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Gov Scott Looks Hurricane Mathew in the Eye
By All Accounts the Gov is Doing a Great Job

Florida Gov. Rick Scott provides an update on Hurricane Matthew Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. (Photo: Kristen M. Clark/Miami Herald)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – By all accounts Governor Rick Scott is doing a great job warning, and preparing Floridians from across the state for Hurricane Mathew, which as it rolls its way up the coast, is a disaster in the making. Evacuations and shelters are in place as Floridians watch the course of the storm.

The Governor has authorized the mobilization of up to 2,500 National Guard members and has another 4,000 on standby.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol and other state agencies have more than 500 personnel ready to deploy to assist in search and rescue and storm recovery efforts.

Columbia County

In Columbia County shelters have been activated and Emergency Management Chief, Shayne Morgan, has everything under control.

While Columbia County is not under immediate threat, the county has opened four emergency shelters, one a special needs shelter. Firearms are not permitted in the shelters.

Information about emergency shelters can be accessed by calling Citizens information Center at 386-719-7530. During the storm, this is a 24 hour number.

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