Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma

Posted 7 September 2017 by in Featured

Hurricane Irma is bearing down with a forecasted landfall in the United States this weekend

Hurricane Irma is bearing down with a forecasted landfall in the United States this weekend

MIAMI – WEATHER – Florida Governor Rick Scott has received a full update on Hurricane Irma at the State Emergency Operations Center.

Hurricane Irma has already hit in the Caribbean and left deaths and destruction in the wake of the storm.

The Governor has traveled the state to meet with local officials, ensure communities have all the resources they may need, and to encourage families and visitors to be fully prepared.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in Miami Dade and Monroe Counties and voluntary evacuation orders have been issued in Broward and Collier Counties. Additional orders are expected as the storm nears the state. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city and county leaders, and utility officials who are also working to ensure the state is prepared to respond to any potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

EVACUATION NOTICES/ORDERS

  • Miami Dade has issued mandatory evacuations for zones A and B. Miami Dade residents can find their zones by clicking HERE.
  • Broward County has issued voluntary evacuations of mobile homes and low-lying areas beginning today.
  • Collier County has issued voluntary evacuations of Marco Island beginning today.
  • Monroe County has issued mandatory evacuations for visitors beginning this morning. Mandatory evacuations for residents will begin this evening.
  • Individuals with special needs started being evacuated from Miami-Dade County this morning.
  • Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state. All Floridians should pay close attention to local alerts and follow the directions of local officials.
  • To find available shelters by county, visit floridadisaster.org/shelters.

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • Governor Scott has activated a total of 1,000 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard to support with planning, logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma. These members are stationing across the state and actively assisting with preparation efforts.
  • At the direction of Governor Scott, all remaining 6,000 National Guard members will be reporting for duty no later than Friday morning. Additional guard members will continue to be activated this week as needed.
  • The Florida National Guard has coordinated with the North Carolina National Guard to utilize air assets to assist with ongoing evacuations in the Florida Keys.
  • The Florida National Guard has 1,000 high water vehicles, 13 helicopters, 17 boats and more than 700 generators on standby.
  • The Florida National Guard is coordinating with the National Guard Bureau to identify approximately 30,000 troops, 4,000 trucks, 100 helicopters, and air evacuation crews that are standing by for Hurricane Irma support, if needed.