Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency in all 67 counties as tropical storm Alberto draws closer to the sunshine state.
In a statement after signing an executive order, Governor Scott explained “that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need.” He went on to note that people should “not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted — everyone in our state must be prepared.”
Wes Maul, Florida’s emergency management director, while speaking at Tallahassee’s Emergency Operations Center, detailed that “The only thing that we know about Alberto so far is that we don’t really yet know Alberto. The timing is uncertain, the impacts are uncertain, the intensity is uncertain.”
Maul went on to warn that “Don’t take this ‘subtropical’ fancy language for granted. We’ve seen these scenarios before.” He highlighted that “The bottom line is this: We’ve got a public that needs more and better information as it relates to what they are about to face. We’ve got counties that are going to need assistance in a rush for preparedness.”
Remembering what happened last year during Hurricane season, Maul explained that “we have citizens that could end up displaced for potentially days after the storm leaves, under blue skies … Stay focused, tell me what you need.”