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ICYMI: Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Idalia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor DeSantis traveled to areas that were affected by Hurricane Idalia along with First Lady Casey DeSantis and Florida Division of Emergency Management Executive Director Kevin Guthrie. Governor DeSantis’ Emergency Order can be found here.

Today, Governor DeSantis announced that President Biden has approved Florida’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Idalia, allowing for the reimbursement of debris removal and authorizing individual assistance for those impacted by the storm in seven counties: Citrus, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, and Taylor. Governor DeSantis originally requested the Major Disaster Declaration for 25 counties and additional counties may be approved in the coming days after the completion of ongoing damage assessments.

USAR teams have completed search and rescue efforts in Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Citrus County, Levy County, Wakulla County, Franklin County, Gadsden County, Gulf County, Calhoun County, Sumter County and Dixie County. Additionally, the National Guard has made 29 rescues of individuals and their pets and the US Coast Guard has made 10 rescues.

The Florida Disaster Fund, announced by Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis, accepts donations to support communities impacted by Hurricane Idalia. To donate, click here.

Power restoration efforts have been underway for counties impacted by Hurricane Idalia. There are over 450,000 accounts impacted by Hurricane Idalia that have been restored. There are 114,274 accounts remaining without power that linemen are currently in the field working to restore. Duke Energy announced that following a thorough aerial and on-the-ground assessment of their infrastructure, they will have 95% of all customers in Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, and Suwannee Counties who can safely receive power by tonight at 11:59.

