Thursday, September 29th 2022, 10:53 PM EDT
By Don Brennan
TALLAHASSEE (SNN TV) - To date, 12 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Ian on the Gulf Coast. Charlotte County officials confirmed six storm-related deaths, while 2 people have died in SarasotaCounty as a result of the hurricane, or itsaftermath.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Officespokesperson Kaitlyn Perez said the information is preliminary. She did not immediately provide any more details about the two individuals.
According to Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance, search and rescue operations are still ongoing. Crews are going door-to-door, however, officials are not sure how many may be unaccounted for at this time.
Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. EarlierThursday,Governor DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis and Director Guthrie surveyed the damage in Charlotte and Lee counties. Full remarks are availablehere.
More than 700 individuals have been rescued in Charlotte & Lee counties since search and rescue operations began this morning. There are currently 42,000 linemen responding to the more than 2.5 million reported power outages. They have already restored power to more than 200,000 accounts in Southwest Florida.
First Lady Casey DeSantis also announced that donations have poured in to the Florida Disaster Fund, surpassing $10 million in just 24 hours of being activated. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with public, private and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, please visitwww.FloridaDisasterFund.orgor text DISASTER to 20222.
The Federal Government has also added the following counties to the major disaster declaration, meaning they will receive individual assistance and category A (debris removal) funding at 100% for 30 days: Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk.
State preparation and response efforts include:
Search and Rescue
- Since 1 a.m., search and rescue operations have been underway in response to Hurricane Ian. Urban Search and Rescue Team 2 was the first on site and the Coast Guard made dozens of rescues overnight. There are 8 USAR teams with more than 800 team members are performing search and rescue.
- As of 2 p.m., more than 700 individuals have been rescued in Charlotte & Lee counties since SAR operations began this morning.
- The Missouri Task Force 1 Disaster Situational Assessment and Reconnaissance (DSAR) Team is deploying to Florida through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to support urban search and rescue efforts and incident assessment.
- A Florida Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Team deployed to Central Floridato support state USAR Task Forces and incident assessment.
- The National Guard and the Coast Guard are landing helicopters on barrier islands to perform search and rescue.
- Search and Rescue crews rallied at the Fort Myers Sports Complex and have been running operations for the past 5 hours.
- Florida National Guard members are conducting incident awareness and assessment missions this morning in Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Collier and Lee Counties. We expect that throughout the day, the Florida Guard will be engaged in a multitude of missions including search and rescue and route clearance operations.
- Last night, Florida National Guard Brig. Gen. Sean Boyette, Task Force Florida commander, was appointed the Dual Status Command (DSC) commander in anticipation of Title 10 active-duty forces being assigned to assist with recovery operations.
- Following Governor DeSantis' authorization, a total of 5,000 Florida Guardsmen have been activated to State Active Duty for Hurricane Ian response operations. Up to 2,000 Guardsmen from neighboring states are also activated to assist.
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
- FDEM has compiled a Shelter in Place Survey to provide critical information to first responders during and after the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Ian. We are asking all individuals in the impact area of Hurricane Ian that made the decision to shelter in place to complete the survey. Please visitFloridaDisaster.org/Reportto find the Shelter in Place Survey.
- FDEM has activated the State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) to provide an additional resource for Floridians to receive up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Ian. Residents and visitors can call this toll-free hotline at1-800-342-3557.
- FDEM Recovery staff staged ahead of the storm are beginning rapid damage assessments in Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties to expedite available federal assistance for disaster recovery.
- FDEM has two active fuel depots and is staging an additional four fuel depotstodaythroughout Central and Southwest Florida to ensure first responders have the fuel they need to conduct search and rescue operations.
- FDEM Liaisons have been deployed to county EOCs in Brevard, Charlotte, Dixie, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Pinellas, Sarasota and Seminole counties.
- At the direction of FDEM Director and State Coordinating Officer Kevin Guthrie, Incident Management Teams (IMT) from Ohio and Colorado are on-scene to ensure additional support for response and recovery efforts after the storm.
- FDEM is deploying several hundred shelter support staff to address staffing needs in counties that have opened their Special Needs hurricane shelters. Currently, more than 200 public shelters are open and available to impacted residents, with more than 50 of these being Special Needs Shelters.
