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Gov. Scott Urges Legislative Approval of $340 Million Federal Grant for Florida’s Citrus Industry

Governor Rick Scott urged the legislative commission charged with granting spending authority to approve $340 million in federal funding to aid Florida’s citrus growers. Earlier this year, following months of Governor Scott fighting for critical funding and support for Florida’s citrus industry,...


Florida Division of Emergency Management Honored for Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) with Esri's Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Award (SAG) on July 11 at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, FDEM...


Gov. Scott: Eastpoint Set to Receive 24 Relief Trailers

In a deal brokered by the State of Florida, 24 surplus travel trailers were purchased at bulk pricing from the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to aid victims of the Limerock Wildfire. These trailers were purchased at a rate of $8,500 each (a 37 percent negotiated discount) by Franklin...


Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order to Combat Algal Blooms in South Florida

Governor Rick Scott today issued an emergency order in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the Army Corps of Engineers. This emergency declaration allows the Department of...


FEMA Approves FDEM’s 2018 Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018 Update

The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced that FEMA has approved the state’s 2018 update of the Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan. FEMA approved the plan for five years, effective through August 2023. A FEMA-approved mitigation plan is required for states to apply for certain...


State Continues to Provide Assistance Following Limerock Wildfire

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and other state agencies today continued to provide assistance and resources to Franklin County officials. This afternoon, Governor Rick Scott’s senior leadership, joined by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, FDEM, the Department of Economic...


FDEM Director Wes Maul and State Officials Meet with Franklin County Officials Following Limerock Wildfire

This morning, FDEM Director Wes Maul, joined by Florida Housing Finance Corporation Director Trey Price and Assistant Director of Special Programs Robert Dearduff, as well as representatives from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, met with Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith and local...


FDEM Provides Update to Ongoing Assistance Following Limerock Wildfire

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) today provided additional information regarding ongoing efforts to assist families impacted by the Limerock Wildfire in Eastpoint, Florida. On Monday, immediately following the fire, Governor Scott traveled to East Point to meet with Franklin...


FDEM Announces Completion of Project to Shore Up Sykes Creek Bridge

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced the completion of the project to shore up Sykes Creek Bridge in Brevard County, ending an imminent threat of collapse, and securing the supply of drinkable water for 7,000 customers. FDEM Director Wes Maul said, “Completion of work to...


New Website Will Help Florida Businesses Prepare for Natural Disasters

Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the launch of a new website,, to help Florida businesses prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters. By providing critical information before, during and after a disaster, the website will help businesses recover and get Floridians back to work following emergencies.


Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Subtropical Storm Alberto Efforts

On 05/28, Governor Rick Scott received a full update on Subtropical Storm Alberto from the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure the state is...


Gov. Scott: Floridians in the Panhandle Should Make Final Preparations in Anticipation of Subtropical Storm Alberto

At 8:30 p.m. EST this evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) released updated information regarding Subtropical Storm Alberto’s strength and estimated landfall. The NHC now states that STS Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, making it a strong and dangerous storm. STS Alberto is...

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