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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.
“For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70 percent confidence.”
As FEMA works to make much-needed changes to NFIP and implement its new rating system, Scott urged the agency to make improvements to ensure fairness for Florida’s families and businesses.