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Florida Emergency Management Situation Report for Tropical Storm Isaac

By: Florida Division of Emergency Management Release Email
By: Florida Division of Emergency Management Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 25, 2012

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee is currently activated to a Level One, Full Activation. Governor Scott signed Executive Order 12-199 this morning declaring a statewide State of Emergency in Florida. Florida’s residents, businesses and visitors should actively monitor the storm and finalize emergency preparations. Heed all instructions from local officials and contact your local emergency management agency for details about your area.

SITUATION REPORT No. 2
Tropical Storm Isaac
The Florida State Emergency Response Team
August 25, 2012 Published at 1330hrs
State Emergency Operations Center Level: One
Operational Period: August 25, 2012 0800hrs – August 25, 2012 1800hrs

CURRENT SITUATION:
Florida’s State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has activated to a Level One in response to Tropical Storm Isaac.

WEATHER SUMMARY:
At 11am EDT Saturday, Tropical Storm Isaac was approximately 592 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Isaac continues to move northwest around 17mph. The official forecast takes Tropical Storm Isaac across eastern Cuba today and move the storm into the Florida Straits early Sunday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph. Isaac is expected to become a hurricane within the next 36 hours before reaching the Keys. Isaac remains a large storm, and tropical storm force winds now extend as far as 205 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Sunday morning in the Keys and Miami-Dade counties.

CONSEQUENCES:

Hurricane Warnings – The entire Florida Keys; Florida West Coast from Bonita Beach southward; Florida Bay
Hurricane Watches – East Coast Golden Beach to Ocean Reef
Tropical Storm Warnings – East Coast from Sebastian Inlet to Ocean Reef; Lake Okeechobee
Tropical Storm Watches – East Coast from Sebastian Inlet north to Flagler Beach; West Coast from Bonita Beach to Tarpon Springs

STATE ACTIONS:

· State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is activated at a Level One
· All ESFs have reported to the SEOC to support SERT objectives
· The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) was activated at 1200hrs on Saturday August 25, 2012
- FEIL phone number is: 1-800-342-3557
- The FEIL will be staffed on Saturday August 25, 2012 from 12PM-6PM EDT
- The FEIL will be staffed on Sunday August 26, 2012 and onward from 8AM-8PM EDT
- FEIL hours are subject to change based on call volume

Executive Orders
Governor Scott has executed the following Executive Order(s)/Action(s):

Executive Order Number
Date Signed
Purpose
EO # 12-199
8/25/12
State of Emergency - Tropical Storm Isaac

Operations Support Branch
· Continuing to support counties with any anticipated Protective Actions for Tropical Storm Isaac
· Continuing coordination with RNC stakeholders

Emergency Services Support Branch
· ESF 10 – Hazardous Materials
o Coordinating with all DEP Program Areas and other Agency Partners
o Deploying additional Emergency Responders from NE District to SEOC for training purposes and assistance with Missions

· ESF 13 – Military Support
o JFHQ identifying resources for standard missions (high water vehicles, LNOs, SAR, RECON missions)

· ESF 16 – Law Enforcement
o Identifying state LEO availability
o Planning for safety/security missions in the impacted areas

Human Services Support Branch
· ESF 6 – Mass Care
o Red Cross, Salvation Army, Florida Baptists and Florida Food Banks are monitoring the storm and preparing to conduct feeding and shelter operations

Infrastructure Support Branch
· ESF 1/3 – Transportation & Public Works
o Traffic counters activated throughout the state to monitor evacuations
o Prepared to suspend tolls as needed to support Keys evacuations
o All DOT District EOCs are activated
o Maintenance of Traffic resources on standby including: barricades and variable message boards
o Currently identifying available flood response resources (sandbags, etc)
o Port Closure Status:
§ Open with restrictions: Key West, Tampa, St. Pete, Manatee
§ Restricted access: Ft. Pierce, Miami, Everglades, Palm Beach

· ESF 2 – Communications
o Communicating with support agencies and resource providers

· ESF 12 – Energy
o Communicating with Florida Reliability Coordinating Council and electric utilities
o Electric utilities are staging restoration resources
o FPL and Progress Energy electric restoration crew trucks approved to bypass weigh stations
o Communicating with fuel response resource suppliers (bulk fuel, fuel transport/delivery and fuel tender assets)

