On Wednesday night, Gov. Rick Scott announced that Florida is deploying resources to help states that are facing being hit by Hurricane Florence.
Scott had been updated about the hurricane by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and talked to the governors of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to offer assistance.
The governor offered an update to Floridians after those conversations.
“We will continue to do all we can to support our neighbors in the Southeast as we prepare for Hurricane Florence,” Scott said. “In Florida, we are fortunate to have the best emergency management professionals in the world to respond to disasters in our state and to help other states during times of emergency. As we continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence and make preparations, Floridians must remain vigilant. While Florida is not currently anticipated to have major impacts from this storm, we know that weather situations can change quickly. Families should go to FloridaDisaster.org and monitor local news reports for updates.”
In the meantime, Scott announced Florida was sending two Urban Search and Rescue to the Carolinas. The Florida Department of Health has sent a 29 member Nursing Strike Team to North Carolina. Also going to North Carolina are five Ambulance Strike Teams to help with medical evacuations while three teams of emergency management specialists from the Florida State Emergency Response Team are also headed to that state to assist with operations and planning in response to the storm. More than 2,000 Florida utility workers have also been deployed to help restore power in states impacted by the hurricanes.
There are also parts of the Sunshine State that have been impacted. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have allowed emergency supply and response vehicles to bypass all FDOT weigh stations from now until Monday. The state government has also suspended requirements for transportation of animals across state lines to assist in the safe transfer of livestock. There are also several volunteer teams from the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and the Florida Baptists have deployed personnel to assist impacted populations. Visit Florida, in partnership with Expedia, has activated its Emergency Accommodation Module as a resource to assist evacuees seeking accommodations in Florida. Expedia.com/Florida provides accommodations availability information.