DeSantis declares ‘state of emergency’


Preparing for Tropical Depression 9, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday declaring a “state of emergency” for 24 Florida counties in the potential path of the upcoming storm.

DeSantis also called for a “pre-landing federal emergency declaration” to make key federal resources and support available to the state. It requires the approval of President Biden. White House officials confirmed late Friday that FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell spoke to DeSantis about the impending storm.

The governor’s emergency order means members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby.

“This storm has the potential to develop into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to be prepared,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to monitor the potential impacts of this storm.”

Friday Updates: Tropical Depression Nine could hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane

The administration urged Floridians to visit floridadisaster.org/planprepare to prepare for the storm.

Here are the counties under “state of emergency”:

  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Charlotte
  • Coal
  • DeSoto
  • Clearings
  • Hardy
  • Hendry
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • indian river
  • Lee
  • Manatee
  • Martin
  • Miami Dade
  • Monroe
  • Okeechobee
  • Osceola
  • palm beach
  • Not co
  • pinelles
  • Polk
  • sarasota
  • St. LUCIA

White House: A storm is heading for Florida

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Friday that Biden administration officials are closely monitoring storm forecasts with the National Hurricane Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“As always, FEMA has supplies organized at various distribution centers across the country to be deployed as needed,” she said. “So that’s the case here too.”

“We will continue to maintain a forward-leaning posture for the remainder of this hurricane season,” she added during her daily briefing with White House reporters.

Asked about President Biden’s previously scheduled plan to travel to Orlando to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist next Tuesday, she said no decision has been made on that.

“As far as the president’s travel plans are concerned, I have no changes to read at this time,” she said.

Attorney General Ashley Moody activates ‘price gouging hotline’

Attorney General Ashley Moody said on Friday she had activated Florida’s Price Gouging hotline in anticipation of Tropical Depression Nine hitting the state.

The hotline can be used by Floridians to report instances of steep price hikes on “essential commodities” needed to prepare for the storm, she said. It only applies to products and services essential to preparing for or recovering from a storm in areas where a state of emergency has been declared.

“If anyone suspects a price gouging, report it to my office by calling 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM, filing online at MyFloridaLegal.com, or using our free No Scam reporting app,” a- she said in a statement.

State law prohibits excessive increases in the price of basic commodities such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber, energy-related equipment and services. storm needed as a direct result of the event, according to Moody’s.

Violators of predatory pricing laws are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations in a single 24-hour period. It is also a crime to sell goods and services to the public without being in possession of a business tax receipt.

Senator Rick Scott urges Floridians to immediately prepare for the storm

Sen. Rick Scott, who was ubiquitous during Florida storms when he was governor, released a statement Friday afternoon warning Floridians to prepare immediately for Tropical Depression 9.

“Every Floridian needs to stay alert and take this storm seriously,” he said. “If a major hurricane hits Florida, it could be absolutely devastating.

“We know how quickly extreme weather conditions can change and even though the National Hurricane Center’s current forecast predicts a potential landfall within days, it cannot be ignored,” he said.

His US Senate office created a hurricane preparedness website.

Scott said he will receive regular briefings from National Weather Service Director Ken Graham and his staff will relay the information to local and state officials across the state.

Scott said, “Right now, my message to all Floridians is simple: be prepared.”

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