October 9, 2018
Contact: FDC Communications
UPDATE! FDC Responds to Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections is continuing to take 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.
Safety of the public, FDC staff and inmates is paramount. The Department is working around the clock to take necessary precautions ahead of the storm. To make certain adequate necessities are on hand, additional water and food supplies are being brought in to the panhandle and appropriately staged.
Evacuation determinations are made in the best interest of the inmates and public safety. Several panhandle satellite facilities, community work release centers and work camps have been evacuated in an abundance of caution. Inmates have been relocated to larger main units (parent facilities).
The following facilities have been evacuated:
- Franklin Correctional Institution Work Camp
- Gulf Forestry Camp
- Panama City Community Release Center
- Pensacola Community Release Center
- Shisa House West
- Tallahassee Community Release Center
In the event of additional evacuations, announcements will only 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, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.