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Information updates concerning Isaac.

08/29/12 - State Emergency Operations Center Returns To Level Two Operation

level 2 activation iconThe State Emergency Operations Center is operating at a Level Two, partial activation. The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) is no longer active as of 8 p.m. August 29th, Wednesday. Residents seeking further information regarding impacts from Hurricane Isaac should contact their county emergency management agency. The State Emergency Response Team will continue to support requests for assistance from impacted counties and to support neighboring states with resources, equipment and personnel through the nationwide Emergency Management Assistance Compact if requested.

State Emergency Operations Center Returns To Level Two Operation

08/29/12 - Take Caution Around Flood Waters From Hurricane Isaac

~Private well owners in flooded areas should take
special precautions~

Although skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Flood waters may contain fecal material and associated bacteria and viruses.

The State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) recommend the following precautions to prevent possible illness from flood waters:

  • Basic hygiene is critical. Wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected before preparing or eating food, after toilet use, after participating in flood cleanup activities and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with flood waters.
  • Do not wade through standing water. If you do, bathe and put on clean clothes as soon as possible.
  • Avoid contact with flood waters if you have open cuts or sores. If you have any open cuts or sores and cannot avoid contact with flood waters, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention. Individuals who sustain lacerations and/or puncture wounds and have not had a tetanus vaccination within the past five years require a tetanus booster.

For more detailed information for private well owners and/or communities, please view the press release.

For additional information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.doh.state.fl.us. Follow the Florida Department of Health on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook.

Take Caution Around Flood Waters From Hurricane Isaac

08/29/12 - Flash Report

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Tropical Update August 29, 2012
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08/28/12 - Governor Scott Cautions Panhandle Residents Awaiting Impacts From Hurricane Isaac

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Governor Rick Scott this evening reminded residents and visitors in the Florida Panhandle that tornado activity, storm surge and heavy rainfall remain potential threats due to Hurricane Isaac. The Governor also encouraged safe practices such as not driving into flooded roadways and using caution when cleaning up after the storm.

“Our hearts go out to those in areas impacted by Hurricane Isaac and I am pleased to hear that the American Red Cross has teamed up with the Republican Party of Florida to assist those impacted,” said Governor Scott. “Florida remains open for business and we look forward to showing our world-renowned hospitality to those visiting the state this weekend and in the coming weeks.”

This evening, Governor Scott will travel to Palm Beach County along with State Coordinating Officer (SCO) Bryan W. Koon and FEMA Federal Coordination Officer (FCO) for Tropical Storm Debby Gracia Szczech. Wednesday, the Governor will meet with the South Florida Water Management District for an aerial view of the impacted area. Following the tour, the Governor, SCO and FCO will meet with Palm Beach County emergency management officials. The Governor will return to Tallahassee in the afternoon, unless conditions in the panhandle warrant a visit.

Governor Scott Cautions Panhandle Residents Awaiting Impacts From Hurricane Isaac

08/28/12 - Florida Is Open For Business As Hurricane Isaac Moves Westward

~Isaac upgraded to Category One Hurricane~

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This afternoon, Governor Scott thanked Florida's emergency managers for their close coordination in preparing residents and visitors for the anticipated impacts from Isaac, now a category one hurricane. Though Isaac has impacted portions of the state, Florida remains open for business and looks forward to hosting visitors from around the world for Labor Day weekend next month.

As the recently upgraded Hurricane Isaac moves further west, impacts are still possible today and tomorrow across the Florida panhandle. Flooding remains the primary concern in certain parts of Florida. In some locations, flash flooding, tornadoes and rip currents continue to be a concern. Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) is on standby to support neighboring states with resources, equipment and personnel through the nationwide Emergency Management Assistance Compact if requested.

For more detailed information please view the press release.

Florida Is Open For Business As Hurricane Isaac Moves Westward

08/28/12 - Flash Report

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Tropical Update August 28, 2012
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08/28/12 - Impacts From Tropical Storm Isaac Remain Imminent For Much Of Florida

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Although Florida is no longer in the direct path of Tropical Storm Isaac, it remains a large storm and tropical storm force winds extend as far as 205 miles from the center. At 5 am EDT Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located about 190 miles south-southwest of Pensacola, Florida. Isaac is moving northwest around 7 mph and predictions show the storm making landfall later tonight in Southeast Louisiana.

Much of Central South Florida received two to four inches of rain since Sunday morning. Higher amounts of 6-10 inches have fallen over some areas of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, with as much as 9-13 inches in parts of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Governor Scott signed Executive Order 12-199, to declare a statewide state of emergency on Saturday, August 25. The Executive Order designates Bryan W. Koon as the State Coordinating Officer. The Executive Order directs all state agencies, including the Florida National Guard, to provide any necessary assistance when requested by local governments. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at a Level One, full activation.

