FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2018
Media Contact: Sarah Tyson Alfano
Florida Police Chiefs Association
Statement on Hurricane Michael Recovery
From Florida State University Police Chief David Perry, FPCA President
“Hurricane Michael was the first Category 4 storm on record to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle and it devastated several communities in its path. Just as they did before and during the storm, men and women in law enforcement and public safety continue to answer the call to protect and serve during the recovery efforts.
“Hundreds of sworn personnel from Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) Member agencies across Florida have deployed to impacted areas to keep the public safe and provide support to those who need it most. More will join them in the coming days and weeks. These officers are working with local law enforcement and state agencies to distribute supplies, keep people safe on our roadways, answer calls for service, perform welfare checks, and maintain a public safety presence in areas with infrastructure damage and limited communication. The FPCA commends the many law enforcement officers in the impacted areas, many of who had their homes damaged or destroyed as a result of the hurricane, yet they continue to tirelessly work to protect their communities.
“Since the hurricane hit our state, we have heard many stories of generosity and communities opening their arms for neighbors and deployed officers. A storm like Hurricane Michael leaves destruction and the opportunity for dangerous situations. We encourage our communities to remain vigilant, heed direction from law enforcement, and look out for one another.
“I am proud to represent the heroes who proudly wear the badge and go the extra mile to keep our communities safe. Together, we will recover and rebuild.
“You can receive up-to-date information about recovery efforts by following the FPCA Twitter Account (@FloridaChiefs) and by following local police department Twitter and Facebook accounts.”