Dear Fellow Floridians:
For the last ten years, Florida has largely been spared the damage and destruction of a major hurricane. We’ve been lucky and our reprieve has been well-deserved, but Floridians have been discussing the landfall possibilities of two storms this week: Hurricane Danny and now Tropical Storm Erika.
While Hurricane Danny is shifting off our radar, Tropical Storm
Erika’s presence remains a concern for many of us across the state. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Erika to become a hurricane and that it will cross over the Bahamas this weekend. While forecasts can change, and there’s no way to predict the future, Floridians would be well-served by taking this opportunity to shore up their finances and their disaster plans.
Whether you’re new to Florida or a lifetime resident, we have tools available to make sure your family is prepared for the next hurricane on the horizon. As Floridians we’ve come to realize that the threat of a storm is not an 'if' but a 'when.'
And especially this week, on the landfall anniversaries of both Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded of the sheer power and force of Mother Nature. The images of a ravaged South Florida and Gulf Coast are not easily forgotten, and we continue to feel their impacts even today.
I encourage each of you to browse the toolkits and resources available on our
website, and once you feel your family is prepared, to lend a hand to a friend or neighbor who may need assistance. Please don’t’ forget that pets are family, too, and remember to include them in your family’s emergency operations plans.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida