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Crist declares state of emergency for oil disaster

Gov. Charlie Crist today declared a state of emergency for six Panhandle counties because the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon platform threatens Florida's coasts "with a major disaster." The governor's office reports that he has been flooded with phone calls from concerned residents regarding the spill.

Download 2010.4.30 EO Emergency Deepwater Horizon[1] 

Crist has also scheduled a conference call on the subject with Homeland Security Secretary 
Janet Napolitano and other federal officials at 12:45. 
After declaring the emergency, Crist formally apointed David Halstead to be director of the Division of Emergency Management. He had been serving as interim director since January.