Logistics Section
· Available resources at the State Logistics Response Center (SLRC) and throughout the state have been identified and are on standby.
· FEMA has pre-staged resources at NAS JAX on standby
· Contractors are ready to mobilize in support of missions

Public Information
· ESF 14 – External Affairs
o 60 media calls; 5 press releases; 5 Press Briefings with Governor Scott
o Continuing preparedness and safety messaging, as well as social media outreach

Business, Industry & Economic Stabilization
· ESF 18 – Business & Industry
o Providing support to local emergency managers to address the need of Florida businesses

Recovery
· Working on a staff augmentation contract to be implemented if necessary
· Preparing to redeploy Reservists as necessary
· Supporting Legal Unit in their mission to have declaration paperwork ready for filing with FEMA
· Preparing Preliminary Damage Assessment planning team for activation on Monday, August 27, 2012

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The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. To GET A PLAN! visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. For the latest information on the 2012 Hurricane Season, follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 25, 2012

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to provide resources to the counties as requested due to Tropical Storm Isaac, now located less than 600 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Governor Scott and the State Emergency Response Team are monitoring the situation and are prepared to support local officials. Florida’s residents, businesses and visitors should focus on preparedness efforts over the weekend to ensure safety and security following any potential affects from Tropical Storm Isaac.

Tropical Storm Isaac remains a large storm and tropical storm force winds, 39 to 73 miles per hour, now extend as far as 230 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Sunday morning in the Keys and Miami-Dade counties, with winds arriving further north in southern Florida Sunday afternoon. Hurricane force winds could arrive in the Keys late Sunday night. Areas of the Florida Panhandle could see the arrival of tropical storm force winds Monday night through Tuesday.

Families and businesses should visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to build their emergency plan and learn about what to stock in the disaster supply kits, including water, food, medication, important papers and other essential items. Supplies should be able to sustain your family for up to 72 hours after a disaster. Residents and visitors should heed all instructions from local officials and stay tuned to local media for the latest on Tropical Storm Isaac.

WEATHER UPDATE:

At 8 am EDT Saturday, Tropical Storm Isaac was emerging from the coast of Haiti, located about 125 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or approximately 587 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Isaac continues to move northwest around 14 mph.

A general northwest to west-northwest motion is expected through the next three days, followed by a turn to the north on Tuesday. Forecasts take Tropical Storm Isaac across eastern Cuba today and moving out into the Florida Straits Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Isaac is then forecast move over the Florida Keys late Sunday night, parallel Southwest Florida Monday, then turn towards the north on Tuesday ahead of an approaching trough, eventually making landfall Tuesday night somewhere in the Florida Panhandle, although the range of possibilities is still between Apalachee Bay and southeastern Louisiana. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph. Although Isaac is feeling the effects of land interaction, strengthening is expected to occur once Isaac emerges from the eastern Cuba tonight. There is a 50% chance that Isaac could remain a tropical storm, but every intensity model shows Isaac becoming a hurricane either in the Florida Straits or eastern Gulf of Mexico.

SUMMARY:

Hurricane Warning – Entire Florida Keys; Florida West Coast from Bonita Beach southward

Hurricane Watch – Golden Beach to Ocean Reef

Tropical Storm Warning – Jupiter Inlet to Ocean Reef

Tropical Storm Watch – Jupiter Inlet north to Sebastian Inlet

The following state parks are experiencing full or partial closure: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, Long Key State Park, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Dagny John Key Largo Hammock State Park, Oleta River State Park, The Barnacle Historic State Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee has activated in response to Tropical Storm Isaac. All Emergency Support Functions, as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, are represented at the SEOC.

There have been no airport closures scheduled and all seaports are open.

Florida’s residents and visitors are encouraged to be prepared now by ensuring their emergency plans are updated and disaster supply kits are stocked. Tools to build your family or business emergency plan and learn about what to put in your disaster supply kit are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. To GET A PLAN! visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. For the latest information on the 2012 Hurricane Season, follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.


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