Although the strongest storm activity is offshore, heavy rainfall could affect much of Northwest Florida today as the outer bands of Isaac rotate northward, producing a risk for flooding and severe weather on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents and visitors should continue to take precautions to ensure safety during and after severe weather. More tips and information are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.

Impacts From Tropical Storm Isaac Remain Imminent For Much Of Florida

08/27/13 - Flooding Anticipated In Florida As Impacts From Tropical Storm Isaac Continue

Governor Scott urged Floridians to use caution, as impacts from Tropical Storm Isaac continue throughout Florida. Some areas of the state have experienced record rainfall during this storm and flooding remains the main concern for Florida's emergency officials. Areas already saturated in the Big Bend and Panhandle areas will see additional rainfall, and Floridians should take necessary precautions to protect life and property. Floridians are encouraged to use caution when driving, and never drive through flooded roadways.

As of 5 pm EDT
Watches and Warnings Issued for Florida:

  • Tropical Storm Warning From the Florida/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in the Florida Panhandle. This includes the counties of: Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Gulf, Bay, Walton, coastal Franklin, coastal Wakulla, and coastal Jefferson.   
  • Severe Weather Potential: Additional tornado watches and warnings are possible today. Stay tuned to local media for up to date information about tornado watches and warnings in your area and take immediate safety precautions.
  • Flood Warning: Broward County until 10:30pm EDT, Wakulla County until further notice, River Flood Warnings are in effect for St. Marks River, Cypress Creek, Manatee River, Little Manatee River, Santa Fe River, Styx River, Blackwater River, Big Coldwater River, and the Shoal River until further notice.
  • Flood Watch: a Flood Watch remains in effect for South Florida, including Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Glades, Henry, and Monroe Counties through Tuesday morning. 
  • Flash Flood Watch: Florida Panhandle and Big Bend through Tuesday morning. Affected counties include Calhoun, Walton, Bay, Dixie, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Taylor, Wakulla, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, and Washington. 
  • High risk of rip currents: Beaches along Northeast and Southeast Florida today, as well as Gulf Coast and Panhandle beaches through Thursday evening. Dangerous rip currents can be life threatening to anyone entering the water. Be sure to check beach warning flags before swimming.

Florida Summary:

  • It remains important for Floridians to stay cognizant of the developing weather situation and take necessary preparedness and safety actions. Tips are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.
  • Shelters are open in 9 counties, including 5 special needs shelters and 18 general population shelters. Visit http://floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm for details.
  • Schools are closed in 10 counties tomorrow.
  • Seaports closed: Apalachicola River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Panama City, Pensacola, Port St. Joe
  • Airport closures: Marathon, Key West; Pensacola will close after the last inbound flights Monday evening (8/27/12), with a plan to reopen Thursday morning (8/30/12)
  • Bridge closures: Miami-Dade bridges locked down; Miami River, Intracoastal Waterway and Snake Creek Bridges schedules to begin reopening. Sunshine Skyway Bridge high wind advisory in effect, no lane closures but motorists are advised to use caution.
  • DOT tolls suspended: Garcon Point Bridge (Santa Rosa County)
  • State building closures: Escambia County- James Building
Governor Scott will provide the next update from the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee tomorrow at 12 noon.

Flooding Anticipated In Florida As Impacts From Tropical Storm Isaac Continue

08/27/12 - Tropical Storm Isaac Update

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee is currently activated to a Level One, Full Activation. Governor Scott signed Executive Order 12-199 this morning declaring a statewide State of Emergency in Florida. Florida's residents, businesses and visitors should actively monitor the storm and finalize emergency preparations. Heed all instructions from local officials and contact your local emergency management agency for details about your area. 

For more detailed information please view the press release.

08/27/12 Update

08/27/12 - Flash Report

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Tropical Update August 27, 2012
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08/26/12 - Emergency Officials Encourage Florida Residents And Visitors To Stay Informed As Tropical Storm Isaac Approaches

Hurricane IconAs Tropical Storm Isaac approaches Florida, Governor Scott and Emergency Management Officials encourage all Floridians to stay informed and finalize emergency preparations. Several tools exist where the public can find information on warnings and watches, available shelters, and other general questions.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management website, www.FloridaDisaster.org, provides the most current official information from the State Emergency Response Team about response and recovery efforts during and after a disaster. The Division also provides updates via social media on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT, and Twitter by following @FLSERT.

