Last Call – A prime time read on what’s going on in Florida politics.
It’s a busy Monday here in the Sunshine State so please bear with us as First Shot starts to become more of a shot flight.
Significantly fewer Floridians age 45 and older have natural disaster contingency plans, according to AARP.
according to a opinion poll Conducted over the summer, just 67% of respondents said they had a plan for 2022, up from 75% three years earlier.
“AARP Florida proactively raises awareness of the importance of effective preparedness each year, and the results of the most recent AARP survey, which indicate a significant decline in natural disaster preparedness preparedness, are worrying,” said the AARP Florida State Director jeff johnson. “While we intended to release the results of this survey later this fall, this warning cannot wait. We urge Floridians to implement their contingency plans now.”
The most notable drop is for homeowners, from 71% to 55%; down from 71% to 59% among those with an annual household income of less than $50,000; and in those aged 45 to 49 from 74% to 58%.
The declines could be due to the influx of new residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. governor Ron DeSantis‘ Remarks in recent days included specifics for new Floridians.
AARP also reported an increase in plans to shelter on site rather than evacuate from 55% to 61%, attributing the change to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
OneBlood strongly encourages blood donations, especially O-negative and O-positive blood.
“Hurricanes and tropical systems can disrupt blood draws,” said OneBlood senior vice president Susan Forbes said. “The most critical time for blood donations is before any storm or hurricane to keep the blood supply going during and immediately after the event.”
OneBlood encourages all eligible donors, including those with different blood types, to visit a Big Red Bus donor center or blood drive to ensure blood is available for patients in need. To find a donation location and make an appointment, visit oneblood.org.
Though the Florida State campus is shrinking, kickoff is expected at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Wake Forest.
“We are closely monitoring forecasts regarding the hurricane and will be in constant contact with both local and state officials, as well as the administration of Wake Forest and the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said FSU vice president and director of athletics Michael Alford. “As always, the safety of student-athletes, game staff and fans is our top priority.”
—”Prepare, don’t panic, says Gov. Ron DeSantis as Hurricane Ian approaches‘ via Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics
—”How the Democrats gave DeSantis a pass‘ about Molly Ball’s time
—”DeSantis privately raises election deniers while publicly remaining a mom over 2020‘ via CNN’s Steve Contorno
—”Charlie Crist tears up DeSantis insurance defaults as Ian storms into Florida‘ via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics
—”CBO: White House plans to reduce $400 billion in student loan debt‘ via Jeff Stein and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of The Washington Post
—”Russia grants citizenship to ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden‘ via The Associated Press
—”How Black Americans Reshaped Georgia Politics‘ via Elena Mejía and Alex Samuels of FiveThirtyEight
—”Preparing for Impact: Florida schools close ahead of Ian‘ via POLITICO’s Andrew Atterbury
—”Sixth property insurer declared bankrupt‘ via Jim Saunders of Florida Intelligence Service
—”For Jacksonville, Hurricane Ian could be a reminder of another “I” storm‘ via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics
—”Pinellas County is ordering evacuations beginning Monday night‘ via Emily L. Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times
—”Florida fortifies Tampa amid threat of hurricane flooding‘ via POLITICO’s Arek Sarkissian
—”The lawsuit alleges that the Baker County Detention Center denied attorneys access to immigration detainees‘ via Florida Phoenix’s Michael Moline
—”NASA is playing it safe and will roll Artemis I back from the launch pad‘ via Richard Tribou of the Orlando Sentinel
quote of the Day
“They keep resupplying the fuel. … There is no need to panic to buy fuel.”
— Gov. Ron DeSantison the impact of Hurricane Ian on Tampa Bay.
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