House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz’s Legislative office will be accepting hurricane relief supplies to aid those in the Florida Panhandle affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Michael. Residents are encouraged to drop-off relief supplies from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. [Read more…] about House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz Holding Hurricane Relief Supply Drop-Off
The United States Senate today passed the Water Resources Development Act that includes authorization of the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir (known as S.B. 10 on the state level) written by U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18). The bill has previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. [Read more…] about EAA Southern Storage Reservoir Approved By Congress
Governor Rick Scott today activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Michael. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Duke Energy has already donated $50,000. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund in Preparation for Hurricane Michael
Through the American Public Power Association mutual aid network, the Florida Municipal Electric Association has arranged for 440 power restoration personnel from 14 states to assist Florida public power communities following Hurricane Michael. Tree resources, including another 100 personnel and trucks, have also been secured. [Read more…] about Hurricane Michael Public Power Prep Update
Issues Updates on Hurricane Michael
Following Governor Rick Scott’s request, today President Donald Trump approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration. This declaration will provide important resources and assistance from the federal government, including personnel, equipment and supplies, as well as making available funding sources for emergency protective measures. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: Federal Pre-Landfall Emergency Declaration Signed by the President
FDOT’s Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) members will be participating at over 80 elementary and middle schools in the District Four counties of Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. [Read more…] about October 10 is International Walk to School Day
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is continuing to prepare for Hurricane Michael. The department assumes broad roles and responsibilities in disaster response efforts, ranging from securing meals for post-storm distribution to preparing Florida Forest Service teams to conduct search and rescue missions and clear debris. [Read more…] about Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Continues to Prepare for Hurricane Michael
With Hurricane Michael nearing landfall in Florida, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam reminds Floridians to research charitable organizations prior to contributing. Often in the wake of disasters, such as hurricanes, fraudulent charities are created to take advantage of people’s generosity. [Read more…] about Commissioner Putnam Reminds Consumers to Research Charities Before Giving
Statement by Amy Zubaly, Executive Director of Florida Municipal Electric Association, regarding Public Power Preparation for Hurricane Michael:
“Public power utilities in the Florida Panhandle are bracing for the impacts of Hurricane Michael, which will make landfall sometime Wednesday afternoon as a potential Category 3 hurricane. Currently, the Florida public power utilities of Tallahassee, Havana, Chattahoochee, Quincy and Blountstown are all in the potential impact zone.
In preparation for the storm, the Florida Municipal Electric Association activated the American Public Power Association mutual aid network and, once again, the response from across the country has been tremendous. By tonight, we will have approximately 125 power restoration personnel pre-staged in Tallahassee.
Crews from public power utilities across Florida (about 90 personnel from 10 utilities), Tennessee (21 personnel from three utilities), and Lafayette, Louisiana (14 personnel), will be arriving in Tallahassee this evening. More crews from other public power utilities in Florida (another 60+ personnel once cleared from their own potential impact), as well as more than 200 personnel from Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas are planning to make their way toward Tallahassee for a Thursday arrival, with many other utilities and states still gathering their available resources. Additionally, crews in Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas are on standby for us once they are cleared from threats to their own areas. Those crews are prepared to assist with any impacts to Quincy, Blountstown, Havana and Chattahoochee, as well as additional support for Tallahassee if needed.
We appreciate the outpouring of support from our fellow public power communities throughout the United States. These crews leave their homes and families to work in challenging, sometimes dangerous, situations. We will be forever grateful.”
Governor Scott will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure the state is prepared to respond to the potential devastating impacts from Hurricane Michael. On October 7th, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency in 26 Florida counties, and expanded it to include 35 counties total on October 8th. To see his Emergency Order, click HERE. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Michael