Briefs

FL corrections officials say no injuries to inmates, staff after storm passed; prison reform activists critical

BY: - September 29, 2022

The Florida Department of Corrections reported Thursday that there were no reported injuries to inmates or on-duty staff at various prison facilities throughout the state after Ian made landfall. But prison reform activists remain critical, saying the department didn’t evacuate inmates at Charlotte Correctional Institution, at a time when Charlotte County was considered a target […]

Gov. DeSantis goes live as he manages Ian response, with Fox News stars, other interviews

BY: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis burned up the airwaves while managing the state’s response to Hurricane Ian, holding press conferences throughout Wednesday as the Category 4 storm landed in Florida, as well as interviews with broadcasters including Fox News stars. The governor appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio program and even the Trumpist One America News Network during […]

President Biden approves Florida disaster declaration

BY: - September 29, 2022

(UPDATED) President Biden declared Florida a major disaster area Thursday morning, ordering federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida as a Category 4 storm yesterday afternoon. The declaration will allow federal aid to go to Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. […]

DeSantis says Ian expects to create major flooding in NE Florida, hundreds of miles from landfall

BY: - September 28, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said early evening Wednesday that while Hurricane Ian is still battering the Southwest part of the peninsula, the Category 4 storm is going to continue to lash through Florida hundreds of miles away before it escapes into the Atlantic. “We do anticipate some major flooding events in Northeast Florida,” the governor […]

FEMA, Red Cross officials, announce operations by land, air and sea once Hurricane Ian passes FL

BY: - September 28, 2022

In a Washington, D.C. meeting Wednesday, FEMA Director Deanne Criswell said search and rescue operations are the top priority for her organization immediately after Hurricane Ian passes through Florida. Search and rescue organizations teams are currently staged in Miami and encompass members of FEMA’s own search and rescue program, as well as members from the […]

U.S. House panel investigating Jan. 6 attack postpones hearing

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — A Wednesday hearing planned by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has been postponed due to Hurricane Ian nearing landfall in Florida. A new date has not been announced. “In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s […]

President Biden reaches out to FL as Hurricane Ian approaches the west coast of the peninsula

BY: - September 27, 2022

As Hurricane Ian continues its path towards the west coast of Florida, President Joe Biden on Tuesday afternoon showed support for Florida officials and reiterated that federal resources will be available. “Experts say this could be a very severe hurricane — life-threatening and devastating in its impact,” Biden said, according to the Miami Herald. “Safety […]

FL, Tampa Bay officials warn of significant storm potential as evacuations begin and some schools close

BY: and - September 26, 2022

The National Hurricane Center on Monday placed Tampa Bay under a hurricane watch and a storm surge watch while state and county officials and Gov. Ron DeSantis assess the path of Ian and prepare for evacuations and likely more school closings. Hillsborough County officials said this morning that they expect to have to evacuate over […]

President Biden’s scheduled trip to Florida now postponed due to Tropical Storm Ian

BY: - September 25, 2022

The White House and Democratic National Committee announced Saturday night that President Joe Biden’s visit to Florida on Tuesday has been postponed due to Tropical Storm Ian. Biden was scheduled to speak in Fort Lauderdale and then appear later in the day at a political rally organized by the Democratic National Committee. It’s the second […]

New monkeypox infections in United States continue downward trend

BY: - September 23, 2022

With the rate of new monkeypox cases continuing to decrease in the United States, global health officials are reporting new deaths in other countries and warning that it’s too early to become lax on public health safeguards. The World Health Organization has now reported 23 deaths, mostly in Africa, an increase of five since its […]

Florida lowering flags in memory of Elizabeth II

BY: - September 8, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered the U.S. and Florida state flags flown at half-staff in recognition of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday at the age of 96, who’d reigned for 70 years. “Pursuant to the President’s [Joe Biden] orders and as a mark of respect, I hereby direct the flags of the […]

FL reporting 2,148 monkeypox infections; feds step up vaccine distribution

BY: - September 7, 2022

With more than 2,000 monkeypox cases now reported in Florida, global health officials on Wednesday acknowledged a downward trend in cases in some countries but warned that it’s too early to give up on public health protections. Officials from the World Health Organization, which has been monitoring the health crisis, explained during a virtual press […]