TAMPA, Florida - A day after Gov. Rick Scott failed to answer reporter questions about a campaign snafu regarding uniformed officers participating in campaign activities on-the-job, the state's top elected leader returned to the region.
Tuesday's appearance in Tampa, "to Encourage Floridians to Be Prepared this Hurricane Season," is considered official government business. Monday's appearance in Largo was a campaign event.
But much like Monday, he had little to say about last week's incident that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office indicated was the campaign's fault.
"We're always making sure that we comply with the law (and) comply with the rules," Scott said before launching into talking points about support from law enforcement leaders around the state.
Gov. Rick Scott still is avoiding questions about the police presence at a campaign event.
Scott is seeking a second term as governor. He is expected to face-off against former governor Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat who is considered a big favorite to defeat former State Senator Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.
"This is all Charlie Crist mudslinging; he doesn't have anything to run on," Scott said of the questions over the campaign incident. "We're doing the right thing and we're proud people want to come to our campaign events."
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office indicated it was led to believe the press conference was to promote a government initiative, and would not have sent deputies to the event had it realized it was official campaign business, especially since its against the law.
Other instances of 10 Investigates struggling to get answers from Governor Scott:
12/11/13 - Governor not taking responsibility for DEO lapse
8/15/13 - Governor's answers don't match 10 Investigates' questions
8/6/13 - Governor won't answer questions about state land-grab
7/19/13 - Governor won't "Stand His Ground" in front of reporters
Tuesday's event at Hillsborough County's Emergency Operations Center was designed to alert residents about hurricane preparedness. Below is an press release the governor's office and local emergency managers put out regarding storm season:
Floridians and visitors are advised to develop a plan centered on self-sustainability for the first 72 hours following a disaster. FloridaDisaster.org includes valuable information on building a plan for individuals, families and businesses, taking into account those with special needs, persons with pets, and the elderly.
FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon said, "Hurricane Arthur was the first named storm of the season, and at its closest, it was less than 85, miles from our coast. Hurricane Arthur didn't impact us significantly, but it did underscore the need for all Florida families, visitors and businesses to get a plan and to be prepared for when severe weather does strike us."
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Representative Dana Young, Majority Whip, said, "Hurricane season started back in June, but I'm sure many Floridians still don't have a plan. I can't stress enough how important it is to account for what you will do with your family and your pets when the next hurricane comes our way."
Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr., Adjutant General of Florida said, "The Florida National Guard, alongside other Florida first responders, remains ready to safeguard our citizens. We've conducted numerous exercises over the past several months to minimize complacency and maximize our readiness."
To get tips on how you can protect your family, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. This website will provide critical tips for supplies, including:
- Water – one gallon per person, per day, with a three day supply
- Batteries and flashlight for each person
- All Hazards Radio – in a disaster you will be able to receive important updates from the NationalWeather Service
- Battery or hand-powered radios – to receive valuable information from local radio stations
- First Aid kits
- Other important items to include are canned or non-perishable foods, clothing, blankets and pillows, extra set of house and car keys, and activities for children.
For additional information, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLGetaPlan, Instagram @FLGetaPlan, Vine @FLGetaPlan, and Facebook at Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan and Facebook.com/FloridaDivisionofEmergencyManagement.