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with shepard smith, the special coverage this afternoon. of course, stay right here for all the breaking news throughout the day. guy benson, it was a pleasure as always to have you. thank you for being here. have a great weekend. "happening now" >> heather: we have a fox news alert, we are awaiting the white house briefing which is set to begin about a half-hour from now as hurricane irma heads for florida. >> jon: congress approves a bill tying hurricane harvey relief to funding and the federal government and raising the debt ceiling. we're covering all the news is news "happening now." >> do not put yourself or your families lives at risk. >> jon: governor risk scott encouraging everyone in the evacuation zones to leave. >> today is the day to do the right thing for your family. >> jon: time is running out, traffic jams are massive and gas is a precious commodity.
plus, a new twist in the case of the utah nurse arrested for doing her job. why prosecutors now want the fbi involved. president trump posting his full cabinet this weekend, can they hammer out a plan to execute an aggressive fall agenda? it's all "happening now" ." we begin with this fox news alert, hurricane irma racing towards florida, taking a massive toll on everything in its path thus far. welcome to the second hour of "happening now," i am jon scott. >> heather: i'm heather childers, mass evacuations happening in florida right now. hurricane irma is expected to slam the southern part of the state this weekend and miami could see the worst of it. a final push for people to get out, causing congestion on the roads and the air force.
florida senator marco rubio said his home state will persevere. >> we are going to hang in there, this is a resilient community, all of florida truly is. lives will be saved and it will not be easy but it will be easier if we are prepared. >> heather: we have live team coverage for you in miami and jacksonville, but we begin with the latest on most tracks. >> the message we've been seeing the last couple of days is exactly what we have here. we don't know exactly where in south florida it will hit, certainly the everglades will see a ton of storm surge, everybody in south florida is going to be dealing with major hurricane force winds, winds in excess of 111 miles an hour for pretty much everybody but some
spots will see more than that. if you look at the satellite image here, it looked a little bit like something may be happening in the center. it looks like it has gotten consolidated, it is going to go over some really warm water in the short term. that means a lot of our models still showing additional strengthening with this. we know it will make this right-hand turn and take a look at this model, still a huge spread. we would like to see all of those lines going in the same area, still not the case, we cannot be certain where it is going to make that right-hand turn and where it does it is going to have a big impact on who gets the worst of it. by tomorrow evening we will have hurricane force winds and take a look at that, going toward
sunday at 1:00 we have major hurricane winds all across the entire area of self florida. you also notice, at some point, still major hurricane force winds moving north of palm beac palm beach, extending across the entire peninsula. by monday i think we will have had a hurricane force winds across the entire peninsula of florida. we are going to see very strong winds up toward savannah, up the entire side of florida. if there is no real good news here for florida. >> jon: meanwhile, folks in south florida are eating the warning to head to safety. they are facing crowded roads and long lines for gas as more than half a million people in the miami-dade area are told to evacuate. what are the conditions like no
now? >> still more than 36 hours out, conditions here are already beginning to kick up, we are seeing some wind gusts of 20 miles an hour, there is very different mood in south florida. in previous storms people would be sticking it out, writing it out but there is real palpable fear here. people who have not left in previous storms are leaving, there is fear because of what people have seen already from the storm. a death toll that right now stands at 23 but continues to rise throughout the day and the utter destruction it has already caused in the caribbean, making some islands uninhabitable. people are afraid of the storm does indeed hit south florida as a category 4, they know what that means, they have been through it in the past. it could mean downed tree lines, downed power lines, roofs ripped
off of houses, exterior walls ripped off. we are already seeing people going to shelters at this early time, people are taking this seriously and they are afraid. >> jon: it is so quiet behind you, the people who have been told to evacuate, have they already gotten out of town? >> we've seen entire neighborhoods turn into ghost towns within the last 24 hours. we could see an evacuation of more than 1.2 million people. and that evacuation, the window to get out is narrowing each hour. miami international airport, the last american flight will leave in about two hours time. other major airports including fort lauderdale and orlando will shut down. when the wind speed gets over 5e no planes coming in or landing. as far as the roads go, some roads are clear. others it is a real mess, especially going north on the florida turnpike. there are scenes where people are trying to flee and running
