Florida Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Hurricane Irma Nears
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency for all 67 counties as Hurricane Irma approaches the Sunshine State.
“Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared," said Governor Scott. "I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians."
The State of Emergency activates Florida's Emergency Management Plans, authorizes cooperation with the Federal Government, activates the Florida National Guard, and authorizes the waiver of tolls on Florida roads as may be needed.
The Executive Order also provides for the suspension of Florida administrative actions, such as those in the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, in the event those offices are closed to inclement weather.
Pharmacists are also authorized to issue an additional 30 day refill of prescription maintenance medications.
"In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared," Scott said.