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Gov. DeSantis requests pre-landfall disaster ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 9:31 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 21:31:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Trump formally requesting a pre-landfall disaster declaration for Florida.

Current forecasts project Hurricane Dorian will hit the east coast of Florida as a major hurricane, possibly as strong as a Category 4. The pre-landfall declaration request is for all 67 counties in Florida.

“With Hurricane Dorian strengthening, I have sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that he declare a pre-landfall disaster for all of Florida’s 67 counties,” said Governor DeSantis. “The trajectory of this storm remains uncertain, and this declaration will provide us with the necessary resources to ensure the state is fully prepared. I am confident the President will grant my request and show his full support for Florida.”

The declaration will provide important resources and assistance from the federal government, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.

Florida’s entire Congressional delegation wrote a letter to President Trump in support of Governor DeSantis’ request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration in the expectation of Hurricane Dorian.

Additionally, at Governor DeSantis’ direction, approximately 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard have been activated, with an additional 1,500 on standby awaiting orders.