Houston Area Responds To Hurricane Michael In Florida
(Houston, TX) -- Houstonians are responding as Hurricane Michael makes its way towards the Florida panhandle. FEMA has activated Texas Task Force One, and about 80 members are on their way to help first responders as Floridians prepare for the storm. Houston-based Sun Coast Resources plans to send fuel and other supplies to people in harm's way. Sun Coast specializes in sending emergency fuel and other supplies into disaster zones, and responded after Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and others. About 100 Sun Coast employees are on their way to Florida.
National Guard, Florida Highway Patrol, And Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Prepare For Hurricane Response
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Military and law enforcement are mobilizing in Florida in preparation for Hurricane Michael. The Florida National Guard has activated 25-hundred soldiers and airmen for pre-landfall coordination and planning, with an emphasis on high water and search-and-rescue operations. The Florida Highway Patrol has pre-deployed 100 state troopers to the Panhandle and Big Bend areas. And the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has more than 100 officers ready to respond with a variety of specialized equipment, including shallow draft boats, ATVs, airboats, and four wheel drive vehicles.
Many Nursing Homes In Michael's Path Still Lack Generators
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Despite a Florida state law many nursing homes in the path of Hurricane Michael do not have power generators. Governor Rick Scott is warning them to get ready now so they can avoid a similar situation to last year's Hurricane Irma, where 14 residents in a nursing home died in Hollywood, Florida after it lost power. The state passed a law mandating nursing homes have functioning generators and they were to be installed by June 1, but half of the 412 facilities in the counties threatened by Hurricane Michael haven't yet.