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Rick Scott activates disaster fund for Isaac victims

Gov. Rick Scott has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to aid those affected by Tropical Storm Isaac, which has caused flooding and limited damage in parts of Palm Beach County and the Panhandle.

The Fund, managed by the Florida Doundation, relies on donations and can provide aid to the parts of Florida hardest hit by Isaac.

“This morning, while Hurricane Isaac was beating down on western portions of the Panhandle, I got to see, first-hand, the flooding damage the storm left behind in Palm Beach County. We also have Floridians who are still recovering from Tropical Storm Debby,” Scott said. “Your assistance will give much-needed help to our friends and neighbors in Florida who have sustained damages from these storms.”

Scott was in West Palm Beach on Wednesday morning to assess the damaged caused by "one-in-100-year" flooding during Tropical Storm Isaac. He traveled to Key West in the afternoon to promote tourism in Florida.

The host-governor for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Scott canceled all of his RNC events to attend to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Scott's press release is below:

Governor Scott Announces Disaster Fund for Floridians Impacted by Tropical Storms

West Palm Beach, Fla. – While the federal government begins its preliminary damage assessments, Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of Florida’s disaster fund to allow Floridians to help Floridians recover from two recent storms.

Today, Florida’s Foundation activated Florida’s disaster fund, Neighbors to the Rescue, to assist those who have been affected by tropical storms Debby and Isaac. Through Florida’s Foundation, long-term recovery organizations within the affected communities determine the needs and ensure the money goes where it’s needed most for long-term assistance.

“This morning, while Hurricane Isaac was beating down on western portions of the Panhandle, I got to see, first-hand, the flooding damage the storm left behind in Palm Beach County. We also have Floridians who are still recovering from Tropical Storm Debby,” said Governor Scott. “Your assistance will give much-needed help to our friends and neighbors in Florida who have sustained damages from these storms.”

In addition to the Neighbors to the Rescue disaster fund, Governor Scott encourages individuals to donate to established relief organizations of their choice. They may also consider volunteering with these organizations. Reputable relief and volunteer organizations that have been reviewed by the state may be found at www.VolunteerFloridaDisaster.org. Volunteer Florida is a part of the Statewide Emergency Response Team and the lead agency for coordinating volunteers and donations.

The Neighbors to the Rescue Fund is managed by the nonprofit, Florida’s Foundation, under the guidance of a voluntary advisory council. Those wishing to assist with that fund may visit www.FloridasFoundation.org.

 

 

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