Tag: National Guard


Florida voters will decide whether the state Constitution should mandate death benefits be paid when law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters and other first responders are killed while performing their official duties. In a 30-7 vote on Monday, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission backed the proposal (Proposal 6002), which will appear as Amendment 7 on […]


Gov. Rick Scott has a message for Floridians: “Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.” “Don’t take a chance,” the governor said during a Hurricane Matthew briefing in St. Johns County on Thursday afternoon. “Time is running out. There are no excuses not to evacuate.” The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a catastrophic […]


More than half of Florida’s National Guard has been activated ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Gov. Rick Scott announced 3,500 members of the National Guard have been activated, more than half of the available troops. The governor said he will continue to activate members to help with evacuations, and prepare for search and rescue missions. “Protecting lives […]

Ryan RayJune 6, 2016

Just six days into 2016 hurricane season, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties ahead of Tropical Storm Colin’s landfall. Scott issued the declaration via executive order shortly before noon on Monday, citing maximum sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour and the potential for severe storm damage in counties […]


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