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Governor Scott: Orlando Shooting is an Act of Terror in Florida

Governor Scott: Orlando Shooting is an Act of Terror in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott made the following statement after declaring a State of Emergency in Orange County after the horrific shooting this morning in Orlando.

Governor Scott said, “This is clearly an act of terror that happened in Orlando this morning.  It sickens me and makes me angry. Of course, this is a time of great tragedy, and in every tragedy, there is a flood of sadness, confusion and despair. But, this is an attack on our people.  An attack on Orlando.  An attack on Florida.  An attack on America.  An attack on all of us.
“We still have a lot of questions that are unanswered. Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone touched by this senseless tragedy. I want to urge the people of our state to pray for the victims, families of those who have been killed and wounded.  Pray for our city, state and country.

“We are a great state.  We are a diverse state and we have wonderful people here in Florida that will respond with dignity, strength and fortitude in the days ahead.

“To the people who did this or may be thinking about doing something similar: you don’t want to commit an act of terror in our state.  In Florida, our justice system is swift and our penalties are severe.  We are at a 45-year crime low and proud to be a safe state for our 20 million residents and 100 million tourists.

“While our hearts are broken for the injuries and the loss of life that occurred here early this morning, I have every confidence that the Orlando community will come together and heal. We are a strong and resilient state.  We have declared a state of emergency in Orange County to ensure all resources are made available to handle this tragic incident.  We will also devote every and all available resources to help the city of Orlando heal


Governor Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund Following Orlando Terror Attack

Governor Scott Activates Florida Disaster Fund Following Orlando Terror Attack

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund following yesterday’s terror attack in Orlando. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Governor Scott said, “We are committed to ensuring that every resource is available to help those in need following yesterday’s horrific terror attack in Orlando. Since the attack, we have seen Floridians unite together and our state has received an incredible outpouring of prayers and support. Activating the Florida Disaster Fund will give individuals across the country the opportunity to assist survivors and the loved ones of the victims. We will continue to work together in the coming days to do all we can to help this community heal.”

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. There is no overhead funding; 100% of funds raised will go toward those in need. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible.

Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website www.floridadisasterfund.org or by check to the below address.  Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL  32311

For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact info@volunteerflorida.org or call (850) 414-7400


Gov. Scott Issues Updates on State Response to Orlando Terror Attack

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on State Response to Orlando Terror Attack

ORLANDO, Fla. – Following the terror attack in Orlando yesterday morning, Governor Scott today remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott remains in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the day.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains at a level 1 since the activation at 11:00 AM EST yesterday. The SEOC is coordinating efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE continues to coordinate with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on the terror attack and ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and deployed a 22 person Victim Identification Unit to support the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office and a 20 person Morgue Identification Unit.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors and the blood center is at full capacity. DOH is asking donors to make appointments to donate later in the week. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

  • DJJ has notified all employees of the availability of the counseling services through the employee assistance program.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support.
  • FDOT urges all Orlando resident and visitors to monitor local traffic advisories through FL511.com.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to stands ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • FHP is providing scene security and patrol in the immediate area of the incident. Motorists should plan their routes accordingly and try to avoid the area.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual’s family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • The FWC Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available in the Orlando region to provide emotional and psychological support to first responders if needed.

Florida Department of Education

Florida College System

  • Seminole State College has grief counselors available for students and staff at all of its campuses. The college is also encouraging students and staff to use the crisis hotlines as needed; students should call (407) 416-9976 and staff should call (800) 272-7252.
  • Valencia College has grief counselors available for students and staff, as well as reflection spaces on campus. The college has also increased the number of security officers and law enforcement present. Students and staff have access to free counseling via phone by calling (800) 878-5470.
  • The Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges will continue to watch for updates and ensure counselors are available where needed.

K-12 Public School System

  • The Orange County Public Schools Headquarters Office will have heighted security, and grief counselors will be available. All Orange County Public Schools are currently out for summer break.

Florida Department of Management Services

DMS is monitoring both commercial, cellular and public safety land mobile radio to ensure first responders, residents and visitors are able to communicate response and recovery needs.


Charles Murphy News 6/13

News Cast for June 13th:

A candidate for congress suggests Lake Okeechobee be designated a national monument. Democrat April Freeman is running in District 17 that covers Okeechobee and Glades Counties. She said a major problem with the cleanup of the lake is the toxic substances already there that can’t be dumped in another location. Freeman said a repair of the Herbert hoover dike would be expedited should the lake be a national monument, which would open up new federal dollars.   Her other issues are protection of social security, better medicare programs for seniors, and better treatment of veterans.

