Florida is no stranger to dealing with disasters situations and with hurricane season starting on June 1, being prepared can be a matter of life or death. As counties, cities, and the state prepare their communities in anticipation of an active hurricane season, FAC would like to provide you with some useful resources as well as phone numbers that you may need.
In the event that a hurricane does make landfall in Florida, FAC is in direct contact with various state agencies as well as FAC Corporate Partners to help provide the most up to date information on response and services available to Florida's communities. Regular emails will be sent out to commissioners and county staff as well as an additional resource webpage will be created specific to that hurricane.
Tropical Storm Dorian strengthened to a hurricane on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28 as it threatened the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Promptly after, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189, initially declaring a state of emergency for the 26 counties in the path of the storm. Governor DeSantis later updated that list to include all 67 counties on Thursday, August 29 with Executive Order 19-190. Following Governor DeSantis' request, President Donald J. Trump declared on Friday, August 30 that an emergency exists in Florida, therefore, ordering Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian. Dorian is expected to strengthen in the days following, with the latest track forecasting Dorian as a Category 4 major hurricane with winds at 130 mph off the east coast of Florida on Sunday and into Monday morning.
Of specific request from FDEM, please put your request into WebEOC NOW for anything you may currently need or will need in the future as the storm approaches Florida. This could include generators, pumps, water, or any other additional equipment. By doing so, you are not only preparing your county ahead of time, you are providing FDEM with the much needed extra time to meet your request. Please do not wait until the storm makes landfall to put in these request.
Due to Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is extending the deadline for local governments to submit applications for the $85 million Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program. The original deadline of Friday, August 30, 2019, has been extended to Thursday, October 31, 2019. Additionally, local governments that have already submitted applications will be allowed to amend and resubmit their applications for funding.