On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency due to impacts from Tropical Storm Debby.
When an emergency declaration is made, FEMA typically reimburses states 75 percent of any costs associated with protecting the public in advance of the storm. For CodeRED mass notification system clients with a minute-based contract, a large percentage of their use of the system can be reimbursed by the state.
According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm conditions will continue over portions of the Florida Gulf Coast today. TS Debby is expected to dump an additional four to eight inches of rain on northern Florida during the next couple of days with isolated storm totals of up to 25 inches in some areas. Additionally, isolated tornadoes are possible across the Florida Peninsula.
“Because of the broad impact of Tropical Storm Debby, virtually every county in Florida could be affected. Some communities are already grappling with flooding, wind damage and electrical outages,” said Governor Scott. “This executive order allows the State Emergency Response Team to quickly and effectively coordinate the response and ensure needed resources are available. Florida’s residents and guests should stay informed of the progress of Tropical Storm Debby and heed all instructions from local officials to keep their family, friends and businesses safe.”
If your CodeRED contract is minute-based and you have used the system to inform and protect your community from the effects of Tropical Storm Debby, you are encouraged to work with your Operations Specialist who will help compile system usage data that you will use to send to your local FEMA representative.
For more information, please contact your CodeRED Operations Specialist after the storm has passed.