Launched in 2009, Florida Evacuates is a mobile application and website that provides local evacuation information for shelters and lodging. Users enter their location in the search field and a list of open shelters from the American Red Cross, as well as area accommodations provided by VISIT FLORIDA, are populated at the bottom. Visit www.FloridaEvacuates.com for information.

Individuals with questions or concerns can call the Florida Emergency Information Line at hotline for residents to obtain accurate, up-to-date information about Isaac. The FEIL will be available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The toll-free number is 1-800-342-3557. Hearing-impaired persons may call the Florida Telecommunications Relay at 1-800-226-4329 to receive information and access TDD systems.

The American Red Cross recently launched a Hurricane Mobile App that provides local and real time information for individuals in affected areas. Users can monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it. The Red Cross Hurricane mobile app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Emergency Officials Encourage Florida Residents And Visitors To Stay Informed As Tropical Storm Isaac Approaches

08/26/12 - Tropical Storm Isaac Update - PM

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee is currently activated to a Level One, Full Activation. Governor Scott signed Executive Order 12-199 this morning declaring a statewide State of Emergency in Florida. Florida's residents, businesses and visitors should actively monitor the storm and finalize emergency preparations. Heed all instructions from local officials and contact your local emergency management agency for details about your area. 

For more detailed information please view the press release.

08/26/12 Update

08/26/12 - Flash Report

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Tropical Update August 26, 2012
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8/26/12 - Tropical Storm Isaac Update - PM

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee is currently activated to a Level One, Full Activation. Governor Scott signed Executive Order 12-199 this morning declaring a statewide State of Emergency in Florida. Florida's residents, businesses and visitors should actively monitor the storm and finalize emergency preparations. Heed all instructions from local officials and contact your local emergency management agency for details about your area. 

For more detailed information please view the press release.

08/26/12 Update

Emergency Officials Encourage Florida Residents And Visitors To Stay Informed As Tropical Storm Isaac Approaches

Hurricane IconAs Tropical Storm Isaac approaches Florida, Governor Scott and Emergency Management Officials encourage all Floridians to stay informed and finalize emergency preparations. Several tools exist where the public can find information on warnings and watches, available shelters, and other general questions.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management website, www.FloridaDisaster.org, provides the most current official information from the State Emergency Response Team about response and recovery efforts during and after a disaster. The Division also provides updates via social media on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT, and Twitter by following @FLSERT.

Launched in 2009, Florida Evacuates is a mobile application and website that provides local evacuation information for shelters and lodging. Users enter their location in the search field and a list of open shelters from the American Red Cross, as well as area accommodations provided by VISIT FLORIDA, are populated at the bottom. Visit www.FloridaEvacuates.com for information.

Individuals with questions or concerns can call the Florida Emergency Information Line at hotline for residents to obtain accurate, up-to-date information about Isaac. The FEIL will be available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The toll-free number is 1-800-342-3557. Hearing-impaired persons may call the Florida Telecommunications Relay at 1-800-226-4329 to receive information and access TDD systems.

The American Red Cross recently launched a Hurricane Mobile App that provides local and real time information for individuals in affected areas. Users can monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it. The Red Cross Hurricane mobile app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Emergency Officials Encourage Florida Residents And Visitors To Stay Informed As Tropical Storm Isaac Approaches

08/25/12 - Governor Scott Signs Executive Order Declaring State Of Emergency Due To Tropical Storm Isaac

~State Emergency Operations Center activated to
Level One~

Activation level 1 iconDue to the forecasted impacts of Tropical Storm Isaac beginning Sunday in the Florida Keys through mid-week in the Panhandle, this morning Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 12-199, to declare a statewide state of emergency. The Executive Order designates Florida Division of Emergency Management Director, Bryan W. Koon as the State Coordinating Officer. The State Emergency Operations Center is now operating at a Level One, full activation.

An Executive Order is a standard process that is issued prior to land fall to provide adequate time for cities and counties to begin preparing for potential storm impact.  The Executive Order directs all state agencies, including the Florida National Guard, to provide any necessary assistance when requested by local governments. The State Emergency Response Team stands ready to support requests for assistance from local officials.

“While Florida is facing another tropical storm, our State Emergency Response Team prepares for these types of weather events year round. The Executive Order is a normal step in these preparations, activating resources to assist local officials in response to an emergency. Florida’s emergency response officials are accustom to protecting the 19 million residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors that are here every day,” said Governor Rick Scott. “I am leading twice daily briefing with local, state, federal partners as well as those involved with the Republican National Convention. Preparation is a key to success and all visitors can be assured they are safe in Florida.”

