Panama City, Fla. - "Do not sit and wait to prepare. Get prepared now," Gov. Rick Scott said.
You can't hear it enough: prepare. That's what Governor Scott has been doing for Florida.
Now, he has a message for everyone in the state.
"It's incredibly important that all Floridians pay close attention to this dangerous storm," he said.
Starting Friday, all state government buildings in Florida will be closed in preparation for the storm.
"I am encouraging all state employees who are able to volunteer at local shelters to please do so," Scott said.
He's lifted tolls on all Florida toll roads including the two tolls on Midbay Bridge Road in Okaloosa County. The governor also rescinded all weight and driver restrictions on highways so supplies can be brought to Florida quickly.
He asks Floridians to take calls for evacuations very seriously.
"Remember, we can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life."
Some panhandle grocery stores are already out of some supplies like water. The governor said the state is going to help replenish shortages quickly.
He activated the state emergency operations center to a level one, which means it will be staffed with emergency management personnel and all emergency support functions 24 hours a day.
*To find an evacuation plan for your family, visit www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan
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