State Response Efforts

  • FDEM is leading the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) for the Hurricane Idalia response.
  • FDEM has begun shipping requested resources to support residents and first responders including more than 200,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), over 1.2 million bottles of water, and more than 900 tarps.
  • 5 Points of Distributions (PODs) opened at 12 p.m. today in impacted areas to distribute MRE’s, water and tarps to impacted residents at:
    • Madison County
      • Madison County Recreation Complex 753 SW Anastasia Way, Madison, Florida 32340
    • Suwannee County
      • Suwannee County Fair 1302 SW 11th Street Live Oak, Florida 32064
      • Suwannee Riverside Elementary 1625 Walker Avenue SW Live Oak, Florida 32064
      • Branford High School 405 North Reynolds Street Branford, Florida 32008
    • Lafayette County
      • Lafayette High School 160 NE Hornet Drive Mayo, Florida 32066
  • Just two months after the first graduation of Florida State Guard soldiers in 75 years, they've been called up to support Florida's Hurricane Response and are on the ground in Taylor County. We thank them for their service during this community's time of need.
  • The Florida National Guard (FLNG) has been fully activated, with a mobilization of 5,300 guardsmen positioned across the state for response efforts. Mobilized units are postured to support humanitarian assistance, route clearance, traffic control, aviation, and security missions throughout impacted areas.  
  • The Florida National Guard's Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (REDHORSE) is a highly trained unit in heavy construction that is uniquely mobile and also able to quickly move debris and clear vital routes for our responders. They have worked tirelessly to clear routes for our own teams to conduct door to door wellness checks for our fellow Floridians.
  • The FLNG 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team has deployed forward into western and northwestern Florida.
  • The Florida National Guard currently has:
    • 2400 vehicles to include high mobility and high-water vehicles, 
    • 14 FLARNG helicopters strategically placed around the state and that number could double with assistance from neighboring states,
    • 23 small watercrafts ready to support search and rescue, and reconnaissance missions.  
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) mutual aid team is coordinating Florida’s law enforcement response with more than 80 active missions including deployment of more than 500 Florida law enforcement officers.
  • 60 FDLE agents from Miami, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Pensacola are deployed into the impacted area and an FDLE drone operator is working with Urban Search and Rescue Teams. 
  • FDLE has deployed the following equipment:
    • One command center
    • One mobile command center
    • Six mobile staging units
    • Three large trailers
    • Four box trailers
    • Two cargo trucks
    • One forklift
    • 24 generators
    • 30 Chainsaws.
  • FDLE’s mutual aid team established law enforcement regional command posts in Taylor, Madison and Suwannee counties with fuel for first responders.
  • Regional law enforcement coordination teams (RLECTs) are activated in impacted regions and assisting local law enforcement agencies with needs as they arise.   
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) The FWC is working closely with state and local emergency management agencies to deploy resources to impacted areas. FWC officers are reporting significant wind damage, storm surge effects and widespread power outages across the Big Bend coastal region extending well inland. 
  • Multiple response teams consisting of officers, support staff and equipment have mobilized from their staging areas and are conducting missions throughout the hardest hit areas. The teams have a total of 47 officers and support personnel and the following equipment:
    • 47 four-wheel drive vehicles
    • 27 vessels including airboats and shallow draft vessels
    • 9 UTV/ATVs
    • 1 drone unit
    • 4 swamp buggies
    • 3 BERG units
    • 4 hygiene trailers
    • 2 supply trailers
    • 1 water trailer
    • 1 command trailer
    • multiple generators
    • mobile communications equipment
    • fuel resupply containers
  • Teams have broken up into smaller units and deployed to:
    • Conduct grid searches and welfare checks in communities in Suwannee Town in Dixie County
    • Perform road clearing missions on roads leading to Horseshoe Beach
    • Assist linemen and fire rescue personnel in Dixie County
