEM will further explore every avenue available to disseminate emergency management information to the public.

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03/08/11 - Southeast Winds Bring A High Risk Of Rip Currents For Florida Panhandle Beaches Today And Tomorrow

rip imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers along Panhandle beaches to be aware today and tomorrow as a high risk of rip currents is expected. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

"The same system that is bringing the threat of severe weather to the state will also cause rough waves and rip currents along the Florida Panhandle Coast and Atlantic coast," said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. "With these conditions, residents and visitors to the beaches of Florida should check the rip current outlook before entering the water and follow any instructions from safety officials."

Southeast Winds Bring A High Risk Of Rip Currents For Florida Panhandle Beaches Today And Tomorrow

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03/03/11 - Weekend Beachgoers Reminded To Be Aware That A Moderate To High Risk Of Rip Currents May Be Expected Along Florida's Atlantic Coast

fire imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers along the entire Atlantic Coast to be aware this weekend as a moderate to high risk of rip currents may be expected. Those traveling to the beach should stay out of the water where red flags are flying.

“Though temperatures will be warm and conditions favorable for beach-going along much of the Atlantic Coast this weekend, onshore winds could create a moderate to high risk of rip currents,” said Deputy State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer. “With these conditions, visitors to Florida’s East Coast beaches should check the rip current forecast before entering the water and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

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02/18/11 - Holiday Beachgoers Reminded To Be Aware That A Moderate Risk Of Rip Currents May Be Expected Along Florida's Atlantic Coast This Weekend

rip currentsFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers along the entire Atlantic Coast to be aware this holiday weekend as a moderate risk of rip currents may be expected. Those venturing to the beach should remember the warning flag system and try to swim in a lifeguard-protected area.

“Despite sunny skies and warm temperatures, continued onshore winds could cause rough beach conditions along Florida’s Atlantic Coast this Presidents’ Day weekend,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “We want all residents and visitors to enjoy the Sunshine State’s beautiful beaches safely. By heeding the advice of local officials and lifeguards, beachgoers can reduce their chances of injury or loss of life.”

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02/17/11 - Travelers Urged To Use Caution As Potentially Dense Fog Affects Florida Statewide Through Monday

traffic in fogFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are strongly urging residents and visitors to use caution as patches of dense fog may affect many Florida roadways statewide this President’s Day weekend and may persist through Monday morning.

“A moderately humid air mass combined with warmer than normal overnight temperatures and light winds will create conditions that are favorable for dense fog formation across much of Florida early Friday and Saturday morning and likely through the entire holiday weekend,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “The dense fog is expected to lift by mid-morning.  Until then, motorists traveling in these areas should remain alert and prepared for sudden drops in visibility.”

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02/11/11 - 2011 Hazardous Materials Awareness Week

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02/11/11 - Governor Scott Proclaims February 13 – 19, 2011 as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week In Florida

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Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed February 13 – 19, 2011 as “Hazardous Materials Awareness Week” in Florida. Joining Governor Scott in commemorating the educational week is the Florida Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for Hazardous Materials and the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs). This year’s theme is: Sheltering in Place.

“The growth of the state’s industrial and energy-producing facilities has made Florida one of the most attractive places to live and work. However, as we enjoy the benefits of these products, we must also be aware of their potential dangers in the unlikely event of an accident,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “I am grateful for Governor Scott’s declaration of this important week and encourage all Floridians to take this opportunity to learn about the hazardous materials facilities in your area and to get a family disaster plan.”

Governor Scott Proclaims Hazardous Materials Awareness Week In Florida
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02/04/11 - Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Friday's Focus is Extreme Temperatures and Wildfires

2011 SWAW-Monday focuses on LightningFlorida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from January 31-February 4, 2011. 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. Friday’s topic is temperature extremes and wildfires.

Though Florida is known as the Sunshine State, it could also qualify as the “Hot State.” Each summer, numerous tourists come from all over the world to enjoy the warm weather and sunny beaches, but most are unaware of just how hot it can get in Florida.

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the state is always influenced by tropical moisture, especially in the summer. When hot temperatures combine with high humidity, our bodies feel like it is hotter than it really is since the increased moisture in the air limits our body’s ability to cool off through sweating. This is called the Heat Index. When the heat index reaches higher than 105 degrees F, conditions can become dangerous for both people and animals. A person can experience heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke that may result in death if exposed to these conditions for a long period of time. When the combination of heat and humidity causes the heat index to reach dangerous levels, the National Weather service will issue Heat Advisories and Warnings

Friday's Focus is Extreme Temperatures and Wildfires

02/01/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management Kicks Off Severe Weather Awareness Week At Downtown Disney

2011 SWAW contest winners with Professor Tinkermeister
Contest Winners Left to Right: Joey Engelman, Christopher Taylor,
Alfonso Duran, Professor Nimbus Tinkermeister, Sean Reagan, Paul
Capone, Garret Johnson, Miranda Shellenbarger

Sunny weather greeted residents and visitors at the kickoff for Severe Weather Awareness Week at Downtown Disney on Saturday, January 29, 2011. The Florida Division of Emergency Management partnered with Radio Disney to host a two-hour street party highlighting Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs from January 31 – February 4, 2011.

