MEMORANDUM: Executive Order 24-95 (Amending Executive Order 24-94, Emergency Management – May North Florida Tornadoes)
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~ On Monday, May 13, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the issuance of Executive Order 24-95, amending the previous Executive Order 24-94 in response to the severe weather that hit North Florida on Friday, May 10. The new executive order expands the state of emergency to include a total of 15 counties.

The initial executive order was issued on May 10, declaring a state of emergency for several counties in North Florida due to the dangerous thunderstorm that caused multiple tornadoes and strong winds. The aftermath of the storm has left thousands without power and widespread debris across the affected areas.

As Governor DeSantis stated in his press release, it is his responsibility to address and mitigate the dangers posed by this emergency. The new executive order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the expiration of Executive Order 24-94.

The counties included in Executive Order 24-95 are Baker, Columbia, Escambia, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla. These counties join the previously declared state of emergency areas.

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The full text of Executive Order 24-95 can be found on the Governor's website or by clicking here. In summary, it amends Section l of Executive Order 24-94 to include the additional counties under a state of emergency.

Governor DeSantis invoked his authority as outlined in Article IV Section l(a) of the Florida Constitution and the Florida Emergency Management Act to issue this executive order. He reaffirmed and ratified Executive Order 24-94 with this amendment.

The Governor's office urges all residents in these affected areas to stay informed and follow any safety precautions issued by local authorities. The state will continue to monitor and respond to any further developments related to this severe weather event.

In conclusion, Governor Ron DeSantis has taken swift action to address the aftermath of the severe weather in North Florida by issuing Executive Order 24-95, expanding the state of emergency to include 15 counties. The executive order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the expiration of Executive Order 24-94.

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