Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis was spotted at a Waffle House in Punta Gorda on Saturday morning as he made breakfast for first responders of Hurricane Ian.
The Hurricane that hit southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the state. It was a category 4 hurricane with wind speeds about 155 mph high.
On Saturday morning, DeSantis personally attended to the first responders, emergency response staff and volunteers. They have been at the frontlines trying to clean up the mess caused by Hurricane Ian.
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The governor wrote on Twitter, “@WaffleHouse is one of the first restaurants in Charlotte County to reopen and provide hot meals as we work together to serve Floridians after #HurricaneIan. Thank you for providing meals to the linemen working to restore power.”
Governor Ron DeSantis is a leader that others can learn from. He doesn't whine, he comes up with solutions. He took steps to ensure help was prepositioned to deal with problems due to Ian. Yesterday DeSantis served linemen at a Waffle house breakfast as a thank you. Vote DeSantis
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Furthermore, DeSantis also announced several steps his administration had taken to ensure a quick recovery from the Hurricane. He had also visited several affected areas to inspect the damages and met with the officials in these communities.
His office noted that there were over 40,000 linemen who were working toward fixing the power outages caused by the Hurricane. So far, the linemen have restored power to over 1.4 million Floridians.
In addition, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) was reported to have received massive help from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The FDEM has gained almost 2,000 personnel from over 20 states to help in the recovery efforts.
On Saturday morning, over a thousand people in search and rescue teams made more than a thousand rescues. The use of aircraft was also employed to rescue about 200 of the responders. More so, the state’s national guard has also made reactive efforts to help the search and rescue teams, joining forces to conduct rescue operations with other counties.
DeSantis has continuously proved that he is a leader who immediately takes action without whining and does the necessary thing. So far, his administration’s recovery efforts have been able to immediately pull out resources to ensure that Florida does not suffer from the Hurricane’s aftermath for long.
The governor’s office also said in a statement, “FDEM is working with feeding partners to open kitchens for impacted and displaced residents,” DeSantis’ office said. “More than 63,000 hot meals were served on-scene at food banks in Alachua, Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and Union counties yesterday, Friday, September 30. More than 100,000 hot meals will be served today, October 1.”
The statement added, “FDEM has six active fuel depots and is staging an additional four fuel depots today throughout Central and Southwest Florida to ensure first responders have the fuel they need to conduct search and rescue operations. More than 1.2 million gallons of fuels has been mobilized.”