- FDEM is leading the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) for the Hurricane Ian response, with more than 350 SERT members staffing the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).
- FDEM has received more than 1,700 resource requests for Hurricane Ian. Over 1,500 of these requests are currently being processed and are either en route or being mobilized. This includes the coordination of resources such as: trucks of food and water, generators and water pumps.
- FDEM is mobilizing pet food and supplies for displaced pets in Charlotte County, including: dry and canned dog food, dry and canned cat food, cat litter, disposable pet bowls and disposable leashes.
- FDEM is deploying the following resources for distribution to impacted areas:
- More than 400 bottles of oxygen to Charlotte County.
- 255 ambulances
- 200 trucks of food, water and ice
- 200 large generators
- 2 full service mechanical shops
- 500,000 tarps
- 375 kits for parents of infants and toddlers with critical supplies that will last for 10 days each
- Four mobile triage units to Miami-Dade County.
- Five truckloads of blankets and five truckloads of cots to support displaced residents.
- FDEM is currently coordinating the provision of meals for first responders staged in Orange County.
- FDEM is in constant communication with all 67 county emergency management offices and state agencies to coordinate protective actions and needed resources as communities experience storm impacts.
- There are currently 2.6 million people without power.
- More than 200,000 accounts have already been restored in Southwest Florida, including
- 62,000 in Sarasota County,
- 44,000 in Hillsborough County,
- 33,000 in Manatee County,
- 28,000 in Lee County,
- 14,000 in Collier County, and
- 12,000 in Charlotte County.
- For a full report on current outages, click here.
- 42,000 linemen from utilities across the state are working 24/7 to restore power.
- 125 Florida Highway Patrol Officers are transporting utility crews.
Health and Human Services
- To support hospitals in Lee County without potable water, Florida is shuttling 1.2 million gallons of water on 20 trucks from Lakeland to Fort Myers.
- AHCA has activated reporting in the Health Facility Reporting System (HFRS) and is requesting all health care providers report their census, available beds, evacuation status and generator status information. This information allows AHCA to assist health care providers in transferring patients if needed and ensure health care providers in impacted areas have the necessary resources and adequate power.
- Patient Movement Mission (DOH 4052) is activated. This mission is a combined by AHCA, along with FHA, FHCA, LeadingAge, Florida Senior Living and Florida Assisted Living Associations.
- This mission also supports the evacuation of nearly 8,000 patients and residents from more than 180 health care facilities.
- Nearly 400 ambulances, paratransit busses, and support vehicles are responding to areas of anticipated landfall.
- The Agency sent a Medicaid Provider Alert outlining Key Medicaid Information for Fee-For-Service and Managed Care Providers during Hurricane Ian, this can be foundhere.
- AHCA has activated the Emergency Patient Look-Up System (E-PLUS). Special needs shelters for 16 counties are able to utilize the system to retrieve patient medical records. E-PLUS is also available to assist medical providers and emergency response personnel with locating missing or displaced persons after the storm.
- The State Surgeon General has signed a letter to allow staff of the Department and Agency for Health Care Administration to travel past curfews across state lines to conduct any necessary health and safety actions, this can be foundhere.
- AHCA has identified Home Medical Equipment providers that can assist with supplying oxygen supplies to Special Needs Shelters.
- The Agency partnered with Florida Health Care Association and Florida Hospital Association to initiate statewide calls with long term care facilities and hospitals.
- As oftoday,100% of operating long-term care facilities have a generator on-site. The Generator Status Map for long-term care facilities is availablehere.
- Overnight, the state has been monitoring several healthcare facilities on generator power, two healthcare facilities are in the process of evacuating.
- 400 additional nurses are moving into southwest Florida to assist.
- 80 health care facilities have had power restored since the onset of the event and 319 facilities are currently waiting on power restoration.
- Secretary Simone Marstiller has signed Emergency Order 22-001 suspending statutes of rules pertaining to level 2 background screening made necessary by Hurricane Ian. This allows health care facilities to deploy out of state health care workers to the same roles in Florida during the emergency. This can be foundhere.
- APD is doing a preliminary damage assessment of all APD-licensed group homes in the affected areas.
- APD is reaching out to the Qualified Organizations in the impacted areas to ensure the health and safety of Waiver Support Coordinators and clients.
