August 29, 2019
Contact: FDC Communications
FDC Prepares for Hurricane Dorian
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 safe and secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Dorian.
In response to hurricanes and any state of emergency, the Florida Department of Corrections’ highest priorities are public safety, the security of the institutions, and the safety of our staff and the inmates under Department supervision.
Department staff have begun working to make necessary preparations for inmates housed in facilities located in the path of the storm. Extra water and food supplies are being brought in to all facilities that may be impacted by the storm. Decisions to evacuate facilities will be made on a case-by-case basis and on what is in the best interest of the public, staff and inmate safety.
Offenders on community supervision will be given specific instructions from their probation officers in the event evacuations are deemed necessary or if the probation office closes during normal reporting hours.
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.
Individuals are encouraged to visit the Department website or social media channels prior to contacting individual institutions. Frequent updates regarding visitation and office closures will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and www.dc.state.fl.us.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates approximately 90,000 inmates and supervises nearly 155,000 offenders in the community.