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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2005
CONTACT:  ESF 14 (850) 921-0384

Florida's SERT Urges Out-of-State Residents Not to Travel Home Until Local Officials Announce it is Safe to Return

Florida’s State Emergency Response Team urges residents from Mississippi and Louisiana – that have sought shelter in Florida – to remain in place while emergency response teams from across the nation work to stabilize the Gulf Coast areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

"Areas from Interstate 10 southward to the coast are very hazardous at this time," said Director Craig Fugate of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "Many areas are still underwater, and first responders are conducting search and rescue operations across the region. If you are in a safe place, please stay and do not attempt to return home until local officials have given the OK to do so."

For more information on Hurricane Katrina please go to www.FloridaDisaster.org.

The Florida Emergency Information Line is 800-342-3557.

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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