- APD is gathering unmet needs information from partner organizations and providers and working with the proper authorities to resolve the issues.
- DOEA CARES Assessors are being deployed to serve in special needs shelters as requested through the Emergency Operations Center.
- The Office of Public and Professional Guardians is checking in with public guardian offices to ensure wards are safe and needs are met.
- Local agencies are assessing needs and impacts on the senior population served by the Department.
- Agencies from unaffected areas are identifying staff that can be deployed to impacted areas.
- The Elder Helpline, 1-800-96-ELDER, is still active during business hours, and after hours/weekend calls are being returned the following business day. Seniors may call for assistance with non-emergency needs.
- The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas County is doing operational readiness checks to be able to reopentomorrow.
- Senior Resource Alliance in Central Florida has initiated calls to senior clients in Brevard and Orange county to conduct welfare checks.
- Several thousand shelf stable meals will be delivered this weekend to Pasco and Pinellas county for seniors; currently assessing needs with SW Florida for additional meals.
- Alliance for Aging staff in Monroe county will be doing well checks on Friday for clients in the lower Keys area who were in flood zones.
- The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will close the following locations for in person and procedure appointments:
- C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center: Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29. This closure extends to the Emergency Department.
- North Pinellas and St. Petersburg VA Clinics: Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29.
- Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte VA Clinics: Wednesday, September 28.
- The Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans' Nursing Home in PortCharlotteis operational. Residents, staff and family members who sheltered in the homeare safe and well. Hardened structure and roof are intact. TheVeterans' Home is operating on generator power.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)has announced health care facilityclosures in Florida for Thursday, Sept. 29. For details, visithttps://www.floridavets.org/news/.
- DOH has partnered with Volunteer Florida to develop anonline portal for health care practitionerswho wish to volunteer their expertise, skills, and experience in areas impacted by Hurricane Ian.
- DOH and AHCA’s Patient Movement Mission has evacuated roughly 8,246 patients from 201 health care facilities in areas of Hurricane Ian’s path.The Department continues to assess and support any additional necessary evacuations.
- Boil Water Noticeshave been issued for 16 areas, over 11 counties, following the impacts from Hurricane Ian. DOH continues to monitor and maintain acomprehensive statewide list of noticesfor residents to access online.
- The State Surgeon General signed Emergency Order 22-004 authorizing licensed health care professionals in good standing from out of state to practice in Florida for the duration of the EO. These professionals include: Physicians, Osteopathic Physicians, Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians. In addition, the following licensed health care professionals are authorized to practice in Florida via Telehealth: Physicians, Osteopathic Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Advanced Practice Nurses. The EO can be foundhere.
- The State Surgeon General has signed Emergency Order 22-001 waiving statutory procurement requirements to ensure DOH is able to deploy necessary action due to Hurricane Ian. This can be foundhere.
- The State Surgeon General has signed a letter to allow staff of the Department and Agency for Health Care Administration to travel past curfews across state lines to conduct any necessary health and safety actions.
- DOH has coordinated with the Office of Insurance Regulation to distribute an alert regarding permitted early prescription refills during a State of Emergency. This alert was sent tohealth insurers, managed care organizations, health entities, and licensed health care providers. The alert can be foundhere.
- DOH has coordinated with Federal partners to support the deployment of nearly 100 individuals through various health and medical teams. These teams stand ready in Orlando, Atlanta, and Warner Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia.
- DOH continues to coordinate across 67 county health departments on any necessary preparation resources, in coordination with county emergency managers.
- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has begun to conduct wellness checks on staff, youth and families in impacted areas, and where safe to do so, has begun to assess facilities for damage. DJJ will continue its post-storm recovery efforts which include the continued assessment of facilities for damage and post-storm clean-up.
- Most of I-75, outside Charlotte and Lee Counties, is open. Crews are working to re-open the rest of I-75.
- FDOT has dispatched 100 engineers working in teams of 2 to perform bridge inspections.
- Cut and Toss Crews are actively clearing roadways for search and rescue operations. Continue to listen to local law enforcement and county officials for potential detours.
- FDOT bridge inspectors are inspecting bridges. 197 bridges have been inspected as 11:30 am
oFDOT inspectors have cleared 66 priority bridges in the areas most affected by Hurricane Ian.
