Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency to Support Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday in response to Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico.
I’m declaring a State of Emergency in all FL counties in support of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria: https://t.co/3pSWuYszX1
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 2, 2017
Gov. Scott signed the executive order for all 67 counties in Florida to ensure that the state has every available resource ready to assist displaced families.
“Puerto Rico was totally devastated by Hurricane Maria and so many families lost everything. With families displaced by Hurricane Maria already present and still arriving in Florida, it is critical that our state is prepared to provide the resources they need upon entering our state,” Gov. Scott said. “Our state is an incredible melting pot, and the success and growth we’ve seen over the years is credited to the wonderful people that live in Florida. As Puerto Rico rebuilds, Florida remains committed to doing everything we can to help the families impacted by Hurricane Maria and aid in the recovery process.”
Gov. Scott said that the declaration will provide important resources and assistance needed to best accommodate the needs of families impacted by Hurricane Maria when they come to Florida.
Florida will continue to coordinate with FEMA to provide Maria survivors who have traveled to the state with important services such as housing assistance, crisis counseling, unemployment assistance and legal advice.
For more information on the executive order, click here.