TAMPA (FOX 13) - Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida late Monday, anticipating dangerous conditions from the still-growing Hurricane Irma.
"Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared," Scott wrote in the order announcing the move. "I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm."
Irma, a Category 4 storm as of Monday evening, was still several days away from impacting Florida. Forecasters say it's too soon to say when -- or even if -- the storm will hit the state, but officials say it's not too early to prepare.
The Florida Department of Emergency Management suggests residents create disaster supply kits, which can include food, water and other essentials needed for survival.
Governor Scott has been tweeting pleas to Floridians to begin preparing and to encourage others to do the same.
The below information is provided by the Florida Department of Emergency Management:
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
- foods for infants or the elderly
- snack foods
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools / fuel
- paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries - hygiene items
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Cash - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container
- insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
- document all valuables with videotape if possible
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
- proper identification / immunization records
- ample supply of food and water
- a carrier or cage
- muzzle and leash