Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo via CBS News.
FILE: Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo via CBS News.

Gov. DeSantis issues state of emergency as Hurricane Dorian nears

On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

Those counties currently include Glades, Hendry and Highlands counties. Those affected could change over the next few days depending on the track the hurricane takes.

The governor is urging all Floridians on the east coast to prepare for impacts. The latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Hurricane Dorian will make landfall on Florida’s east coast. When it does, it is likely to be a major hurricane.

By declaring a state of emergency, DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare. The State Emergency Operations Center will activate to a Level 2 on Thursday morning, enhancing the coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies.

“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely,” DeSantis said. “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare.”

Jared Moskowitz, Florida Division of Emergency Management director, said due to the uncertainty of the storm track, east coast residents need to be ready.

“As updates come out, it’s important that Floridians continue to pay attention to media and local officials as the track of this storm has been changing and can continue to change rapidly,” Moskowitz said. “By having an Executive Order in place and by activating the State Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2, we are fully prepared to support any community that might be impacted.”

Contacts

· The State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217

· Follow @FLSERT and @GovRonDeSantis on Twitter for live updates

· Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes.

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