State of emergency declared for all 67 Florida counties ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Published: Aug. 28, 2019 at 4:53 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 29, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A state of emergency has been declared for the entire state of Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian's expected landfall sometime Monday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis initially declared a state of emergency for counties in Dorian's path. Thursday afternoon, DeSantis extended that declaration to include all 67 Florida 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. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare.”

FEMA's regular Incident Management Assistance Teams are in Tallahassee helping with the State Emergency Operations Center as counties make requests for help regarding Hurricane Dorian.

The Florida National Guard said its 12,000 soldiers and airmen are ready to provide disaster aid for Hurricane Dorian, if needed.

A state of emergency allows state and local governments time to focus on preparing communities ahead of a storm. It also helps state and local governments coordinate resources with the federal government.