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Florida requests pre-landfall Irma emergency declaration from President Trump

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Staff Writer | September 5, 2017
Governor Rick Scott requested that President Donald Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma Florida
Weather   A state of emergency in all 67 counties
A pre-landfall declaration will provide important resources and assistance from the federal government and would free up funding sources for emergency protective measures such as shoring up beach dunes, building emergency berms and planning for potential evacuations.

Governor Scott spoke with President Trump after the Governor issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma.

Governor Scott said, "Last evening, I spoke with President Trump regarding Florida’s preparedness actions and he offered the full resources of the federal government as we get ready for this major storm.

"This morning, I am requesting the president declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida to help preposition necessary resources and support emergency protective measures across the state.

"Our state emergency management officials are working with our federal and local partners to prepare for any potential impacts from this dangerous storm, and it is crucial that we have access to every available resource to protect our families and communities."

Governor Rick Scott activated 100 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard to support with planning, logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.

These 100 members will be stationed across the state, and will advise the Governor on available and needed resources to ensure communities are fully prepared for the storm.

In addition, at the direction of Governor Scott, all 7,000 National Guard members will be reporting for duty Friday morning.

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