Governor Scott Signs Executive Order Declaring State Of Emergency Due To Tropical Storm Isaac

Executive Order 12-199

08/25/12 - August 25th Update for Tropical Storm Isaac

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to provide resources to the counties as requested due to Tropical Storm Isaac, now located less than 600 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Governor Scott and the State Emergency Response Team are monitoring the situation and are prepared to support local officials. Florida's residents, businesses and visitors should focus on preparedness efforts over the weekend to ensure safety and security following any potential affects from Tropical Storm Isaac.

Tropical Storm Isaac remains a large storm and tropical storm force winds, 39 to 73 miles per hour, now extend as far as 230 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Sunday morning in the Keys and Miami-Dade counties, with winds arriving further north in southern Florida Sunday afternoon. Hurricane force winds could arrive in the Keys late Sunday night. Areas of the Florida Panhandle could see the arrival of tropical storm force winds Monday night through Tuesday.

Families and businesses should visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to build their emergency plan and learn about what to stock in the disaster supply kits, including water, food, medication, important papers and other essential items. Supplies should be able to sustain your family for up to 72 hours after a disaster. Residents and visitors should heed all instructions from local officials and stay tuned to local media for the latest on Tropical Storm Isaac.

August 25th Update for Tropical Storm Isaac

08/24/12 - Governor Scott And State Emergency Response Team Encourage Florida's Residents And Visitors To Get Prepared

Tropical Storm Isaac is currently located over the Eastern Caribbean Sea just south of Hispaniola and is becoming better organized. The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to provide resources to the counties as requested. Governor Scott and the State Emergency Response Team are monitoring the situation and prepared to support local officials.

“I am impressed with the level of detail and close coordination of Florida’s emergency managers and I am confident in our ability to respond to Tropical Storm Isaac as needed,” said Governor Scott. “While Florida officials are prepared, it is critical for all of Florida’s families and businesses to make sure they are also prepared with an emergency plan and all the supplies they would need to get through a disaster.”

Families and businesses can visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to build their emergency plan and learn about what to stock in the disaster supply kits, including water, food, medication, important papers and other essential items. Supplies should be able to sustain your family for up to 72 hours after a disaster. Residents and visitors should heed all instructions from local officials and stay tuned to local media for the latest on Tropical Storm Isaac.

Governor Scott And State Emergency Response Team Encourage Florida's Residents And Visitors To Get Prepared

8/24/12 - Governor Scott and State Emergency Response Team Remain Prepared For Isaac While Reflecting on Anniversary of Andrew

~Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew's impact on South Florida~

As Floridians continue to monitor the projected path of Tropical Storm Isaac, many people will also look back on this day in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew made landfall across South Florida and forever changed the lives of those impacted and the face of emergency management in the state. Today, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to provide resources to the counties as requested. Governor Scott and the State Emergency Response Team are monitoring the situation and prepared to support local officials.

“The most important thing is to be prepared with an emergency plan and disaster supply kit to ensure that you and your family members are ready,” said Governor Scott. “Our primary concern is the safety of Florida’s residents and visitors and we look forward to a great event in Tampa next week.”

Governor Scott and State Emergency Response Team Remain Prepared For Isaac While Reflecting on Anniversary of Andrew

08/24/12 - Governor Scott and Florida's Emergency Managers Stand Ready For Isaac

The Florida State Emergency Response Team is partially activated in response to potential impacts of Tropical Storm Isaac. Although the track of Isaac is uncertain at this time, Florida’s emergency managers are prepared to respond as needed. The State Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor the storm and provide support to local officials as requested.

“Obviously, we are hoping Isaac doesn’t hit Florida, but we must take every precaution,” said Governor Rick Scott. “That’s what we’re doing on a state level, and it’s what everyone should be doing on a family and personal level. If you haven’t already, get prepared and get a plan.”

Governor Scott and Florida's Emergency Managers Stand Ready For Isaac

08/23/12 - State Emergency Operations Center Activates To Level Two In Response To Tropical Storm Isaac

Level 2 activation iconThe State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee has activated to Level Two - Partial Activation in response to Tropical Storm Isaac. The State Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor the storm, and provide support to local officials as requested. All Emergency Support Functions, as well as a liaison from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are represented at the SEOC.

"While the path of Tropical Storm Isaac is still uncertain, it is definite that Florida will see some impact from this storm," said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. "I urge all Floridians to monitor this storm closely, and use this opportunity to finalize family and business disaster plans and emergency supply kits."

State Emergency Operations Center Activates To Level Two In Response To Tropical Storm Isaac

Updated:
May 20, 2014 15:03

 

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