October 8, 2018
FDC Prepares for Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections is taking proactive steps to ensure public safety and make sure the individuals entrusted to our custody are secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Michael.
Department staff have begun working around the clock to make necessary preparations for inmates in facilities in the path of the storm. Extra water and food supplies are being brought in to all panhandle facilities. Decisions to evacuate facilities will be made on a cases-by-case basis and will be in the best interest of the inmates, staff and public safety.
Probationers on community supervision will be given specific instructions from their probation officers in the event evacuations are deemed necessary.
In the event of an Institution evacuation, announcements will be made upon completion. Inmate locations will be posted on the website approximately 24-hours after relocation, per standard protocol.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.