JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today spoke with school superintendents in impacted counties regarding school reopening status and offered the full resources of the state to assist in the reopening of schools as quickly as possible.

Governor Scott said, “I just spoke with superintendents on Florida’s east coast to make sure all schools are able to quickly reopen following Hurricane Matthew. Many schools served as shelters, sustained damage or had busses that were damaged. I know some counties have already decided to close on Monday. We have to do all we can to get every school to reopen because we have to keep our students learning. Schools are also sometimes the only place a child gets a meal. I have offered the full resources of the state to these school districts to make sure all schools open immediately. We will provide whatever is necessary so they can open their doors. I have also authorized the Florida National Guard to assist with cleanup efforts at any schools that served as shelters if school districts request it.”

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state’s disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Watch Office, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination. Follow the Division on social media at facebook.com/FloridaSERT or on Twitter @FLSERT.

 

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