- FHP is assisting FDOT with bridge closures across impacted areas
- Current conditions are highly hazardous. Please stay off the roadways until it is confirmed to be safe for travel.
Turnpike Service Plaza Closures
Fort Drum Service Plaza – Reopened 9/29
Okahumpka Service Plaza- Reopened 9/29
Canoe Creek Service Plaza – closed
Turkey Lake Service Plaza – closed
Road and Bridges
Current Major Road and Bridge Closures. The list of closures as of 2:15 p.m. 9/29/22 is listed below. Up-to-date closures listed onFL511.com:
John Ringling Causeway
SR-64/Manatee Avenue East – All lanes closed
SR-684/Manatee Avenue West – All lanes closed
John Ringling Causeway
Richy Road Southbound at US-1 Southbound – All lanes closed
SR-72 East at SR-70 – All lanes closed
SR-100 Eastbound at N. Central Avenue – All lanes closed
SR-100 Eastbound at Robali Road
SR-64 at Parnell Road – All lanes closed, both directions
Pine Island Road Bridge
Florida’s Turnpike North at Exit 254: Orange Blossom Trail – On-ramp closed, all lanes closed
Florida’s Turnpike South at Exit 259: I-4 (Orlando) – On-ramp closed, all lanes closed
I-4 Express Lanes West at MM 79/I-4 West – All lanes closed
I-4 West at MM 77: Florida’s Turnpike – Off-ramp closed
S. Thornton Avenue at Thornton Lane – All lanes closed
SR-408 East at Exit 10B: SR-527/Orange Avenue – On-ramp closed
SR-417 Ramp to Exit 12: Turnpike Northbound – All lanes closed, both directions
SR-423/John Young Parkway (before & beyond SR-50) – All lanes closed, both directions
SR-436/Semoran Boulevard/Altamonte Drive East at Baldwin Park Street/Auvers Boulevard – Off-ramp closed, all lanes closed
SR-520 at SR-528 – Off-ramps closed, both directions
SR 527/Orange Ave/Rosalind Ave (before & beyond Gore Street) – Off-ramp closed, all lanes closed
SR 528 W at Exit 31: SR-520 – Off-ramp closed
SR-551/Goldenrod Road North at Nolton Way – Off-ramp closed, both directions
SR-551/Goldenrod Road North at Sun Vista Way – Off-ramp closed, all lanes closed
SR-552/Curry Ford Road East at Camelia Garden Drive – All lanes closed
US-441/Orange Blossom Trail North at Lancaster Road – All lanes closed
US-441/Orange Blossom Trail Ramp at Columbia Street – Off-ramp closed, both directions
I-4 West at MM 64/US-192 – On-ramp closed
I-4 East at MM 65/Osceola Parkway – On-ramp closed
I-4 East at MM 67/SR-536 – Off-ramp closed
SR-46 West at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Rand Yard Road – All lanes closed
SR-46 East at Monroe/Upsala Road – All lanes closed
St. Johns County
Bridge of Lions
I-95 South at Exit 244/SR-442 – Off-ramp closed
Daytona Beach – Mason Avenue at Tower Street – All lanes closed
Daytona Beach – Main Street at S. Halifax Avenue – All lanes closed
Daytona Beach – East International Speedway Boulevard at North Beach Street – All lanes closed
Daytona Beach – East Orange Avenue at S. Beach Street – All lanes closed
Daytona Beach – Lytle Avenueat Palmetto Street – All lanes closed
New Smyrna Beach – North Causeway at Washington Street
Ormond Beach – Granada Boulevard at Halifax River – All lanes closed
Ports that are currently closed:
oPort of St. Petersburg ?
oSeaport Manatee ?
oPort of Fort Pierce ?
oPort of Palm Beach
oPort of Key West
Ports that are open:
oPort Tampa Bay ?
oPort of Pensacola
oPort Panama City
oPort St. Joe?
oPort Everglades: Fuel terminals open. One vessel of 25,000 barrels expectedtoday, 13 vessels are in route.
oPort Tampa Bay:
- 7 days of fuel in tanks
- Terminal operators working to get all fuel flowing as soon as possible and some are already starting deliveriestoday
- Waterside deliveries pending Coast Guard and Corps clearance for safe operations
oPort Manatee: Fuel terminal damage assessment currently being conducted. Port roads are clear
oPort Canaveral: Awaiting damage assessment
- Current status is listed below. While some facilities have scheduled closures, individual airlines may decide to cease flights earlier than that.
