Florida governor requests pre-landfall emergency declaration from President Trump for Hurricane Irma

Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 10:59:07-04

NAPLES, Fla. – Florida Governor Rick Scott has requested additional emergency declarations from President Trump as Hurricane Irma continues to approach the state.

Gov. Scott requested Tuesday that Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida in preparation for the storm.

According to the governor's office, 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 Monday night after the Governor issued Executive Order 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma.

"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," says Gov. Scott.

“While we do not yet know the exact path of Irma, major impacts to Florida are potentially possible and we cannot wait to take aggressive preparedness actions. I continue to urge all Floridians to remain vigilant, stay tuned into local weather alerts and have a disaster plan in place today. We will remain focused on making sure families and visitors have timely information on Hurricane Irma and we keep issuing important updates as we monitor the storm throughout the day.”