Governor Rick Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

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Today, Governor Scott met with HHS Secretary Tom Price and state and local officials in Monroe County to discuss recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. The Governor will continue to remain in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city and county leaders, law enforcement and National Guard leaders, and utility officials as Hurricane Irma response continues.

 

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

 

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

  • Flood warnings are in effect across the state. To see the most current advisories in your county, click HERE.

 

POWER AND UTILITIES

  • The current power outage as of 12:00 p.m. is more than 391,000 accounts. For a full breakdown, click HERE. Since the height of power outages, 6.7 million on Monday, power has been restored to more than 6.3 million accounts, which is how utility companies measure each Florida home or business. 94 percent of all outages have been restored by more than 30,000 restoration personnel across Florida – the largest power restoration undertaking in history for a single state.
  • Do not try to handle downed power lines. Contact your local utility company to report it.
  • Tampa Electric
    • Tampa Electric has restored power to the 730,000 customers affected by the storm.
  • Florida Power and Light
    • In total, 4.4 million customers were impacted by the storm. Power has been restored to 4,215,190 customers.
  • Duke Energy
    • More than 1.3 million customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 1.2 million customers.
  • Gulf Power
    • Gulf Power has restored power to the 13,000 customers affected by the storm.
  • Florida Electric Cooperatives Assoc.
    • More than 760,000 customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 748,000 customers.
  • Municipal Utilities
    • More than 800,000 customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 782,000 customers.

 

FUEL

  • Governor Scott is taking aggressive efforts to expedite refueling statewide. For more information, please click HERE.
  • Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, Port of Jacksonville, and Port of Tampa are actively accepting fuel. The Florida Highway Patrol has troopers dedicated to escorting fuel resupply trucks as needed.
  • Since September 6th, Governor Scott has taken the following actions to expedite fuel delivery to gas stations:
    • Directed the Florida Highway Patrol to escort fuel resupply trucks to gas stations;
    • Directed law enforcement to provide escorts to fuel station employees in evacuation zones so stations could stay open as long as possible before landfall to serve Floridians;
    • Waived the import taxes on fuel entering the state;
    • Waived weight and driver restrictions for highways so water, food, fuel and emergency supplies could be quickly brought to Florida and moved throughout the state;
    • Governor Scott and executive office staff have held daily calls with all fuel supply stakeholders, including Florida Ports;
    • Vice President Pence announced that the federal government has waived the Jones Act upon Governor Scott’s request which waives additional rules and regulations to allow more fuel to get to Florida fast. This waiver ensures that all options are available to distribute fuel to Florida. The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy;
    • Following the Governor’s request, 12 states joined Florida in waiving weight and driver restrictions to move goods more quickly into the state, including fuel; and
    • Following the Governor’s request, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency fuel waiver which allows more fuel to quickly enter the state. For more information, please click HERE

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • FWC has more than 40 additional officers, including Special Operations Group (SOG), in Monroe County. These officers are working with National Guard members and an Urban Search and Rescue team to continue rescue operations, welfare checks, security patrols, road debris clearance, and humanitarian efforts such as handing out cases of water and meals ready to eat (MRE’s) to families in need.
  • More than 20 FWC officers are providing public safety patrols in response to Santa Fe River flooding in Colombia, Alachua, Gilchrist and Suwannee Counties.
  • As a result of the Governor’s Executive Order, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is waiving certain driver license and motor vehicle service fees for individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.
  • FHP continues to provide multiple escorts to the Keys ensure the quick delivery of relief supplies, such as food to local supermarkets, portable toilets, water and resources with the Red Cross. Troopers are assisting utility crews in Collier, Desoto and Lee Counties with security escorts to expedite work restoring power to residents.
  • FHP has assigned troopers to assist Monroe County with traffic and crashes.
  • FHP has assigned six troopers to report to Key West Police Department to assist with area law enforcement.
  • DHSMV has deployed six Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) Mobiles in Naples, Immokalee, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers and North Fort Myers to provide credentialing services to customers impacted by Irma.

 

MILITARY SUPPORT

  • There are 1,200 Florida National Guard members activated and continuing to assist with recovery efforts across the state.
  • Florida Guardsmen are actively operating at Points of Distribution (PODs) throughout Florida to ensure supplies are being quickly provided to those who need them.

 

SHELTERS

  • 45 shelters are open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 3,000 individuals. 12 special needs shelters are open with a total population of 617 individuals. This number is being updated throughout the day. Visit floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.aspx to find information on shelters in your area.

 

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced I-75 remains open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River.
  • U.S. 27, U.S. 41 and State Road 47 at the Santa Fe River are now open.
  • Unprecedented river flooding is causing closures and extensive rerouting of traffic nearby roadways. See closures below:
    • SR 31: Flooding in DeSoto on SR-31 south at CR 760A, all lanes blocked. Flooding in Charlotte on SR-31 north beyond Cook Brown Rd, all lanes blocked. Use I-75 and Highway 17 as detour routes.
  • Bridge inspections and debris clearance are ongoing throughout the state.
  • FDOT debris removal crews have cleared US 1 and has completed bridge inspection on 26 off-system bridges in Monroe County. FDOT is closely coordinating support of debris removal in off-system roads in Monroe County. Local officials will determine when it’s safe to reenter Monroe County.
  • Governor Scott announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system. This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency repairs on impacted roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure and help restore traffic on major roadways to ensure Florida residents and visitors can travel safely.
  • Governor Scott directed the FDOT to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Tolls will continue to remain suspended as recovery efforts continue.

 

RECOVERY BRANCH

  • An aggressive recovery effort is ongoing, working with FEMA to identify and activate federal grant programs that can benefit Floridians and their communities.
  • President Donald Trump’s Administration expanded Major Disaster Declaration for Florida requested by Governor Scott includes individual assistance for Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia counties.
  • Emergency Protective Measures (Category A and Category B) funded through the Federal Public Assistance Program is available for all 67 counties.

 

DISASTER ASSISTANCE

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals and families to be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. For resources on how to protect yourself and your loves ones from disaster fraud, visit https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control or call the @FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.
  • Residents who sustained losses in the declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who suffered damages from the storm may register now, and if their county is later included in the declaration, the application will be processed automatically.
  • Residents are also encouraged to download the FEMA App to begin the registration process. Simply click on Disaster Resources.
  • If you do not have access to the internet, you may register by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY); if you use 711 Relay or Video Relay Service call 1-800-621-3362.
  • The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
  • The first FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in St. Augustine, and more will open in affected communities where survivors can apply for assistance and meet face-to-face with recovery specialists.
    • To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center visit www.fema.gov/DRC, use the FEMA App or text DRC and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • FEMA’s Operation Blue Roof Program is now available to eligible homeowners impacted by Hurricane Irma. Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. For more information, click HERE.
  • Outreach teams from FEMA are canvassing Florida communities affected by Hurricane Irma. The teams are working in federally designated counties to help residents register for disaster assistance and to quickly identify and address immediate and emerging needs. The teams can also provide application updates and referrals to additional community resources for remaining needs. For more information, click HERE.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL

  • Governor Rick Scott is directing Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Justin Senior and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeffery Bragg to issue emergency rules to keep Floridians safe in health care facilities during emergencies. Pursuant to the emergency action, within the next 60 days, all assisted living facilities (ALFs) and nursing homes must obtain ample resources, including a generator and the appropriate amount of fuel, to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. This is based on standards already in place at all hospitals in Florida. For more information, click HERE
  • The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health is conducting frequent and vigorous outreach to facilities every day, which includes daily calls with hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In-person wellness checks are being conducted for facilities when contact cannot be made or any facility that reports distress.
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