This week the Florida Panhandle was hit by record rains and floods, and a state of emergency was declared for 26 counties. We toured Pensacola to speak with residents and survey the storm’s damage. Although there was severe damage, many families and communities were helped thanks to the rapid response of first responders, sheriff’s offices, the Florida National Guard, and state and local agencies. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this storm and we are committed to providing the necessary supplies and support to restore damaged homes and communities. Together, we will work to rebuild impacted areas.
This event should serve as a reminder that preparing for disasters should be a priority for Floridians across the state. To get tips on how you can protect your family by developing your own emergency plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
Florida state employees are working hard for Florida families.
I want to congratulate Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jennifer Vicens for being awarded the Law Enforcement Officers Charitable Foundation’s State Agent of the Year. Special Agent Vicens was recognized for her work solving two cases of theft and for keeping our families and communities safe.
I would also like to applaud Dr. Kevin Sherin, of the Florida Department of Health, for receiving the 2014 Volunteer Award by Shepherd’s Hope, a volunteer clinic in Orlando. Dr. Sherin was honored for using his expertise and experience to provide volunteer medical care to Florida families and children.