Washington County prepares for Karen

Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 09:36 AM.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Our number one priority is the safety of our citizens. We will not let the government shutdown in Washington in any way hurt our emergency response efforts in Florida. I spoke to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate this evening and got his personal assurance that no federal resource would be denied in response to Tropical Storm Karen, despite the ongoing federal shutdown.

“I have directed the Department of Emergency Management to continuously assess whether federal resources are being withheld because of the shutdown, and the state stands ready to step in to provide any emergency support needed.

“The National Guard has activated 20 guardsmen who will be directing the pre-positioning of equipment and personnel in order to respond to the storm.  As we prepare for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Karen, it is imperative that all Florida residents and visitors be prepared.  Those in the path of the storm should follow instructions from local officials to ensure safety.”

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