    • Escorted radio techs with mobile communications equipment to Cedar Key tower
    • Perform safety and welfare checks in high-water areas in Steinhatchee, Dekle Beach and Keaton Beach in Taylor County
    • Perform safety and welfare checks in high-water areas in Cedar Key
    • Perform safety and welfare checks in high-water areas in Jena
    • Perform safety and welfare checks in Perry and inland throughout Taylor County
    • Survey flooded neighborhoods west of Hwy 51 NE in Taylor County to assess any residential evacuation needs
    • Survey the Steinhatchee River to assess evacuation needs
    • Perform road-clearing missions in and around Perry
    • Assist with a medical evacuation in Taylor County
  • Multiple base camps with self-sustainment equipment for FWC teams will be established in the region for as long as response assets are needed.
  • These assets are in addition to local FWC officers already assigned to areas that were affected by the storm. These local officers are coordinating with their emergency management partner agencies and are assisting with safety and welfare checks in Cedar Key, Citrus County, Levy County, Charlotte County, Pinellas County, and Pasco County.
  • A supplemental support team of 15 additional officers and equipment has been identified to provide immediate assistance to the rapid response teams if necessary.
  • FWC response teams have integrated with three teams from the Department of Financial Services Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives Investigations with heavy debris removal capability.
  • FWC Aviation Section has been placed on standby and has readied all appropriate aircraft for potential deployment for EOC aerial assistance, reconnaissance, and post-storm damage assessments when needed.
  • The FWC has set up a hotline (888-404-3922) to report vessels lost, displaced or rendered derelict as a result of the storm.
  • Any damaged, displaced or destroyed waterway marker, sign or buoy should be reported by telephone to 866-405-BUOY (2869) or at myfwc.com/boating/waterway/markers/damaged-or-missing/report-form/.
  • A team of six captive wildlife investigators is conducting assessments of Class I, Class II, venomous reptiles, hunt preserves, game farms and other captive wildlife facilities in impacted areas.
  • The Florida Highway Patrol has activated 300 troopers and implemented 12-hour Alpha, Bravo to provide resources to impacted areas. This activation has resulted in regular days off being cancelled and 24-Hour enhanced coverage.
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is actively working to provide any needed assistance to drinking water, wastewater and hazardous waste facilities. Outreach to these facilities to determine operation status is ongoing.  
  • DEP is requesting a mobile testing lab from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help process drinking water and surface water samples for the protection of public health. DEP is gathering supplies and testing kits for utilization by the lab, as well as identifying a staging area.  
  • DEP’s request for a fuel waiver was granted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to temporarily adjust certain regulatory requirements statewide so the state can ensure a sustained, useable fuel supply. 
  • DEP’s Hazardous Area Response Teams are deploying alongside DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement’s Special Agents and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hazard Assessment Teams to aid with assessment and resources for addressing impacts to hazardous waste facilities in impacted areas.  
  • DEP is working in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard to identify oil spills and hazardous material releases on coastal and inland waterways. 
  • 54 Disaster Debris Management Sites have been authorized to operate for Hurricane Idalia. These sites are a critical component of expediting clean-up, reducing environmental and public health impacts, and meeting federal reimbursement requirements.    
  • DEP is coordinating post-storm beach surveys to determine impacts to shorelines and erosion from Hurricane Idalia.   
  • DEP is coordinating with Florida’s Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FlaWARN), the Florida Rural Water Association and other response agencies to dispatch fuel and pump trucks to assist drinking and wastewater facilities.
  • 14 Florida State Parks strike teams have been assembled to assist with assessment and recovery efforts at impacted parks. Seven teams are on the ground today in impacted areas. Other teams will be deployed as conditions allow and needs are identified.

