Members of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Tropical Storm or hurricane watches may be issued for portions of the Florida Keys and possibly south Florida later today.
“We are asking Floridians to closely follow this storm,” said Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate. “Now is a good time to review and update your plans and be prepared to act if called upon by your local officials.”
The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee activated Sunday to a Level 2, or partial activation, with key support functions reporting.
Residents and visitors to the state should remain updated on the latest information from the National Hurricane Center and local officials as Ernesto potentially threatens Florida.
Residents and marine interests along the Keys should continue to monitor National Weather Service forecasts and heed local officials for marine warnings, and possible evacuation orders. All Floridians are encouraged to review their family disaster plans and check supply kits.
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For additional information on Hurricane Ernesto and the State Emergency Response Team, please visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management online at: www.FloridaDisaster.org.
** Courtesy forward of Keys Release **
Keys Officials Advise Residents, Visitors to Closely Monitor Hurricane Ernesto
Officials at the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service Forecast Office Key West and Monroe County Emergency Management are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Ernesto.
Florida Keys residents and visitors are advised to do the same.
The priority for now, according to officials, is to be vigilant, and be ready to quickly initiate personal and business hurricane plans.
Visitors in the Keys may wish to download a special hurricane visitor safety PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) brochure for their guests at http://www.fla-keys.com/hurricaneseason.htm. The brochure, created by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, educates and provide information resources for Keys visitors in the event the region is threatened by a tropical cyclone during their stay. It is available by clicking on the “Prepared in Paradise” icon at the top right of the page.
ADDITIONAL HELP AND RESOURCES
Keys Visitor Assistance Line: 1-800-771-KEYS
Monroe County Situation Report: www.monroecounty-fl.gov
National Hurricane Center Web site: www.nhc.noaa.gov
Key West Weather: www.weather.gov/keywest
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office: www.keysso.net
Monroe County Tourist Development Council: www.fla-keys.com