Tropical Storm Isaac Moves Into Gulf All Floridians Are Encouraged To Listen To Local Emergency Officials
~All Floridians Are Encouraged To Listen To Local Emergency Officials~
TALLAHASSEE – Today at noon, Governor Rick Scott reminded Floridians that while Tropical Storm Isaac is currently forecast to make landfall in Louisiana, it is still important for Floridians to remain vigilant.
Tropical Storm Isaac is approximately 250 miles wide and forecasters anticipate heavy rain to affect much of the state. Emergency officials warn of the possibility of localized flooding across the entire state, with a significant impact to the Florida Panhandle. Governor Scott encouraged Floridians to pay attention to tornado warnings and seek places of safety if it becomes necessary. He stressed the importance of being prepared.
As Isaac moves toward the Gulf Coast, Florida’s residents and visitors should follow the instructions of their local emergency management agency regarding evacuations and sheltering. The State Emergency Response Team stands ready to support requests for assistance from local officials.
Governor Scott signed Executive Order 12-199, to declare a statewide state of emergency on Saturday, August 25. The Executive Order designates Bryan W. Koon as the State Coordinating Officer. The Executive Order directs all state agencies, including the Florida National Guard, to provide any necessary assistance when requested by local governments. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at a Level One, full activation.
It is imperative that Florida’s residents, businesses and visitors take the time to prepare for the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac in the watch and warning areas. Ensure that you and your family have an emergency plan, including your local evacuation route, where you will go if you need to evacuate, a meeting place in case you are separated, contact information and important paperwork and nearby shelter information.
Also be sure your disaster supply kit is stocked and up to date with 72 hours worth of supplies to sustain yourself and your family members. This includes water, food, medication, personal care items, a weather radio, flashlight and batteries. Also be sure to fill up your tanks with gas and get cash in case ATMs are unavailable due to power loss. More tips and information are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.
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