- Tampa International Airport will reopen Friday, September 30
- St.Pete/Clearwater International Airport - Closed
- Sarasota Bradenton International Airport- Emergency Operations Only
- Southwest Florida International Airport - Closed
- Punta Gorda Airport- Runway Clearing in Progress
- Orlando International Airport- Closing Emergency Operations Only
- Orlando Sanford International Airport- Emergency Operations Only
- Daytona Beach International Airport- Closed
- Gainesville Regional Airport- Operations suspended at 6:00 a.m. September 29
- Jacksonville International Airport- Closed
- Melbourne Orlando International Airport- Closed
- Northeast Florida Regional Airport- Emergency Operations Only
- North Perry Airport- Closed
Transit and Rail
- HART has re-opened and is operating Fare-free and on-demand until 11:00 pm, September 29.
- Palm Tran will resume on Friday, September 30.
- Jacksonville Transportation Authority- Will resume on Friday, September 30.
- Citrus County Service is Open
- There currently more than 20,000 people in shelters across the state.
- 295 truckloads of food and water are on their way into affected areas, including 40 truckloads of ice headed to Central Florida.
- Over 3.5 million meals and over 1.8 million gallons of bottled water are being deployed to impacted areas.
- DCF released $235,351,849 in early SNAP benefits to a household population of approximately 773,579 people at risk of impact for Hurricane Ian. More information can be found here:ACCESS Florida - Florida Department of Children and Families (myflfamilies.com)
- 34 licensed group homes have been evacuated across the state.
- DCF ishosting daily callswith Managing Entities and Community Based Care lead agencies to remain apprised of all storm updates.
- DCF is ensuring all Mental Health Treatment Facilities and methadone treatment programs are prepared for the storm.
- DCF is partnering with its community based care lead agencies to contact all caregivers/foster families with dependent children in their home to assess needs and ensure safety.
- Florida Housing Finance Corporation has updated its Disaster Relief webpage to provide families with information on housing resources and assistance. This webpage will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.Disaster Relief Resources and Information (floridahousing.org)
- Florida Housing has ensured that all current listings are up to date in the event that families need to quickly relocate atwww.FloridaHousingSearch.org.
- Each SHIP office has an adopted disaster strategy that allows for assistance in the immediate aftermath of a declared disaster. Strategies may include temporary relocation and rental assistance, debris removal and short-term repairs to prevent further damage to the structure or to allow for occupancy until further repairs are made. Please contact your local office directly for more information:Local Government Information (floridahousing.org)
- FHP has deployed a mobile command center to the State Emergency Operations Centers and southwest Florida to provide enhanced communication capabilities and additional resources.
- More than 1,700 sworn FHP members are ready to assist with enhanced evacuation and response efforts.
- FHP has activated 12-hour Alpha, Bravo shifts for more than 700 Troopers across Florida gulf coast.
- FHP has deployed approximately 125 of the 330 identified Quick Response Force troopers to affected areas to aid search and rescue efforts..
- FHP is strategically utilizing high-water rescue vehicles to aid search and rescue and damage assessment efforts.
- FHP has strategically using its fixed-wing aircraft to monitor traffic routes and to aid search and rescue and damage assessment efforts.
- FHP has deployed its unmanned aerial vehicle teams to assist in search and rescue and damage assessment efforts.
- FHP Regional Communications Centers are preparing to perform take-over services for other impacted FHP dispatch centers to ensure all state law enforcement officers continue to receive dispatch services.
- FHP is providing liaisons to affected county emergency operations centers.
- FHP encourages evacuating motorists to report disabled vehicles or dangerous driving conditions to *FHP (*347).
- FLHSMV Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobile units are preparing to deploy to provide no-fee driver license and identification credentials, vehicle registrations and titles, and vessel registrations and titles to impacted individuals.
- FLHSMV driver license and motor vehicle service center closures can be foundhere.
- FLHSMV has issued Emergency Order092422, which:
- Waives specific requirements for commercial motor vehicles providing emergency relief; and
- Waives the replacement fees for driver’s license and identification credentials, vehicle registrations and titles, vessel registrations and titles and temporary parking permits for impacted individuals.
