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Senator Brandes, District 24 — Press Release


September 19, 2017

CONTACT: Chris Spencer, (727) 563-2100

Jeff Brandes Calls For Review Commission of Hurricane Response

Commission would review after action reports, evaluate, and oversee recovery projects

St. Petersburg, FL —

Today State Senator Jeff Brandes urged Governor Rick Scott to form a commission to review the disaster preparedness, response, and recovery of the state and local public entities involved in Hurricane Irma efforts, as well as critical infrastructure institutions such as public utilities and medical facilities.

“The response by Governor Scott, emergency management officials, and our first responders to Hurricane Irma has saved lives and overcome numerous challenges,” stated Senator Brandes. “We should learn from the experiences of this effort, while those lessons are fresh in our minds in order to positively impact future preparedness. As we begin the process of rebuilding, it is important that we have the appropriate oversight in place to stretch every relief dollar to the maximum benefit of Floridians.”

The commission would review after action reports created by state and local emergency operations centers, utilities, state agencies, medical facilities, and other critical service providers in order to evaluate and oversee recovery projects. The commission would ensure that state and county needs are met in a manner that best leverages disaster relief dollars. Additionally, it would make certain that the assessments of the recovery actions taken by both public and private entities become best practices to prepare for future events. Similar oversight commissions have been used to facilitate recovery efforts from disasters like the Deepwater Horizon and Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Senator Brandes believes this commission would allow the state to learn from our experiences, improve response plans, and deliver relief to impacted Floridians.