Gov. Scott activates 4,000 National Guard members, 7,000 to report for duty Friday morning

Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 11:52:29-04

Governor Rick Scott activated an additional 3,000 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard Thursday to support with planning, logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma, according to a tweet.



Additionally, he said all 7,000 National Guard members will be reporting Friday morning.



Yesterday, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency in response to Irma to allow for the immediate activation of National Guard members as preparedness actions continue.

"Friday, however, if resources are needed before then, I stand ready to activate as many guard members needed to support our aggressive preparedness actions," Governor Scott said. "With Hurricane Irma now a category 5 storm, we must do all we can to prepare our families and communities for any potential impact from this major weather event. We do not know the exact path of this storm, but weather can change in an instant and while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst.”

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