Important Updates Regarding Irma Recovery Response Efforts In Florida

The office of Gov. Rick Scott has issued an important list of emergency support functions and resources that are currently being carried out by state emergency response teams. 

Check out the list below for important information, links, and resources that are pertinent to your area: 


  • Flood warnings and rip current risks are in effect across the state. For current advisories by county, click here



  • There were more than 5.6 million outages as of 9 a.m. 
  • Do not try to handle downed power lines. Contact your local utility company to report it


  • The Florida Highway Patrol has 20 troopers dedicated to fuel escorts from Port of Jacksonville, Port of Tampa, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral to impacted areas as soon as ports reopen
  • Port Everglades is open to traffic on the landside terminals. Fuel trucks are actively filling and leaving the terminals to refuel gas stations.  Port Everglades is expected to open to ships later today
  • Port Canaveral has opened landside terminals for fuel trucks to fill and deliver. Port Canaveral is expected to open to ships today
  • Port of Tampa has landslide terminals open and fuel trucks are actively filling and leaving the terminals to deliver gas to stations. Tankers will begin delivery this evening, with at least seven expected in the next 72 hours. Port Tampa is expected to open this afternoon


  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has completed damage assessments on major highways. 
    • Every interstate and turnpike is open for Floridians, however, everyone should continue to listen to local officials on when to return home
  • FDOT damage assessment teams and debris removal crews are assessing damage on US 1 south in the Keys 
    • No residents or visitors are permitted into the area until an assessment of damage on roadways and bridges is complete 
    • Follow the direction of local officials regarding entrance into Monroe County
  • FDOT continues to coordinate with Google's emergency response team to “close” damaged roads in Google Maps in real time following damage assessments 
  • FDOT's cut and toss crews are continuing to work with utility crews across the state to clear road debris so power can be restored quickly.
  • Bridge inspections and debris clearance are ongoing throughout the state
  • Real-time traffic information is available at
  • Governor Scott directed the FDOT to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma 
    • Tolls remain suspended and immediate recovery efforts continue


  • Residents who sustained losses in the nine declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at
  • Residents are also encouraged to download the FEMA App to begin the registration process
  • The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice


  • Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings 
    • If you need help finding your Florida’s property insurance company’s website and contact information, click HERE
    • For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE
  • Consumers with questions about their policies and those who need help filing a claim should call the CFO’s free Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236
  • OIR's “Hurricane Season Resources” webpage contains links to information provided by the Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program, and contact information for Florida’s property insurers



  • More than 200 FWC officers are deployed in areas with resources such as trucks, coastal and river patrol boats, ATVs and shallow draft boats to respond to critical areas based on the storm’s path 
    • FWC Special Operations Group officers, National Guard members and an Urban Search and Rescue Team began rescue operations in the Keys Monday
  • FWC has more than 500 law enforcement vessels deployed throughout the state
  • FWC has sworn in more than 300 officers deployed from Georgia, Mississippi, Delaware, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas
  • The entire Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is on 12-hour shifts
  • FHP has 20 troopers dedicated to fuel escorts from Port of Jacksonville, Port of Tampa, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral to impacted areas as soon as ports reopen
  • FHP is providing security escorts to 44 tractor trailers with relief supplies into Florida from the Georgia/Florida state line to Miami
    • 60 FHP troopers have been deployed to assist the Polk County Sheriff 
    • 50 troopers have been deployed to assist the Collier County Sheriff 
    • 20 troopers have been deployed to assist St. Johns County law enforcement
  • FHP is providing a security escort to seven AT&T communication trucks to assist with communication coverage in Monroe County

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