Gov. Scott closes state offices Friday in preparation for Irma

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott directed state offices to be closed in all 67 Florida counties this Friday in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

The Governor also issued a call to state employees across Florida encouraging them to volunteer in support of the state's emergency shelter mobilization efforts.

"Our state workforce is filled with dedicated individuals who go above and beyond every day in service to the families who call Florida home," Scott said. "Ensuring the safety of these hardworking individuals and their families is a top priority, and I am directing all state offices to be closed this Friday so our state employees can fully focus on preparing for this storm and keeping their families safe. I am also asking these talented individuals to consider donating their time and effort to become a certified American Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer to help Floridians in need."

“I have directed all state executive agencies to authorize the deployment of any American Red Cross certified employees willing to volunteer to help in or operate shelters in response to this unprecedented storm," Scott continued.