Scott Declares State of Emergency Due to T/S Isaac, But Still Come to Florida
Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday signed an Executive Order declaring a statewide state of emergency due to the forecasted impacts of Tropical Storm Isaac. 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.
“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 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.”
Florida’s emergency responders are ready. It’s important that Florida’s residents and visitors stay informed, have a plan and make preparations. For information on road and bridge closures, flooding concerns and evacuation plans, follow instructions from local emergency management officials. For questions related to the Convention, please contact the Republican National Committee.
Individuals planning to travel to Florida this weekend for the Republican National Convention are advised that as of this morning, the Tampa International Airport is open for business. Travelers should check with their airline before changing any travel plans to Florida. There is no need to cancel hotel reservations at this time due to Tropical Storm Isaac. Florida is the number one tourism destination in the country and is accustom to handling weather events as related to visitors.
All Floridians, and visitors to the state, are reminded that the time and effort required to prepare does not compare to the life saving impacts those actions can have for you, your family and your business. Having a plan can help ensure your loved ones know what to do when a disaster, such as a hurricane, threatens your community. An emergency plan should include an evacuation route, a place to reunite if separated from your loved ones and the nearest shelter in case of evacuation.
A disaster supply kit that can sustain your family for up to 72 hours is a necessity. Flashlights, batteries, water, nonperishable food and other essential items may help keep your family safe and healthy if the power goes out for an extended period of time or emergency relief cannot access a damaged area. Visitwww.floridadisaster.org to learn more about important items for your disaster supply kit and to design an emergency plan for your family or business.