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What Does A “State Of Emergency” in Florida Actually Mean?

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Updated: 07.06.21

Governor Ron DeSantis Declares “State Of Emergency” in Florida

Whether it is for a hurricane, tropical storm, structural disaster or other natural disasters, Governor Ron DeSantis can declare a “State Of Emergency”. In the last few years, between the Surfside condo collapse, toxic algae bloom, hurricanes, and other emergencies many are confused as to what the phrase “state of emergency” actually means. Is it an overreaction, or is it a necessary precaution? Understanding what “state of emergency” means is important when evaluating safety risks.

According to Florida Law, “A state of emergency shall be declared by executive order or proclamation of the Governor if she or he finds an emergency has occurred or that the occurrence or the threat thereof is imminent. The state of emergency shall continue until the Governor finds that the threat or danger has been dealt with to the extent that the emergency conditions no longer exist and she or he terminates the state of emergency by executive order or proclamation, but no state of emergency may continue for longer than 60 days unless renewed by the Governor.”

How Does Declaring a “State of Emergency” Help?

By declaring a state of emergency, a couple different avenues open for Gov. DeSantis to pursue if he deems necessary. It also significantly reduces legal red tape that block off resources. For example, it activates the emergency mitigation, response and recovery aspects of the state, local and inter-jurisdictional emergency management plans. It also gives Gov. DeSantis the authority to deploy and use any forces he needs and to help distribute supplies and needed materials. In addition to several more regulations that you canread here, Florida law also prohibits price gouging of essential commodities such as food, ice, gas, wood, and hotels during a declared state of emergency.

So, even though all the counties in Florida under this current state of emergency might not be affected much, it is still important to take this precautionary measure. All Florida residents need to be ready during state of emergencies. By declaring a state of emergency Floridians can feel a little more at ease knowing that Gov. DeSantis activated the channels to get the resources we need.