Health and Human Services

  • The Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) has released more than $104 million in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits early in preparation/response to Hurricane Idalia for over 327,000 households that would normally receive their September SNAP benefit between the 1st - 14th of the month. This applies to SNAP households located in one of the 49 designated counties in Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order. Eligible recipients will have the benefits automatically added to their EBT card. There is no need for recipients to apply.
  • Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez held a press conference with State Surgeon General Ladapo at the Pinellas County Emergency Operation Center on Thursday, August 31, 2023, to discuss public health and safety precautions as Florida recovers from the impacts of Hurricane Idalia, including:
  • The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is staging mobile field hospitals and emergency rooms in Taylor, Suwannee, and Madison counties. A mobile medical unit is up and running in Madison County. Seven strike teams are deployed supporting ground and aerial EMS transport. 
  • DOH has prepared an oxygen generator to support fire rescue. 
  • As power is restored and homes are determined to be safe, DOH continues supporting 8 special needs shelters as clients are able to return home.
  • There are currently three (3) boil water notices in effect: DeSoto (1), Dixie (1), Leon (1). Further notices can be found on the DOH website here. Instructions on safe water use during a boil water notice can be found here.
  • DOH and AHCA are supporting patient transport and efficient reopening of health care facilities in affected areas.  
  • Over 400 ambulances and paratransit buses are deployed to support emergency medical services and patient transport.   
  • DOH Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan (CMS) conducted outreach to providers and high-risk clients within 46 counties. CMS has ensured clients have access to early prescription refills.   
  • DOH has provided additional supplies of special infant formula to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clients in need. WIC clients have been contacted regarding clinic closures.  
  • The DOH and Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) sent information regarding early prescription refills permitted under Executive Order 23-171. This information was sent to the public, health insurers, managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacy chains, and health care providers.  
  • OIR instituted a data call to collect Hurricane Idalia catastrophe claims data and assist with determining the impact of Hurricane Idalia on Florida’s insurance industry. OIR is requiring daily catastrophe claims reporting for Hurricane Idalia starting Friday, September 1. More information regarding catastrophe claims data and reporting is available here.
  • The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is pulling reports utilizing newly developed GIS software that includes information from residential providers and hospitals in impacted areas.
  • The Agency has updated the counties reporting into the Health Facility Reporting System. An update was sent to facilities with the counties that are to continue reporting, a copy can be found here. All Residential/Inpatient Health Care Providers in these counties must submit updates on census, bed availability, evacuation and receiving status, power outages and generator status by 10AM daily & when their situation changes.
  • Yesterday, Agency surveyors completed 23 on-site post-storm visits to conduct health and life safety surveys. These surveys will continue today to ensure facilities can safely care for Floridians. 
  • Medicaid Managed Care Plans are performing outreach to members impacted by the storm to ensure they are safe and their medical needs are met. 
  • For health facilities with storm damage, damage assessment guidelines, are available here.
  • The Dialysis Patient Assistance Hotline is active for patients who are unable to reach their facility or nursing homes needing assistance getting patients to centers post-storm. The hotline is 800-826-3773.
  • Teledoc is providing free virtual health care services, including general medical telehealth visits, non-emergency services, and prescription refills, to Florida residents, first responders and others directly impacted by Hurricane Idalia. Call Teladoc directly at 855-225-5032.
  • AHCA sent a Medicaid Provider Alert outlining Key Medicaid Information for Fee-For-Service and Managed Care Providers during Hurricane Idalia, this can be found here.
    • The Agency waived all prior authorization requirements for providers to perform critical services beyond policy limits until further notice.
  • AHCA has activated the Emergency Patient Look-Up System (E-PLUS).  Special needs shelters are able to utilize the system to retrieve patient medical records. E-PLUS is also available to assist medical providers and emergency response personnel with locating missing or displaced persons after the storm.
    • The Department of Health began sharing Special Needs Shelter registrations and discharges on August 29, updated data will be sent by DOH at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
    • Digital Services has been credentialed access to the E-PLUS Missing Persons tool to assist them in getting information about individual locations at healthcare facilities.
    • Publix pharmacies have agreed to share data with the E-PLUS and are also being credentialed to use the system to assist with prescribing needs.
  • The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), APD is continuing to work to contact clients, providers and partners to determine safety and wellbeing and assess unmet needs.  
  • APD is working in partnership with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to conduct APD licensed group home on-site safety and wellbeing checks to determine unmeet needs and necessary recovery support.
  • The Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is receiving daily updates from all 11 Area Agencies on Aging throughout Florida. 
  • PSA 3 Lead Agencies have been determining whether they will be able to open meal sites and deliver home delivered meals. 
  • PSA 6 is currently open to the public. There are currently no unmet needs being reported by any PSA 6 providers. The PSA5 AAA physical office will remain closed to staff and the public today given Pinellas EVAC Zone A orders are still in effect.  
  • Citrus County Support Services notes:
    • EHDMs were sent out to all HDM clients in all programs and calls were made to every active client on 8/28/2023.
  • Mid Florida Community Services notes:
    • Meal sites are expected to reopen on Friday 09/01/23 pending the aftermath of the storm.
    • Initial call downs completed to all Senior Services clients. No concerns were identified or reported.  