- 78 FWC officers and 2 vehicle and vessel mechanics have deployed to the affected area with a full complement of four-wheel drive vehicles, vessels and response and recovery equipment and supplies.
- FWC officers are currently performing public safety and emergency response missions as assigned by the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Charlotte, Collier, Hardee and Lee Counties.
- 15 FWC Special Operations Group officers from the Northeast Region are currently performing public safety and emergency response missions as assigned by the SEOC in Charlotte, Collier, Hardee and Lee Counties.
- The FWC has deployed 1 mobile command trailer and 3 BERG units to provide communications and operational support to officers in the area while they respond to calls for assistance.
- Officers assigned to the Tampa Bay Region, North Central and Northeast Regions of Florida are currently performing public safety and emergency response missions as assigned by the SEOC in their local areas.
- 25 FWC officers from the Northwest Region are standing by to augment the first wave of response units, with additional four-wheel drive vehicles, vessels, UTVs, ATVs and other equipment.
- In addition to public safety missions, FWC Special Operations Group (SOG) teams are serving as reconnaissance units for the State EOC and reporting back on the damage.
- FWC Aviation Section is providing the EOC with aerial assistance, reconnaissance and post-storm damage assessments.
- FDLE regional support and logistics teams throughout the state are preparing to deploy personnel and equipment for a ready response to the aftermath of the storm. FDLE has started pre-staging equipment and mobile command posts at strategic locations. Teams with chainsaws, tarps, and other supplies are assembling.
Private Sector Support
- Partners including Walmart and Publix have indicated that they are constantly bringing additional supplies into the state to restock inventory.
- Publix has delivered more than 700 truckloads of water equal to almost a million cases, delivered more than 3 million pounds of ice, and is storing double inventory volumes. Prior to closing stores impacted by the storm, Publix donated perishable products to local police, firefighters, and emergency response teams, and also ensured that associates that work nearby and prepare these stores for the storm received donated product for themselves and their families. Publix associates have diligently taken care of their customers, communities, and each other.
- AT&T is waiving talk, text, and data overage charges for AT&T Postpaid & PREPAID customers with billing addresses in 828 zip codes across Florida from September 28, 2022, through October 28, 2022, to keep customers connected. Additionally, AT&T is deploying additional backup power to our wireline facilities and refueling generators as needed.
- Rosen Hotels and Resorts is activating their Florida Residents Distressed Rates to give Floridians a safe, affordable place to ride out Hurricane Ian. Evacuees can call 866-33-ROSEN (76736) to reserve a room.
- VISIT Florida has activated the Emergency Accommodations Portal atExpedia.com/Florida, which is updated with the latest information on available listings.
- Comcast has opened Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Central, North and Southwest Florida, and the Panhandle for Xfinity customers and non-customers to stay connected during and after the storm. Details are available atFlorida.Comcast.com/2022/09/27/comcast-opens-free-xfinity-wifi-hotspot-network-as-hurricane-ian-approaches/.
- Lowe’s continues to have stores open in counties not directly impacted by Hurricane Ian to receive storm and recovery-related products, such as generators, water, gas cans, sand, plywood, batteries, flashlights, and other materials. Additionally, 30 fuel trucks are staged at Lowe’s store locations for re-entry after the storm. Lowe’s is leveraging its vast supply chain network to bring much-needed response product into the state.
- The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is getting the word out to lodging establishments to relax their pet policies and to share that there are still available hotels and other lodging available from Tallahassee to Pensacola and Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade.
- Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is in regular communication with seaport, rail, airport, fuel, and power providers to coordinate between public and private sector partners ensuring that assistance, goods, and services during and after the storm are being delivered.
- As families evacuate, UHaul is offering 30 days of free storage and U-Box container usage at 43 Florida locations. Find additional information atwww.uhaul.com/about/listed under “Top Stories.”
- Private-sector partner, Uber, is offering round-trip rides to and from Southwest Florida shelter locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Pasco, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Orange, Brevard, Seminole, Volusia, and Osceola counties listed atwww.FloridaDisaster.org/PlanPrepare/Shelters. Riders can enter promotional code IANRELIEF in the app to redeem a free round-trip up to $30 each way. Rides must be requested to or from any state-approved evacuation shelter in Florida.
