Gov. Rick Scott says sequester threatens Florida's hurricane readiness capability

Federal budget cuts mean 1,000 guardsmen will take furloughs

Published On: May 30 2013 02:36:27 PM EDT   Updated On: May 30 2013 02:46:56 PM EDT
Hurricane Irene as seen from space
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Gov. Rick Scott says federal budget cuts known as the sequester are his biggest concerns for the upcoming hurricane season.

Scott says the cuts threaten to strain Florida's readiness capability. According to the governor, the cuts mean nearly 1,000 Florida National Guardsmen and technicians will have to take furloughs during the summer.

Scott says he's talked with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate about his concerns.

Scott joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and other elected officials Tuesday at the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center to urge residents to prepare for hurricane season.

Tips for making evacuation plans, disaster supply kits and other emergency preparedness are available at www.floridadisaster.org.

The six-month Atlantic storm season begins Saturday.