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A juror changed her mind in a manslaughter trial last month and has asked the judge to reverse the guilty verdict handed down against Ramiro Reyna, he allegedly killed Gerardo Manzo outside an Okeechobee night club on January 27th of 2 thousand 14.  The juror said she didn’t have enough to eat that day and wasn’t thinking clearly due to a lack of sugar.  A motion for new trial has been made.

A veteran’s service dog was killed protecting Robert Lineberger from an alligator at the Port LaBelle marina in Glades County.  The 13 foot gator was sitting on the dock at the marina.

A 76 year old Sarasota woman was hospitalized after her Cadillac collided with a horse on route 70 in Highlands County Saturday night.  the horse was killed.  Betty Everts was transported to Florida hospital in Lake Placid with serious injury.  The driver of the car, 72 year old Frank Brown was not hurt.

Highlands County crash (003)

An expert in human trafficking is concerned nine-year-old Diana Alvarez could be a victim of traffickers. The search for the girl continued and expanded in recent days. Various media sources claim Orange, Osceola, Polk, Pasco, Jackson, Glades and Hendry County areas have been searched. One report suggests the state delayed unnecessarily for several days issuing an amber alert because they did not consider the case an abduction. 28 year old Jorge Guerrero was captured in Okeechobee on June 3rd.  He so far has been charged with child pornography possession in US District Court.

MEMORANDUM- Orlando

Sports Cast for June 13th:

IMG_2093Osceola middle school named Eric Phillips as their new girls basketball coach. Phillips is a local pastor whose son Daniel, is a rising youth basketball player. Phillips said he’s looking forward to making Osceola a good basketball team.

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Osceola Principal Sean Downing said he felt Phillips would be a good mentor and role model for the kids.

Downing 1

Osceola and Yearling both will shift schedules next year and will not play four Indian River county schools in basketball.  Instead they plan to schedule, Clewiston, LaBelle, and Moore Haven instead.

Both teams have struggled to compete with Indian River on a consistent basis in recent years.


Gov. Scott: We Will Devote Every Resource Available to Assist with Orlando Shooting

Gov. Scott: We Will Devote Every Resource Available to Assist with Orlando Shooting  

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on this morning’s shooting in Orlando.

Governor Scott said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all those affected by this horrific tragedy.  We are a strong and resilient state and we will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando.  Our state emergency operations center is also monitoring this tragic incident.  I have been in constant communication with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and state and local law enforcement this morning. I would like to also thank all the first responders who quickly came to assist and help those in need.”

Governor Scott is traveling to Orlando now to meet with law enforcement and local officials. An updated schedule will be released shortly.


Governor Scott: Orlando Shooting is an Act of Terror in Florida

Governor Scott: Orlando Shooting is an Act of Terror in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott made the following statement after declaring a State of Emergency in Orange County after the horrific shooting this morning in Orlando.

Governor Scott said, “This is clearly an act of terror that happened in Orlando this morning.  It sickens me and makes me angry. Of course, this is a time of great tragedy, and in every tragedy, there is a flood of sadness, confusion and despair. But, this is an attack on our people.  An attack on Orlando.  An attack on Florida.  An attack on America.  An attack on all of us.
“We still have a lot of questions that are unanswered. Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone touched by this senseless tragedy. I want to urge the people of our state to pray for the victims, families of those who have been killed and wounded.  Pray for our city, state and country.

“We are a great state.  We are a diverse state and we have wonderful people here in Florida that will respond with dignity, strength and fortitude in the days ahead.

“To the people who did this or may be thinking about doing something similar: you don’t want to commit an act of terror in our state.  In Florida, our justice system is swift and our penalties are severe.  We are at a 45-year crime low and proud to be a safe state for our 20 million residents and 100 million tourists.

“While our hearts are broken for the injuries and the loss of life that occurred here early this morning, I have every confidence that the Orlando community will come together and heal. We are a strong and resilient state.  We have declared a state of emergency in Orange County to ensure all resources are made available to handle this tragic incident.  We will also devote every and all available resources to help the city of Orlando heal.”


Flags at Half-Staff for Victims of the Orlando Terrorist Attack

Flags at Half-Staff for Victims of the Orlando Terrorist Attack

In honor and remembrance of the victims of the act of terror committed in Orlando during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local, state, and federal buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida.  The flags shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset, Thursday, June 16, 2016.


Statement from Vice President Biden on Mass Shooting in Orlando

Statement from Vice President Biden on Mass Shooting in Orlando

Last night, at least fifty innocent people gathering to celebrate love and life were brutally killed in an act of pure hate and unspeakable terror. Scores of others were injured in the attack. They were our brothers and our sisters; our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. In the coming days, we will learn more about these fifty souls and the lives they lived and the world they made better.

