Hurricane Ian Situation Report
I know many of you are working to support your businesses or member organizations with their preparations ahead of Hurricane Ian. This storm looks to be quite dangerous, truly one of the “monster” scenarios we in the disaster response world worry about.
As you are working, we want to ensure you have access to all of the same information we do regarding government actions (executive orders, transportation waivers, evacuation orders, etc.), as well as the list of calls that are occurring from states and federal agencies.
We are also in touch with our non-profit partners who plan to respond to Ian, and those who are already responding to Fiona. There are a few active cases, and we expect many more in the days to come. Please check https://www.alanaid.org/operations and watch our social media feeds for the latest that you can share.
Thanks for all you do!
Kathy Fulton (she / her)
Ian intensified into a Category 3 hurricane overnight with max winds of 125 mph. Ian looks to make landfall on the west coast of Florida near the Tampa Bay area Wednesday night or Thursday as a major hurricane. The Tampa Bay area is at high risk of major issues due to the threat of a major storm surge event within the Bay that will cause major flooding. Much of central and northern Florida will also have business and supply chain disruptions on account of heavy rains, strong winds, and major storm surge along the west coast.
As for specific impacts, Hurricane Ian is set to disrupt Florida’s major industries, including citrus production, aerospace, plastics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and more. The storm’s path into Tampa Bay, Florida’s second-largest metro area, will likely lead to flooding and power outages that will paralyze traffic on major transportation corridors, including the I-4 and I-75 Highways and could even impact railways. Vessel traffic through the storm’s path will be significantly disrupted as ports throughout the region have diverted vessels and some on Florida’s West Coast have shut down all together.
Key Messages for Hurricane Ian from the National Hurricane Center
(As of 5pm EDT, September 27, 2022)
- Life-threatening storm surge is increasingly likely along the Florida west coast where a storm surge warning is in effect, with the highest risk from Naples to the Sarasota region. Residents in these areas should listen to advice given by local officials and follow any evacuation orders for your area.
- Hurricane-force winds are expected in the hurricane warning area in southwest and mid-central Florida beginning Wednesday morning with tropical storm conditions expected overnight. Devastating wind damage is expected near the core of Ian. Residents should rush all preparations to completion.
- Heavy rainfall will affect most of the Florida Peninsula for the next several days, spreading to the rest of the Southeast U.S by Thursday and Friday, likely causing flash, urban, and small stream flooding. Considerable flooding is expected with widespread, prolonged moderate to major river flooding expected across central Florida.
Everstream Analytics: Video update on Hurricane Ian (as of Tuesday 8am EDT) https://bit.ly/3rbuWjV
Summary of Potential Impacts to Supply Chain: Everstream Analytics is in Storm Mode on account of Major Hurricane Ian which will cause severe disruptions to the supply chain in Florida later this week. These Storm Mode broadcasts will continue each day (early morning – US time) until the threat from Ian is over.
President Biden approved Emergency Declaration for Florida on September 24, 2022, in preparation for impacts from Tropical Storm Ian
Florida Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219 on September 24, 2022, in preparation for Tropical Storm, amending EO 22-218 to prepare for a major disaster.
Executive Director of the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued Executive Order 092422 on September 24, 2022, suspending enforcement of the registration requirements pursuant to sections 316.545(4) and 320.0715, Florida Statues.
Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued Emergency Procurement Order OGC No. 22-2602 on September 24, 2022, granting emergency authorization for repairs, replacement, restoration and certain other measures made necessary by Tropical Storm Ian.
Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued Emergency Procurement Order OGC No.22-2601 on September 24, 2022, granting emergency authorization for suspension of procurement and travel statues in response to Tropical Storm Ian.
STATE / CITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
State of Florida: Florida Division of Emergency Management
Private Sector Office of Coordination: Emergency Support Function 18: Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION WAIVERS
Description: Florida State of Emergency Hurricane Ian September 24, 2022
Effective: 09/24/2022 | Expires on: 10/24/2022, unless rescinded earlier
Additional Details: Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Perdue issued Emergency Road Use Permit / Enforcement Bulletin 2022-002 on September 24, 2022 (Executive Order 22-218 and Executive Order 22-219) suspending the size and weight restrictions for divisible loads on any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, and agricultural commodities, allowing the establishment of alternative size and weight restrictions for all such vehicles by permit.
STATE RE-ENTRY INFORMATION
- The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Access Coordination Request letter (ARC letter) is provided to assist critical infrastruture owners and operators engage local officials in coordinaing the access and support necessary to restore infrastructure services. You can access the ARC Coordination Request for Hurricane Ian here
- In the State of Florida, additional information is required for re-entry. More information can be found at Private Sector Re-Entry Guidelines. Re-entry will be managed by local elected officials and law enforcement officers. Those moving essential commodities and services will need to have the following items:
o Valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport;
o Proof of employment, such as Employer credentials or a letter on employer letterhead; and
o A demonstrated need to enter the area, such as a work order, inventory list, or employer authorization.
