Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida Friday in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.
The state of emergency covers every county in the state.
“I declared a state of emergency this morning which allows us to make sure every resource, including the National Guard, the emergency management team, make sure everybody is getting prepared,” Scott said during a media briefing Friday.
Scott said 30 members of the National Guard are pre-positioned, with 8,000 in position to be mobilized.
Scott also addressed people who have recently moved to Florida and may have never experienced a tropical storm before.
“We know we have a lot of people who moved to Florida since the last time we had a hurricane, so make sure you’re taking the time to really understand the impact of this,” he said.
Scott urged Floridians to prepare by making sure they have at least three days of food and water for each member of their family, and to make sure they have all medicine they’ll need.
“Get ready and take your time to be prepared,” he said.
The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) says it continues to monitor Tropical Storm Erika, as it prepares for any weather-related impacts to the state.
“Too many variables still exist for us to be able to accurately predict where this storm might impact us or how strong it may be if it does,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “We are preparing the protective and responsive measures we will need if the storm continues to develop out of an abundance of caution.”