Infrastructure, Roads, State Closures and Outages

  • The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) continues to complete assessments of the fuel supplies as locations reported by CITGO to determine the severity of contaminated fuel within on-site tanks. Updates on inspections and testing can be found here
  • The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is maintaining high visibility on interstate systems, bridges, and rest areas. Motorists can report disabled vehicles or dangerous driving conditions to *FHP (*347).
  • FHP chainsaw crews, consisting of approximately 40-50 troopers responded to assist in the rapid opening of Interstate – 10 following the impact of Hurricane Idalia.
  • 101 FHP Troopers have been deployed to areas of devastation in North Florida in support of rapid recovery efforts.
  • FHP is providing support, traffic control, roadway clearing and welfare checks during recovery efforts throughout impacted areas.
  • FHP is working with FDOT in support of clearing roadways and supporting county sheriffs and local police agencies.
  • 12 FHP UAV/drone teams have been deployed for search and rescue operations in impacted areas.
  • Approximately 40 FHP troopers responded to support traffic operations in the Cedar Key area of Levy County.
  • FHP EOC has been and will continue to be staffed 24/7 by emergency management. 
  • FHP has implemented 12-hour shifts and is at full force staffing until recovery efforts are complete.
  • FHP has completed multiple vehicle escorts in support of delivering critical infrastructure resources to impacted areas.
  • Post landfall, and immediately following storm impacts FHP troopers responded to assist with traffic control, recovery efforts while clearing roadways for emergency response vehicles and ambulances transporting critical patients.
  • FLHSMV driver license and motor vehicle service center closures can be found here.
  • FDACS has opened up the consumer hotline to receive complaints from consumers impacted by the Port of Tampa fuel contamination. If you believe you were sold contaminated gasoline, you can file a complaint by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA or visiting fdacs.gov.
  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) For the latest and real-time road and bridge closures, please visit Florida 511, at FL511.com or download the app. Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System is available for drivers to stay informed about roadway conditions during emergencies. This service is monitored and updated 24/7 by FDOT and includes traffic conditions, road and bridge closures, and other specialized alerts.
  • Nearly 700 team members and almost 250 pieces of heavy equipment were deployed to respond to Hurricane Idalia.
    • Including 140 dump trucks, 59 pumps, and 207 other heavy equipment
  • FDOT bridge inspectors have completed all state-owned bridge assessments and all have been cleared for safety.
  • Crew members have completed 66% of Cut and Toss operations through the impacted areas. The main impact area will continue to be restored as power returns and flooding continues to recede. 
  • All traffic signals on state-owned facilities have completed assessments. Across the state, only a couple dozen traffic signals are still running temporarily on generators.
  • 13 traffic management centers across the state, which are open 24/7, are monitoring road conditions and traffic levels along critical corridors including I-10, I-75, and I-4 to ensure safe travel for drivers.
  • 185 Road Rangers are available across the state to assist motorists in need.
  • Tolls have been suspended at facilities along the West Coast of Florida until Noon on Tuesday, September 5. The facilities include the I-4 Connector, Selmon Expressway (S.R. 618), Veterans Expressway (S.R. 589), Suncoast Parkway (S.R. 589), Turnpike Mainline (I-75 to I-4), Pinellas Bayway (S.R. 679), Sunshine Skyway Bridge (U.S. 19).
  • FDOT road and bridge contractors have suspended operations on all active construction projects with the exception of the following counties: Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, Glades, Sarasota, Desoto, Highlands, Manatee, Hardee, Polk, Okeechobee, Brevard, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Lake, Sumter, Volusia, Marion, and Flagler.
  • FDOT issued an Emergency Order to temporarily allow expanded weight and size requirements for vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, and agriculture commodities and citrus.
  • For rolling updates on Florida’s airport, seaport, and transit partners, please visit local listings or www.fdot.gov/idalia.
  • For the most up-to-date closures, visit Florida 511, at FL511.com or on the FL511 app.
  • The Florida Department of Education is consistently updating their website with school district closures, as well as State University System and Florida College System Closures. 