- DEO is updatingwww.FloridaDisaster.bizwith real-time information for business owners to prepare their businesses, families, and employees for Hurricane Ian.
- DEO has alerted the statewide Community Action Agency (CAA) Network to initiate disaster preparedness activities following the Emergency Order.
- DEO’s Secretary Dane Eagle distributed a memo on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, releasing $1.4 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistant Program (LIHEAP) set-aside emergency funding for use by LIHEAP providers across the state to support preparedness activities such as transportation and temporary housing to preserve health and safety.
- DEO’s Rebuild Florida team continues to monitor Hurricane Ian and is preparing to remobilize their disaster recovery efforts following a safe passage after the storm.
- CareerSource Florida is reaching out to assess needs at local workforce development board partners in counties impacted by Hurricane Ian. We will be working closely with our partners at DEO to support recovery efforts and help connect affected residents with temporary employment and other recovery assistance.
- The following local workforce development boards are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Ian:
- CareerSource Gulf Coast - Gulf and Bay Co. centers
- CareerSource North Florida - Live Oak, Mayo and Madison centers
- CareerSource Florida Crown - Dixie and Columbia centers
- CareerSource Northeast Florida
- CareerSource North Central Florida
- Careersource Citrus Levy Marion
- CareerSource Flagler Volusia
- CareerSource Central Florida
- CareerSource Brevard
- CareerSource Pinellas
- Careersource Tampa Bay
- Careersource Pasco Hernando
- CareerSource Polk
- CareerSource Suncoast
- CareerSource Heartland
- CareerSource Palm Beach County
- CareerSource South Florida
- CareerSource Southwest Florida
- VISIT FLORIDA has activated itsEmergency Accommodations Moduleon Expedia to provide real-time hotel availability and lodging resources for impacted Floridians and visitors.
- VISIT FLORIDA is working with Expedia and their partners to encourage flexible pet policies and cancellation/change fees.
- Enterprise Florida activated itsDisaster Assistance pagewith a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
- DEO’s Bureau of Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) team is actively engaging the Communication Action Agency (CAA) network executive leadership to assess their organization and staff safety status as well as county specific needs in their coverage areas.
- DEO’s Rebuild Florida team will perform updated damage assessments beginning next week for active Irma projects in an effort to evaluate any new or subsequent damage from Hurricane Ian. Construction crews may benefit from an authorization letter or passage approval in order to enter and resume construction in Hurricane Ian-impacted areas.
- Target is working quicklyto ensure its team members are safe and is mobilizing its supply chain to fast-track critical supplies to Target stores. Target is also working with its team members, guests, and regional partners in the coming days to help ensure that all communities impacted by Hurricane Ian have the resources they need to support recovery and rebuilding.
- The Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles has implemented special discounted rates for Floridians needing accommodations in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The resort welcomes pets under 40 pounds, and as a condo hotel, offers kitchens and laundry facilities in all of their rooms. To book a reservation, please call 866-976-0383 or use the following link:https://bit.ly/3E4sV0o
- Charter Communications has opened Spectrum Out-of-Home WiFi access points in response to Hurricane Ian. Spectrum WiFi access points are typically found in public parks, marinas, city streets and other public areas. A map of access points is available atspectrum.com/internet/wifi-access-points.
- Anheuser-Busch has coordinated seven trucks – more than 360,000 cans – of emergency drinking water in response to Hurricane Ian.
- VISIT FLORIDA has activated itsEmergency Accommodations Moduleon Expedia to provide real-time hotel availability and lodging resources for impacted Floridians and visitors.
- VISIT FLORIDA is working with expedia and their partners to encourage flexible pet policies and cancellation/change fees.
- The following businesses have committed to providing support for our first responders and volunteers.
- Firehouse Subs
- Burger King
- Chick-fil-A (waiting on a call back)
- 4 Rivers Smokehouse
- Anna Maria Oyster Bar
- Texas Roadhouse
- Bucees is also giving away meals and soft drinks to first responders on their way to the area at their Daytona location through October 2.
- Enterprise Florida activated itsDisaster Assistance pagewith a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
Florida Department of Education (DOE)
- DOE is working with all superintendents in the impacted areas to coordinate damage assessments and identify resources that will be needed to support these counties.