The week is intended to educate Florida's residents and visitors on the weather hazards that affect the Sunshine State, and how to be prepared for them. State Meteorologist Amy Godsey joined KidsGetAPlan.com character Professor Nimbus Tinkermeister on stage, to perform weather experiments, games, and trivia designed to teach the audience about weather and preparedness.

The winners of the statewide Poster and Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contests were also in attendance and received awards on stage.

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02/03/11 - Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Thursday's Focus is Hurricanes and Flooding

2011 SWAW-Monday focuses on LightningFlorida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from January 31-February 4, 2011. 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. Thursday's focus is on hurricanes and flooding.

The most feared weather phenomenon throughout Florida during the summer and early fall is the tropical cyclone. Close to the tropics and surrounded on three sides by warm water, Florida is particularly vulnerable to these systems as they develop and move generally westward across the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

Florida has a long history of hurricanes. Records indicate that approximately 110 hurricanes and almost 200 tropical storms have impacted the state since 1851 with many more cited in history books before records were kept.

Thursday's Focus is Hurricanes and Flooding

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02/02/11 - Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Wednesday's Focus Is Tornadoes And Thunderstorms

2011 SWAW-Monday focuses on LightningFlorida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from January 31-February 4, 2011. 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. Wednesday's focus is on thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Thunderstorms occur frequently across Florida. In fact, Florida has the greatest number of thunderstorms in the United States. Florida averages over 70 thunderstorm days per year with much of the Gulf coast experiencing over 80 and even 100 days a year. Hazards within thunderstorms include lightning, hail, gusty winds, heavy rain that may cause flooding, and tornadoes.

Wednesday's Focus Is Tornadoes And Thunderstorms

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02/01/11 - Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tuesday's Focus Is On Marine Hazards And Rip Currents

2011 SWAW-Tuesday focuses on marine hazards and rip currentsFlorida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from January 31-February 4, 2011. 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. Tuesday’s focus is on marine hazards and rip currents.

Although tropical cyclones, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are often the first that come to mind when thinking of “most dangerous weather phenomenon in Florida”, there is another weather-related hazard that ranks as the deadliest. Florida’s beaches attract millions of residents and tourists each year. Florida’s beaches attract millions of residents and tourists each year. However, while there may be beautiful weather in the sky, there are unseen dangers in the waters.

Rip currents, sometimes erroneously referred to as rip tides or undertows, occur naturally and affect many Florida beaches year-round. On average, 10 people die in Florida each year after getting caught in rip currents. In 2010, 24 people lost their lives due to rip currents, many of these drowning incidents occur on days when the weather is pleasant, with a nice breeze blowing onshore. This catches beachgoers by surprise since fair weather is usually associated with pleasant ocean conditions.

Tuesday's Focus Is On Marine Hazards and Rip Currents

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01/19/11 - Governor Scott And Lt. Gov Carroll Visit And Tour State Emergency Operations Center

Governor Scott visits State Emergency Operations Center

Governor Rick Scott and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll made their first official visit to the State Emergency Operations Center last week, and received an hour-long briefing on the facility's capabilities and the role of the State Emergency Response Team during disasters.

Director David Halstead and Major General Emmett Titshaw, the Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard, gave the operations briefing which included an overview of Florida's highly developed response network.  This network is composed of hundreds of emergency management partners at the local, state and federal level to ensure a rapid and effective response in the event of a disaster.

Governor Scott commended both Director Halstead and Maj. General Titshaw for their outstanding service to the state, and acknowledged the Division of Emergency Management's "international reputation" for its high preparedness and response standards. Senior agency staff were on hand to brief Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carroll on numerous issues, including:  evacuations, disaster logistics, communications, food and medical supply distribution and other key functions of the state's responsibilities during disasters.

"We have a great team and the state is well prepared," said Governor Scott at the conclusion of the briefing.

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01/29/11 - Florida Division Of Emergency Management Announces 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster And Video Contest Winners

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As part of the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week public preparedness campaign, Florida emergency management officials today joined Radio Disney to announce the winners of the annual poster and video public service announcement contests at a kickoff event at Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista. 

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed to educate our residents and visitors about the potential weather hazards that affect the Sunshine State,” said David Halstead, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “I applaud this year’s poster and public service announcement contest winners for their creativity in providing potentially lifesaving disaster preparedness information about these weather hazards.”

More than 800 students statewide participated in the poster and video public service announcement contests, through a partnership with the American Red Cross. 

Poster Contest Winners:
1st Place: Miranda Shellenbarger, 5th Grade
Eastside Elementary School, Brooksville, Florida

2nd Place: Kaitlyn Boncaro, 5th Grade
Forest Lake Elementary School, Deltona, Florida

3rd Place: Virginia Villarreal, 5th Grade
Westside Elementary School, Clewiston, Florida

Video PSA Contest Winners:
Middle School Category: Sean Reagan and Garret Johnson
Diplomat Middle School, Cape Coral, Florida

High School Category: Joey Engelman, Christopher Taylor, Paul Capone, Alfonso Duran
Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Pembroke Pines, Florida 

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01/31/11 - Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Monday's Focus Is On Lightning

2011 SWAW-Monday focuses on LightningFlorida's Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from January 31 – February 4, 2011. 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. Monday's focus is on lightning.