As the President made clear, we are closely monitoring and fully involved in the investigation of the country’s worst mass shooting. We are grateful for the heroic actions of the Orlando Police, first responders—and many bystanders—who charged into danger and saved lives; who rushed the wounded to hospitals in ambulances, in police cars, in the backs of pickup trucks, and carried others to safety. As in the midst of so much evil, their acts are a reminder of the best in our common humanity.

Jill and I offer our prayers and deepest condolences for all those affected by today’s horrific events. But our prayers are not enough to end these kinds of senseless mass shootings. The violence is not normal, and the targeting of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans is evil and abhorrent.

Our law enforcement and intelligence professionals are still gathering the facts, and we do not yet know what, if any, connection or inspiration there may be with terrorist organizations. But we do know this—we will never rest in our relentless campaign to bring to justice all who would do America harm. And even as we grieve and pursue justice, no act of terror—no despicable act of hate—can tear us asunder. Times of unspeakable tragedy and evil like this are the moments to remind the killers, and the world, of what is best in us, and what unites us.

May God give strength to the families, friends, and all those who grieve today, with broken hearts, but unbound resolve. And may God continue to watch over our great nation.


Gov. Scott Issues Updates on State Response to Orlando Terrorist Attack

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on State Response to Orlando Terrorist Attack

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, following the terrorist attack in Orlando this morning, Governor Scott has remained in constant communication with state agency leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any needs. Governor Scott is currently in Orlando and has been meeting with federal, state and local officials throughout the day.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee activated to a level 1 at 11:00 AM EST. The SEOC is coordinating efforts with federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond as needed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • FDLE is coordinating with the FBI, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on the terrorist attack and ongoing investigation.
  • FDLE is assisting the FBI investigating links to terrorism, and the Florida Fusion Center continues to share resources, expertise, and information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach.
  • FDLE is also leading the officer-involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been relieved of duties per normal officer-involved shooting procedure.
  • FDLE encourages all Floridians and visitors to report suspicious activity. “If You See Something, Say Something™” by calling 1-855-FLA-SAFE or report online at FDLE.State.FL.US.

Florida Department of Health

  • The Florida Department of Health has activated the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and deployed a 20 person Victim Identification Unit to support the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.
  • The department is closely monitoring the supply of blood in the area and is in regular contact with OneBlood and other Orlando area blood banks. Blood banks reported that donation centers are overcrowded with willing donors; the blood center is at full capacity and DOH is asking donors to make appointments and to donate later in the week. Residents who are interested in donating blood should schedule an appointment later this week via www.oneblood.org.
  • DOH has activated personnel to support the Florida Fusion Center at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • DOH has established contact with the Florida Crisis Consortia and proactively alerted Disaster Behavioral Health Teams to be on stand-by for future deployments.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

  • The Orlando Command Center Staff are set up in the parking lot of the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center. DJJ staff have redirected center staff and visitors for the day to an alternate access for the center. Command center staff have access to the lobby of the building for use of facilities, should they need them.

Florida Department of Transportation

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) remains in constant contact with all local and district partners and stands ready to offer traffic and road closure support if needed.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles stands ready to assist with traffic and road closure support if needed.
  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all Floridians to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI). By registering emergency contact information, an individual’s family and loved ones can have peace of mind that law enforcement can reach them in the event of an emergency. Individuals can register or update their ECI here: www.flhsmv.gov/ECI.

Florida Department of Education

The Orange County Public Schools Headquarters Office will implement heighted security tomorrow and grief counselors will be available if needed. All Orange County Public Schools are currently out for summer break.


FOLLOWING ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK, GOV. SCOTT REQUESTS EMERGENCY DECLARATION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

FOLLOWING ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK, GOV. SCOTT REQUESTS EMERGENCY DECLARATION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott has requested an Emergency Declaration under the Stafford Act from President Obama. To view the letter, click HERE.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Yesterday’s terror attack was an attack on our state and entire nation. This morning, I have asked President Obama to declare an emergency so that the full resources of the federal government can be made available for all those impacted by this horrific massacre.

“I have remained in constant communication with federal, state and local law enforcement. I have spoken with our hospitals who are caring for those who are wounded and recovering. I have also been in contact with some of the victims’ families to let them know we are grieving with them and will be there for them every step of the way. Our state is mourning, but the Orlando community is strong. We are all coming together, and we will get through this together. I ask every American to continue to pray for our state and nation and all those affected by this terror attack.”

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera said, “We are devastated, angry and disgusted by the horrifying act of domestic terrorism that took place here in our state. I have been on the ground in Orlando, and the sense of community and love we see here is proof that we are a resilient people. We as Americans have shown and will continue to show that we cannot and will not be intimidated into changing our way of life by evil. The State of Florida has offered all resources available, and will continue to be in constant contact with all agencies involved. Our prayers are with those and their families devastated by last night’s act of terror, and we will be doing everything possible to support.”


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