With Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory still uncertain and Florida potentially avoiding a direct hit, Florida Sen. Rick Scott wants residents to know that they’re not out of the woods just yet.
“What worries me is that everybody is going to look at that little track right in the middle instead of this cone of uncertainty,” the Republican senator and former Florida governor said on “Fox News Sunday.“
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“But that’s my biggest concern — that people are going to think we’re off the hook. We are not off the hook,” Scott added. “Plus, we’re still going to get storm surge. We’re going to get lots of rain the closer it gets to Florida. We’re getting to get more rain which can cause flooding. So take it seriously. Over-prepare, don’t under-prepare.”
Scott also noted that there are extra difficulties when trying to evacuate people for a storm that has as many questions as Dorian.
“This is like [Hurricane] Matthew a couple years ago. We had to start evacuating, even though it stayed off the coast,” he said. “We had to over-prepare because if it turns, it’s too late. You can’t get that. So that’s why I tell everybody to have your water — seven days [worth] — your food, your medicine. But also, if you think there’s any chance you’re going to have to evacuate, do it now and get ahead of the game.”
As the former governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019, this is far from Scott’s first rodeo, but he added that his successor, Gov. Ron DeSantis, is on top of things heading into his first hurricane as governor.
“I’ve been talking to him,” Scott said. “He’s got a great team with the state and local-level emergency management teams. As governor, you need to listen. You need to stay ahead of it. As issues come up, every storm is a little bit different and the issues are different. Just react.”
Scott also told host Chris Wallace that concern and worry you feel in the midst of these storms doesn’t change — whether you’re governor or senator.
“It doesn’t change, Chris. Your heart goes out to everybody and you’re worried about them,” he said. “I mean, I always tell everybody, you can rebuild your house but you can’t rebuild your family. I love my family and so, you know, I’m concerned about people and I’m concerned — are they taking this seriously enough? And that doesn’t change whether you’re the governor or the senator, and my job, my role now is to make sure the federal government does their response.”