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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Scott: Shutdown won’t hinder state’s storm preparedness

Tribune staff


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The federal government shutdown won’t impinge on Florida’s storm preparedness and response, Gov. Rick Scott said.

Scott held a Friday night news conference, saying even though the storm’s path is unpredictable, the state’s emergency responders are ready.

Thirty-four staff members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, some of whom were recalled from furlough, have been dispatched to Tallahassee. They will then disperse across the Panhandle as needed.

“We’re going to make sure our citizens are taken care of,” Scott told reporters.

Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw, who commands the Florida National Guard, added that 8,000 Guard members are available.

We’re fully capable and ready to respond,” he said.

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