Lightning is one of nature's deadliest and most unpredictable weather phenomena. Meteorologists can forecast the general conditions that cause lightning but no one can forecast the exact location or time of the next strike of lightning.

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01/27/11 - Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week is January 31 – February 4

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Florida emergency management officials have proclaimed January 31 – February 4, 2011 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida. The Week is designed to educate Florida’s residents and visitors about the potential weather hazards that affect the Sunshine State, including lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and rip currents.

“Recent severe weather events across the state serve to reiterate the fact that Florida experiences numerous types of severe weather throughout the year. It is extremely important for our residents and visitors to be aware and prepared for these hazards,” said Division of Emergency Management Director David Halstead. “This week is a call for all Floridians to take action and build their family and business disaster plans.”

The Florida Division of Emergency Management will partner with Radio Disney to kick off the Week at Downtown Disney’s Waterside Stage from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2011.

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01/25/11 - Southeast Winds Bring A High Risk Of Dangerous Rip Currents For Gulf Coast And Southeastern Atlantic Beaches Today

rip current imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging beachgoers along the Gulf and southeastern Atlantic coasts to use extreme caution as a high risk of rip currents is expected today. The cold, gusty conditions will bring a high risk of dangerous rip currents to coastal counties from Escambia to Dixie County, Citrus to Monroe County, and Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties as well. 

“The same system that is bringing the threat of severe weather to the state will also cause rough waves and rip currents along the Florida Gulf Coast and southeastern Atlantic coast,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “With these conditions, residents and visitors to the beaches of Florida should check the rip current outlook before entering the water and follow any instructions from safety officials.”

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01/25/11 - Florida Peninsula Residents Urged To Stay Alert As Storm System Brings Potential For Severe Weather Tonight

State and local emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors along the Florida Peninsula to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves east into the state today and tonight. 

“The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of the Florida Peninsula and far eastern Florida Big Bend in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms from Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “This severe weather threat will persist overnight and we strongly encourage residents and visitors across the region to monitor this weather system and to be prepared to act if warnings are issued.”

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01/18/11 - Florida Travelers Urged To Use Caution As Potentially Dense Fog Affects The State Through Thursday

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors to use caution during the work week as patches of dense fog may affect many Florida roadways statewide through Thursday morning.

“An increasingly humid air mass ahead of an approaching cold front, along with warmer than normal overnight temperatures and calm winds, will create conditions that are favorable for dense fog formation across much of the Florida Panhandle and Florida Peninsula early Wednesday and Thursday morning,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “The dense fog is expected to lift by mid-morning. Until then, motorists traveling in these areas should remain alert and prepared for sudden drops in visibility.”

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01/12/11 - Strong Arctic Air Mass Brings Freezing Temperatures To Florida This Week

cold weather imageFlorida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors across Florida to prepare for temperatures near or below the freezing point tonight through Thursday. Very strong northwesterly winds will push an arctic air mass into the Southeast United States throughout the day which will cause frigid daytime and overnight temperatures about ten to twenty degrees below normal with colder wind chill values. Freeze and Hard Freeze Warnings are in place for 60 of Florida’s 67 counties tonight and may be extended for portions of the state into Thursday and Friday. A Wind Chill Advisory is expected to be in effect for nearly all of Florida by tonight.

“The duration and intensity of these cold temperatures can pose a danger to pipes, pets, agriculture and persons without adequate shelter or heating,” said Division of Emergency Management Director David Halstead. “We urge all Floridians to take the necessary precautions to protect their families and property from this cold weather event.” 

A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for all of North Florida, with temperatures dropping below freezing just before midnight and reaching the mid to upper 20s before sunrise both Wednesday and Thursday.

There is also a Freeze Warning in effect for all interior and western counties in Central Florida Wednesday night with freezing temperatures expected for three to six hours early Thursday morning.

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12/08/10 - Florida Emergency Management Officials Remind Students That Deadline For 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster And Video Contests Is Friday, January 7, 2011

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross are reminding Florida students that the deadline to submit entries for the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week poster and public service announcement video contest is Friday, January 7, 2011.

Annual Poster Contest

Fourth and fifth graders in all of Florida's 67 school districts as well as students who attend private schools or are home-schooled are invited to participate in the statewide poster contest. All entries must be postmarked on or before FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011 and must arrive at the American Red Cross in Tallahassee no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011.

Annual Video PSA Contest

Florida middle and high school students in grades 6-8 and 9-12, including students who attend private schools or are home-schooled are invited to produce a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) incorporating a safety or preparedness message about one of the following topics: Hurricane Preparedness, Flood Safety or Building a Disaster Supply Kit. 

Final digital videos must be mastered as a DVD for submission to the Division. All entries must be postmarked on or before FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011 and must arrive at the Florida Division of Emergency Management in Tallahassee no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011.

Visit the 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week webpage for complete contest details and information.

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