Governor DeSantis issues Executive Order covering Alachua County in preparation for Invest 93L

Press release from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-171, declaring a state of emergency for 33 counties in preparation for Invest 93L, which is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm in the coming days. The Governor and the Florida Division of Emergency Management are taking timely precautions to ensure Florida’s communities, infrastructure, and resources are prepared, including those communities that are still recovering following Hurricane Ian. To read the Executive Order, click here.

“I signed an Executive Order issuing a state of emergency out of an abundance of caution to ensure that the Florida Division of Emergency Management can begin staging resources and Floridians have plenty of time to prepare their families for a storm next week,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I encourage Floridians to have a plan in place and ensure that their hurricane supply kit is stocked.”

To find resources to help you and your family prepare for this storm, you can visit floridadisaster.org/planprepare.

The forecast currently places a tropical storm or hurricane making landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast early – mid next week, with the potential for heavy rainfall, strong winds, and for isolated tornadic activity. Governor DeSantis issued the State of Emergency for the following 33 counties:

  • Alachua
  • Bay
  • Calhoun
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Columbia
  • DeSoto
  • Dixie
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gilchrist
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Hardee
  • Hernando
  • Hillsborough
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Lee
  • Leon
  • Levy
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Marion
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Sarasota
  • Sumter
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla

Follow @FLSERT and @GovRonDeSantis on Twitter for live updates. Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on emergency preparedness.

    • Thank heaven for small favors. But, to be cynical, Alachua county is in his crosshairs. Too ‘woke’ for his taste, aims to do something about that

      • Yeah, and fortunately Biden doesn’t act that way toward red states like Florida, or rural areas who mostly didn’t vote for him. That’s how Rep Kat can give out internet money and DeSantis can give out FEMA money and money for that fallen skyscraper while cussing out Joe.

        And then he accuses Joe of weaponizing government. Are you kidding me?

  • I’m thankful for our Governor – he takes care of his responsibilities, and he’s proactive about all sorts of threats to the state, whether from storms, from criminal activity, or political overreach. He continues to do a great job!

  • No mention of Biden?

    “President Biden on Monday spoke with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to offer federal assistance as the state braces for Tropical Storm Idalia, marking a rare interaction between the president and the 2024 GOP presidential candidate, who is a frequent Biden critic.

    Biden told DeSantis on the call he had approved an emergency declaration for Florida in anticipation of the storm, freeing up additional federal resources for the state to respond to it. FEMA has also deployed personnel and resources to the state, the White House said in a readout of the call.

    “President Biden said Florida will have his full support as they prepare for Idalia and its aftermath. President Biden also expressed his commitment to ongoing support for the people of Jacksonville following the horrific shooting on Saturday,” the White House said in a statement….

    The call between Biden and DeSantis comes as the Florida governor has repeatedly excoriated the president’s policies on the campaign trail. During last week’s GOP primary debate, DeSantis took aim frequently at the White House and bemoaned that the country was in “decline” under Biden’s leadership.

    But the two have set aside politics in the past, with Biden visiting Florida after a building collapse in 2021 and again meeting with DeSantis and state officials to tour storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian last year.”


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