Florida Governor Rick Scott urges Floridians to aid storm victims

Aug 29, 2012

The following article was published in The Florida Current on August 29, 2012:

Governor urges Floridians to aid storm victims

By The Florida Current Staff


Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he is activating Florida’s disaster relief fund, Neighbors to the Rescue, to assist recovery effort for areas swamped by rain deposited by Hurricane Isaac. The fund is run by the nonprofit group Florida’s Foundation.

Scott took an aerial tour of the damage in Palm Beach County brought by Isaac, which was a tropical storm as it skirted South Florida on Sunday, and Tropical Storm Debby. Two months after Debby soaked much of Florida, many areas of the state were still trying to recover from the storm, even before Isaac’s outer bands swept through South Florida. Palm Beach County officials estimated nearly $9 million in damages from Isaac.

“This morning, while Hurricane Isaac was beating down on western portions of the Panhandle, I got to see, first-hand, the flooding damage the storm left behind in Palm Beach County. We also have Floridians who are still recovering from Tropical Storm Debby. Your assistance will give much-needed help to our friends and neighbors in Florida who have sustained damages from these storms,” Scott said in a prepared statement.

Those who wish to donate to the relief fund can visit. www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org.

Scott later visited the Florida Keys to showcase that Florida’s tourism businesses are ready to welcome visitors, saying that Florida has “been very fortunate” to avoid major damage from Hurricane Isaac and hopes tourists understand that.

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