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Emergency Management Sends Shelter Experts To Mississippi

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Emily Michot
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Miami Herald

The Florida Division of Emergency Management sent staff to Mississippi to help set up shelters that comply with coronavirus health regulations.

Three Florida emergency management staff members have been sent to Mississippi to help set up shelters that comply with coronavirus health regulations, as the region experienced Tropical Storm Marco on Monday and awaits Hurricane Laura.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a tweet that the assistance returns help provided during Hurricane Michael in 2018 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. Division spokesman Jason Mahon said the people deployed have expertise in planning and sheltering.

“Staff are deployed at the request of other states,” Mahon said in an email. “At this time, we have not received requests from Louisiana or Texas, however, the division stands ready to support our neighbors as they prepare for impacts from Hurricane Laura.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ daily schedule released Tuesday afternoon noted a phone call earlier in the day with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican.

Details of the call were not immediately available from the governor’s office. Marco made landfall about 6 p.m. Monday near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Laura was on a path in the Gulf of Mexico to reach an area near the Texas-Louisiana border by early Thursday.