DeSantis gives updates on state preparations for Isaias

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Gov. DeSantis held a news conference regarding Hurricane Isaias at State EOC – Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 (WINK News)

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference regarding Hurricane Isaias at the Florida Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee Saturday morning.

DeSantis started off the briefing by announcing that President Donald Trump had approved the state’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration.

In addition to DeSantis’ state of emergency declared Friday, Palm Beach, Monroe, Volusia, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Glades and Flagler Counties have declared a local state of emergency.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is sending 25 shelter kits with PPE kits to counties in the path of the storm. Each kit provides PPE for up to 400 people for 96 hours and more will be sent if necessary.

The Division is also identifying pre-staging areas for power restoration crews and has already pre-staged 1.8 million meals.

FDOT has mobilized to respond to potential flooding and FWC Special Operations Group members are on standby to move into places impacted by Isaias and support urban search and rescue teams, if necessary. All FWC storm units will shelter in place and be ready to respond to assigned areas as weather conditions allow.

FHP is also monitoring the storm and is ready to assist if necessary.

Visit Florida’s three official Florida welcome centers located at major access points in the state transitioned into emergency information centers, offering the latest details on Hurricane Isaias.

DeSantis is asking the public to remain vigilant and pay attention to storm updates.

Everyone in the potential path of Isaias should make sure they have at least seven days worth of food, water and medicine.

Additionally, know whether you are in an evacuation zone and follow directions to evacuate if given.

For more information on disaster supply kits, evacuation zones and the latest updates regarding Hurricane Isaias, click here.

For the latest Hurricane Isaias updates, click here.

Governor DeSantis held another press conference Saturday at 5 p.m. He mentioned that for counties on the east coast, it is recommended to have seven days worth of food and water stored.

The Governor also mentioned that FWC and The National Guard are on hand.

Palm Beach County does have a voluntary evacuation in place.

You watch the briefing here:

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