Resources for Employees and Businesses

  • FloridaCommerce and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Idalia. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses. Businesses can complete the survey online by visiting www.floridadisaster.biz/and selecting “Hurricane Idalia” from the dropdown menu.
  • In partnership with FloridaCommerce, DOH has provided resources to private sector partners selling generators to Floridians regarding generator safety and carbon monoxide poisoning prevention. Information regarding proper generator safety has also been distributed on social media platforms.
  • FloridaCommerce has activated the private sector hotline at 850-815-4925 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Inquiries may also be emailed to ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
  • FloridaCommerce shared a memo with Community Action Agencies providing policy guidance regarding flexible uses of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds during disasters for counties that were impacted by Hurricane Idalia.
  • FloridaCommerce is hosting daily private sector coordination calls beginning Monday, August 28, 2023. Briefings will be provided by SERT meteorology, fuels, communications, transportation, and energy, as well as private sector partners such as the Florida Retail Federation, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and VISIT FLORIDA.
  • FloridaCommerce is in contact with local ESF 18 representatives in the impacted areas to support economic resiliency in their communities.
  • FloridaCommerce has also been in contact with Amazon who will donate gift cards and supplies to nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Idalia.
  • U-HAUL is offering 30 days of free self-storage or container use at more than 50 of its locations across the state. For more information contact the nearest participating location: bit.ly/3Ehal49.
  • OnStar: Crisis Mode has been turned on for all OnStar-equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC & Cadillac owners impacted by Idalia. Services are complimentary. Just push your OnStar button and say “Advisor.”
  • Wells Fargo is ready to support Floridians by providing access to your accounts, banker support on their customer assistance line at 1-800-219-9739.
  • Visa is waiving interchange fees for donations made to the Florida Relief Fund. They will match employee donations made in support of Florida disaster relief efforts and the Visa Small Business Team has activated their Back to Business tools to help Floridians affected by Hurricane Idalia.
  • Comcast has opened 141,000 public Xfinity WiFi hotspots in areas it serves across Florida in Hurricane Idalia’s potential path for anyone to use, including non-Xfinity customers, for free.
  • AT&T has more than 80 AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team members and AT&T employees traveled from around the country in Florida so that they are ready to move into affected areas as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Verizon is waiving prepaid and postpaid domestic call/text/data usage incurred from August 30 - September 13, for Florida residents in the areas most impacted by the storm.
  • Uber announced FREE* round-trip rides to Florida shelter locations in Alachua, Citrus, Collier, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Leon, Marion, Manatee, Nassau, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter, Union, and Volusia counties in preparation of Hurricane Idalia.Open your app.
    • Tap “Account” on the bottom right.
    • Tap Wallet
    • Scroll down to “+ Add Promo Code.”
    • Enter code IDALIARELIEF 
      • *Up to $35 each way, to and from a state- approved evacuation shelter listed at floridadisaster.org/planprepare/shelters.
  • VISIT FLORIDA has activated the Emergency Accommodations Module with Expedia to provide real-time availability of hotel rooms throughout the state.
  • Updates on closures and business resources are consistently being updated at FloridaDisaster.Biz/CurrentDisasterUpdates.
  • The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) linking the Boil Water Notice Guidelines and the Emergency Recovery Guidelines was sent to food and lodging establishments throughout the impacted areas of the state to help businesses prepare for post-storm recovery.
  • DBPR is coordinating with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to secure accommodations for state workers and first responders deploying to impacted areas. More than 710 hotel rooms are currently available to support state operations across Alachua, Citrus, Brevard, Duval, Hillsborough, Lake, Leon, Marion, Orange, and Sarasota counties. 
  • The DBPR Division of Hotels and Restaurants is coordinating emergency response teams in the Big Bend, North Florida and Tampa Bay regions for deployment after first responder and search and rescue operations conclude to assist lodging establishments and restaurants in reopening as necessary.
  • DBPR encourages Florida’s licensed contractors who are looking to help property owners in need of post-storm construction-related services to register with the Florida Disaster Contractors Network at DCNOnline.org. Once homeowners are safely able to assess their home repair needs, DBPR encourages them to log onto DCNOnline.org and search by county for a list of Florida-licensed contractors providing these services in their community.
  • OIR issued an Informational Memorandum to all authorized residential property insurers to provide guidance on hurricane preparedness and response. OIR directed insurers to review all aspects of their disaster preparedness and response plans to ensure they’re in compliance with Florida law. Informational Memorandum OIR-23-05M is available here.

Emergency Orders

  • DBPR Emergency Order 2023-06 extends multiple deadlines for license renewals, and:
    • Extends the deadline for the filing of monthly reports and returns by certain alcoholic beverage and tobacco license holders to October 25, 2023.
    • Suspends and tolls through October 25, 2023, all final orders reflecting agency action and all-time requirements and deadlines for filing responses outlined in agency orders through September 28, 2023.
    • Suspends and tolls the annual $4 mobile home fee and $1 surcharge for mobile home park owners.
    • Waives the $200 fee for the issuance of temporary licenses for out-of-state veterinarians through October 25, 2023.
  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has FLHSMV has issued Emergency Order 082623, which:
    • waives specific requirements for commercial motor vehicles providing emergency relief; and
    • waives the replacement fees for driver’s license and identification credentials, vehicle registrations and titles, vessel registrations and titles and temporary parking permits for impacted individuals.
  • Following the issuance of the Governor’s Executive Order, DEP has issued an Emergency Final Order waiving permitting requirements for the storage and processing of solid waste, including hurricane debris.
  • DEP’s Emergency Final Order also removes barriers for expediting necessary repair, replacement and restoration of structures, equipment, surface water management systems, works and other systems that may be damaged by the storm.
  • FDOT issued an Emergency Order to temporarily allow expanded weight and size requirements for vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, and agriculture commodities and citrus.
  • APD executed Emergency Order No. 23-01 and additional Advisories providing necessary support to ensure business continuity.

Follow @FLSERT and @GovRonDeSantis on X, formerly known as Twitter, for live updates. Visit FloridaDisaster.org/Updates for more information.


Updated: Friday, September 1, 2023
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