Discussions are underway on curfews in the impact areas, but no updates currently
As of Monday, September 27, 2022, Florida Evacuation Orders
Charlotte County (mandatory)
Citrus County (mandatory)
Clay County (voluntary)
Collier County (voluntary)
Gilchrist County (voluntary)
Glades County (voluntary)
Hernando County (mandatory)
Highlands County (voluntary)
Lee County (mandatory)
Levy County (mandatory)
Manatee County (mandatory Zone A & B; voluntary Zone C)
Pasco County (mandatory0
Pinellas County (mandatory)
Putnam County (recommended in Zone A & F)
Sarasota County (mandatory)
St Johns County (phased)
Taylor County (voluntary)
PORT CONDITIONS (as of September 27, 2022)
Port Everglades Status: Yankee
Port of Tampa Status: Zulu
Port Canaveral Status: Yankee
Port of Miami: Yankee
Preparation is underway by telecommunication providers, more information to come.
- As of September 26, 2022, there are 25,000 utility responders on standby to begin restoration after Hurricane Ian moves out of the region
- Duke Energy Hurricane Ian / Duke Energy Outage Map
- Florida Power & Light (FPL) Hurricane Ian / FPL Outage Map
Tampa International Airport prepares for potential severe impacts from Hurricane Ian
Status as of September 27, 2022
Fuel availability will be scarce. The storm impacting Tampa is “worst case scenario” for fuel for the state. Port Tampa Bay provides 40%+ of the refined fuel products used in the state. Fuel challenges will reduce responder mobility as well as increase cargo transportation rates as ground carriers will not want to travel into the affected region due to concerns with being able to refuel. NOTE: This will also affect your airline partners as Tampa and Orlando airport aviation fuel is supplied via the terminals at Port Tampa Bay.
Resource for Available Fuel: GasBuddy/Florida
FOOD / WATER / SHELTER
Status as of September 27, 2022
Access to food/water/grocery supplies will be scarce. While most Florida grocery stores (and many convenience stores) do have generators, fuel replenishment is a concern for maintaining operations beyond 48 – 72 hours. Additionally, many of these stores are supplied by warehouses directly in the area projected to bear the brunt. (I4 between Tampa and Orlando)
WAREHOUSE CAPACITY STATUS
Status as of September 27, 2022
Access to warehouse space will be limited. Nationally, warehouse vacancy rates are very low. A good bit of the warehouse space serving this region is concentrated along the I4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando and likely to be compromised.
HURRICANE IAN COORDINATION CALLS (all calls are EDT)
1:30pm Florida Emergency Support Function 18: Business, Industry, and Economic
Phone Number: 888-585-9008
Participant Code: 753 329 128
3:00pm Federal ESF 14: Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure
(hosted by CISA and FEMA)
Webinar ID: 161 317 8768
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 646 828 7666
or +1 669 216 1590
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AFTER LANDFALL
Crisis Cleanup Ian Incident after landfall
- Log into https://www.crisiscleanup.org and click “Request Redeploy” on the Dashboard
- If your organization/agency does not have an account, register at https://www.crisiscleanup.org/register
- Hotline for the public will be activated AFTER landfall 800-451-1954
MEDIA ARTICLES OF INTEREST
The New York Times published on September 27, 2022, “Airports in Florida plan closures as Ian approaches”
WFLA reported on September 27, 2022, “Hurricane Ian: Publix stores closing in Tampa Bay”
CNN reported on September 27, 2022, “Where things stand with Florida theme parks, cruise ships and more as Ian approaches”
The New York Times published on September 27, 2022, “A Major Hurricane Has Not Hit Tampa for Over 100 Years”
ABC 11 News Raleigh Durham reported on September 26, 2022, “Hurricane Ian could affect already stressed supply chain”
The New York Times published on September 26, 2022, “Florida Urges Some to Begin Evacuating as Hurricane Ian Strengthens”
Orlando Sentinel published on September 26, 2022, “Hurricane Ian up to 100 mph, expected to intensify as more Florida watches issued”
CNN reported on September 26, 2022, “Hurricane Ian strengthens again and could be ‘something that we haven’t seen in our lifetime,’ Tampa forecaster says”
News4Jax reported on September 26, 2022, “Crews gather at FPL processing site in Lake City as Hurricane Ian threatens Florida”
The Capitolist reported on September 26, 2022, “Florida utilities prepare for storm, encourage customers to plan for Hurricane Ian”