Florida Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Hurricane Dorian Nears

NOAA GOES-East satellite imagery Hurricane Dorian 2019 Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency for 26 counties on Florida’s east coast as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Sunshine State.

The Florida State of Emergency is in effect for Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades,  Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Volusia, and Union counties.

“Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian,” said Governor DeSantis.

“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.”

The State of Emergency activates Florida’s Emergency Management Plans, authorizes cooperation with the Federal Government, activates the Florida National Guard as needed, and authorizes the waiver of tolls on Florida roads as may be needed.

The Executive Order also provides for the suspension of Florida administrative actions, such as those in the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, in the event those offices are closed to inclement weather.

Pharmacists are also authorized to issue an additional 30 day refill of prescription maintenance medications.