ORLANDO, Fla. – Following the terror attack in Orlando yesterday morning, Governor Scott today remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott remains in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the day.
Florida Division of Emergency Management
- The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains at a level 1 since the activation at 11:00 AM EST yesterday. The SEOC is coordinating efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- FDLE continues to coordinate with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on the terror attack and ongoing investigation.
- FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
- FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
- FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.
Florida Department of Health
- The Florida Department of Health has activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and deployed a 22 person Victim Identification Unit to support the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office and a 20 person Morgue Identification Unit.
- The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors and the blood center is at full capacity. DOH is asking donors to make appointments to donate later in the week. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
- DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
- DJJ has notified all employees of the availability of the counseling services through the employee assistance program.
Florida Department of Transportation
- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support.
- FDOT urges all Orlando resident and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to stands ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
- FHP is providing scene security and patrol in the immediate area of the incident. Motorists should plan their routes accordingly and try to avoid the area.
- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual’s family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- The FWC Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available in the Orlando region to provide emotional and psychological support to first responders if needed.
Florida Department of Education
Florida College System
- Seminole State College has grief counselors available for students and staff at all of its campuses. The college is also encouraging students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (407) 416-9976 and staff should call (800) 272-7252.
- Valencia College has grief counselors available for students and staff, as well as reflection spaces on campus. The college has also increased the number of security officers and law enforcement present. Students and staff have access to free counseling via phone by calling (800) 878-5470.
- The Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges will continue to watch for updates and ensure counselors are available where needed.
K-12 Public School System
- The Orange County Public Schools Headquarters Office will have heighted security, and grief counselors will be available. All Orange County Public Schools are currently out for summer break.
Florida Department of Management Services
- DMS is monitoring both commercial, cellular and public safety land mobile radio to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.