President Biden approved the Florida Emergency Declaration Saturday following DeSantis’ statewide expansion of the state of emergency.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded the state of emergency he issued for 24 Florida counties on Friday to include all of the counties on Saturday.
Additionally, DeSantis has requested a federal pre-landfall emergency declaration in anticipation of impacts from the storm. It will make available resources and support and free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.
According to White House officials, the declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate hardship and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures.
Under the order, the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders.
“Today, I signed an executive order issuing a state of emergency due to the threat of Tropical Depression 9,” DeSantis said in a prepared statement. “This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations. We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.”
In response to the state of emergency, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the price gouging hotline Friday.