October 12, 2018
UPDATE: Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE, FL. – Land phone lines are down at many panhandle facilities. However, FDC’s emergency operations center is in contact with every institution.
All inmates have been accounted for. No inmates or staff were injured during the storm. Much like the rest of the panhandle, our Institutions did sustain damage due to the Hurricane. All inmates have secure, safe shelter.
In the event an institution needs to evacuated, or individual inmates need to moved, the Department WILL NOT announce movement until it is complete. Inmate locations are updated on the website every 24-hours.
Inmates have very limited (if any) access to phones, kiosks due to power outages and phones lines across the region being down. It may be a few days before they are able to make contact. Please know, all inmates are SECURE, SAFE, and have access to drinking water. Meals are being distributed, and all medical needs are being addressed. This is FDC’s priority.
All institutions have commercial or generator power. We have emergency maintenance teams and staff relief teams heading to the region to address repairs and make sure we have staff support so all critical operations are being covered. Security has not been impacted.
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.