On Tuesday, on the first day of the 2021 hurricane season, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., toured the National Hurricane Center in Miami and received a briefing from Director Ken Graham.
Scott called on every Florida family and business to take the opportunity to make a plan and get prepared now.
Last month, Scott and his colleagues in the U.S. Senate, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure the agency is prepared for a potential workforce shortage ahead of the 2021 hurricane season. Scott and Rubio with other U.S. senators from the region sent the letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.
FEMA, which is currently deployed to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic, is also tasked with the crisis on the southern border. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.
“In Florida, we know just how suddenly severe weather can develop and threaten our communities. It can happen at any moment. Throughout my eight years as governor, I saw firsthand the destruction left behind by multiple devastating hurricanes, and if there is one thing I learned, it’s that preparedness saves lives. Today, I’m asking every Florida family and business to get a plan and make sure their disaster preparedness kit is ready. As your senator, I’ll continue to do everything I can to support disaster preparedness and keep Florida families safe,” Scott said on Tuesday.