As Florida’s municipalities prepare for Hurricane Irma, the League will be sharing important information as it becomes available. The latest updates from state agencies are below, along with links to helpful resources and event cancellation notices.
Important Information from Gov. Scott’s Office
City officials are invited to join Governor Scott for a call regarding Hurricane Irma this evening (9/9) at 7:15 p.m. EST. Call-in information is below.
Attendee Phone Number: 1.888.670.3525
If you would like to receive text alerts about Hurricane Irma on your mobile phone, you can opt-in by sending FLPREPARES to 888777.
Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.
Rescheduling of Municipal Millage and Budget Hearings
The Florida Department of Revenue has amended the Emergency Order Implementing Provisions of Executive Order 17-235 (Re: Hurricane Irma) waiving statutory timing requirements and providing additional specific requirements to local taxing authorities regarding millage and budget hearings to ensure consistent adequate notice is provided to taxpayers.
If you have any question or need additional information, please contact Amber Hughes at AHughes@flcities.com or 813.777.4783.
Overview of 9/8/17 Call with Gov. Scott’s Office
Governor Scott and Director Bryan Koon (Division of Emergency Management) gave the following updates then responded to questions posed by conference call participants:
• The Governor urged Floridians in evacuation zones to leave immediately. For residents who are unable to evacuate, they are encouraged to use designated county shelters.
• The Governor is asking for more volunteers to help staff and organize shelters.
• Contact your County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) if your municipality is experiencing any sort of shortages. The Governor’s Office and Division of Emergency Management are receiving frequent updates from each County’s OEM.
• Click this link to view expected storm surge map. It will be updated frequently.
• The Governor recommended residents download the “GasBuddy” app on their cell phone to locate fuel at gas stations in their area. (www.gasbuddy.com)
• Municipal officials can report price gouging to the Attorney General Office or to your local State Attorney Office. (1-866-966-7226)
• The Governor urged Floridians to monitor Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System, which provides real-time traffic and travel updates on all of Florida’s interstates and toll roadways. Link included below in helpful links section.
Governor Scott ended yesterday’s call by stating the importance of communication. If you need any help or encounter any problems as it relates to storm preparation, such as fuel and water shortage, lack of generator access, trees trimming due to proximity to wires, and storm drains needing maintenance, etc., please call any of the following numbers below:
Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Governor
Legislate Affairs Director/Governor’s Office
Director of Appointments & Special Assistant to the Governor’s Chief of Staff
For additional information regarding Hurricane Irma, please visit www.floridadisaster.org. If you have any questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please email email@example.com or call 1800.FLHELP1.
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September 9, 2017