Transcript for Florida governor discusses preparations as Hurricane Irma nears
Joining us now from Tallahassee is the governor of Florida, Rick Scott. Governor Scott, thank you very much. I know it's a busy day for you. Earlier this week you declared a statewide emergency. What are you most concerned with, sir, at this hour? Well, I want every floridian to be as aggressive as we are preparing and I want every floridian to be aggressive. I we don't know where it will hit. Likely mt. Meyers and Naples as is Miami and the keys are already evacuating. We're going to have wind, rain and storm surge. This is a massive storm. Water could cover your house, so I want everybody to understand the importance of this. This is bigger than Andrew. Andrew we just had the 25th anniversary. This is bigger than Andrew. It will have more storm surge than Andrew and it sure looks like it will barrel right down the middle of the state of Florida. Many certainly do remember hurricane Andrew and for you to say that really means something. We have heard reports of gas stations running out of fuel. How dire is the situation and what is being done, governor? We're working with our retailers for food, water and for gas to make sure that we have all those resources, we're asking everybody in our state to get a plan. Right now we don't believe we have any shortages, but if you're out, if your store is out of water they'll restock soon, the same with nonperishable food and same as if you're going to a gas station they're bringing in more gas. We don't see any widespread shortages and don't believe we'll have them right now. I'm asking as you get prepared three days of water per person, three days of food. Take enough but take only what you need. Don't take more. So we make sure we can take care of all of our neighbors. We can rebuild your home. We can't rebuild your life. Take care -- prepare and take care of your family. Be aggressive. We are at the state level. Great advice there and are you concerned? There are some mandatory evacuations in the keys, others voluntary at this moment. Are people complying? Well, as you see right now, people are leaving the keys. We will start to see more evacuations. Miami-dade did their special needs individuals today and they'll be doing more. So as we see the storm getting closer there will be more mandatory evacuations around the state. Listen to your locals. Listen to them. Just remember, this could be an unbelievable storm surge. We're talking about water that could be ten feet, can go over your house, can go further inland. Way bigger than Andrew. Andrew was now a big storm surge storm. This could be much worse so and it's both coast right now right up the middle of the state so everybody has to be prepared. You can't rely just on government. Everybody has to be prepared. Good to know how proactive you are being and, of course, you have to prepare for the worst and we are all praying for the best possible outcome. Governor Rick Scott, thank you very much for your time this morning. You take care. Thank you, robin. Have a good day. Thank you, sir.
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