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Hurricane Irma:Florida Governor Requests federal disaster declaration

Florida Governor Rick Scott addressing his people 
Gov. Rick Scott of the state of Florida said Sunday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for the state because of Hurricane Irma.
As of 11 a.m., the storm was 80 miles south-southeast of Naples and was moving north at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
Scott said he had requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump to “help bring important federal resources and aid to Florida.”
“I’ve spoken with the president nearly every day as well as today and as well as our other federal partners,” Scott said. “We are working very closely with the federal government to make sure Floridians have the resources they need for this storm.”
Division of Emergency Management director Bryan Koon said the most immediate effect of a federal disaster declaration would be the assistance to individuals provided soon after the storm passes.
The declaration also will assist state and local government agencies and utilities to rebuild and strengthen infrastructure and to charities providing assistance after the storm.
Also Sunday, Maj. General Michael A. Calhoun, adjutant general of the Florida National Guard, said more than 10,000 Guard members from other states are on their way to Florida from 14 states for deployment after the storm.
“Help is coming by air, land and sea,” he said. On Friday all 7,000 Florida National Guard members were ordered to report for duty.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission executive director Nick Wiley said 200 state wildlife officers are ready to launch rescue operations.
He said more than 500 vessels were ready and that more than 300 officers are being deployed from other states to assist.
Scott said residents should heed local officials who will tell when it is safe to go back out after the storm.
“This is a life threatening situation,” Scott said. “The storm surge comes after the strongest winds. Do not think the storm is over when the winds slow down.”
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