- At the peak of the storm, 59 school districts were closed. 20 school districts have confirmed they will open eithertomorrowor Monday.
- Early Learning Coalitions have closed in the following counties: Bradford, Baker, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Martin, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Putnam, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Volusia.
- The Florida Department of Education is consistently updating itswebsitewith school district closures, as well as State University System and Florida College System Closures.
- School districts, state colleges and universities are beginning to announce reopening dates as they assess conditions following Hurricane Ian. For the most up-to-date reopening information, please visitfldoe.org/storminfo.
- For a full list of school district, university and college closures, visitfldoe.org/storminfo.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Following the issuance of the Governor’s Executive Order, DEP issued anEmergency Final Orderwaiving permitting requirements for the storage and processing of solid waste, including storm debris.
- DEP has also issued anEmergency Final Orderto expedite necessary repair, replacement and restoration of structures, equipment, surface water management systems, works and other systems damaged by the storm.
- Inspectors completed pre-storm beach surveys in all shoreline counties.
- Hazardous Area Response Teams are preparing for potential assessment and deployment to impacted areas.
- Initial outreach to confirm impacts to hazardous waste facilities has begun.
- Visitors with existing camping and cabin reservations at impacted parks will be notified of their reservation status.
- The department’s call center has now been activated to begin reaching out to drinking water and wastewater facilities to verify operational status of facilities that have not yet reported in and coordinate assistance as needed to ensure return of all facilities to operational status as soon as possible.
- 100 portable cell phone towers are deploying into the area to support connectivity in Southwest Florida.
- The Telecommunications Division is working with telecom partners to ensure that the state’s communications networks have redundancies and remain operational for first responders to respond to Floridians during the storm.
- DBPREmergency Order 2022-01extends the renewal deadline from September 30 or October 1, 2022, to October 31, 2022, for the following licenses:
- Real Estate: Sales Associates, Broker Sales Associates, Brokers, Corporate Brokers, Partnerships, and Corporations and Branch Offices;
- Alcoholic Beverages: Retail Vendors, Distributors, Manufacturers, Importers, Brokers, Sales Agents, and Passenger Common Carriers;
- Drugs, Devices, and Cosmetics: Prescription Drug Wholesalers, Prescription Drug Wholesaler – Broker Only, Out-of-State Prescription Drug Wholesalers, and All Other DDC Licenses;
- Hotels and Restaurants: Public Lodging Establishments, Vacation Rentals, Timeshare Projects, and Public Food Service Establishments; and
- Community Association Managers.
- Licenses renewed on or before October 31, 2022 shall be considered as timely renewals and will not be assessed any late fees.
- DBPR Emergency Order 2022-01 also extends the deadline for the filing of monthly reports and returns by certain alcoholic beverage and tobacco license holders from October 10, 2022, to October 31, 2022. Additionally, the order suspends and tolls through October 31, 2022, all final orders reflecting final agency action and all time requirements and deadlines for filing responses outlined in agency orders.
- DBPR Board Meeting cancellations and other updates can be found athttp://myfloridalicense.com/emergency.
- DBPR’s Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics is coordinating with wholesale distributors of prescription drugs and medical gases to provide information and support relating to exceptions for the emergency distribution of these critical supplies where needed.
Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR)
- OIR issuedEmergency Order 300997-22-EOin response to Hurricane Ian regarding the extension of grace periods, limitations on cancellations and nonrenewals, deemers and limitations on “use and file” filings. This Emergency Order is issued to protect the public health, safety and welfare of all Florida policyholders.
- OIR instituted a data call for the purpose of collecting catastrophe claims data related to Hurricane Ian. OIR is requiring daily catastrophe claims reporting for Hurricane Ian starting Friday, September 30 to assist with determining the impact of Hurricane Ian on Florida’s insurance industry. More information regarding catastrophe claims data and reporting is availablehere.
- State facilities closed can be found atdms.myflorida.com/buildingclosuresand the Florida DMS Emergency Information Hotline at 888-336-7345.
- The Lottery’s Gainesville, West Palm Beach, and Miami District Offices will reopen to employees and the public beginning Friday, September 30.
- Players are encouraged to visitwww.flalottery.comfor the most up-to-date information regarding Lottery office closures.