out of gas creating more logjams. in some places we are seeing 4,000 cars and our past. one reason this is so problematic, to get safe you practically have to leave the entire state of florida. you have to drive all the way into georgia to try to get out of the path of the storm. >> jon: what a mess, thank you. keep it here for fox news expanded coverage of hurricane irma as it takes aim at south florida. in addition to his program at 3:00 p.m. eastern time shepard smith will also beat reporting at 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on fox. >> heather: you mentioned going to georgia, they are under a state of emergency as well. a huge. >> jon: it is going to hit a lot of states and it is going to be a mess. >> heather: wildfires are raging out of control out west, firefighters are forced to change their strategy. plus, more life team box
coverage, tracking the path of a powerful hurricane as hundreds of thousands of people in florida are told to get out of the way. of florida congressman joins us up next. >> if you have been asked to evacuate, please take the opportunity to do so. aggressive styling, so you can break away from everyone else. the bold lexus is. experience amazing. when i was too busy with the kids to get a repair estimate. i just snapped a photo and got an estimate in 24 hours. my insurance company definitely doesn't have that... you can leave worry behind when liberty stands with you™ liberty mutual insurance.
>> heather: welcome back to "happening now," we have some new information for you on a wildfire burning in montana, the blaze growing by nearly 3,000 acres overnight while crews fighting fires all across the west are forced to cut containment lines five a from the plains is dried out forests provide fuel for the flames. 20% were likely killed by massive beetle outbreak. >> jon: hurricane irma heads for south florida, mandatory evacuations are in place.
people using sandbags to try to secure their homes. although the storm has weakened some to category 4 strength, officials are saying it may eclipse hurricane andrew, the costliest storm to that point in u.s. history. >> progressing northward through central florida by sunday morning, into north florida by late sunday and potentially up into georgia and south carolina by sunday night into monday. we could see widespread hurricane impacts through much of the florida peninsula as it moves northward through the weekend. >> jon: joining us now on the phone, florida congressman. yesterday it was looking like this may move to the east of
florida, now it looks like the worst-case scenario. >> 11:00 forecast pushed it a little more west, it may not even enter florida, it may be west of miami. the problem we have is there will be hurricane force winds throughout virtually the whole state, you have people who have been evacuating from the florida keys in miami for many days now, some people evacuated to the west coast of florida because all the forecasts were saying it would be on the east coast. a couple days ago you couldn't get a hotel room in orlando but the storm may go right through there or just west of there. it's a very menacing storm but the track makes it much more difficult to evaluate to evacuate to safety. >> jon: the storm surge is obviously a problem for the coasts and the rivers going inland, as you say, hurricane
force winds, 150 miles an hour and up perhaps. all across the entire state from east coast to west coast, that is potentially a monumental disaster in the making. >> that's right. it's important to listen to local folks in your communities if they and evacuation order, do it. governor scott exercise great leadership, he's been all over this. listen to the governor. the president has done a great job of supporting florida. we have the resources in place to do our best to mitigate this but i just think people need to listen to the folks on the ground making these decisions because this could be a life or death thing. >> jon: i was in miami for hurricane andrew in '92. there hadn't been a major hurricane in florida for about 30 years, now it's been about a
dozen years since you had that terribly active summer of 2005. there are a lot of people who have moved to florida who have never experienced one of these, what do you say to them? >> that's a great point, that something we were worried about with matthew last year. you go back ten years, how many millions of people have moved to florida since that 2004-2005 spell. i think what you are seeing with this one is because harvey and that devastation was so dramatic and so heartbreaking, i think people are looking at that end saying we better not mess with this and better air on the side of caution. i think the fact that harvey happened so recently is causing people to take more precautions and they are more apt to evacuate when in years past they would have decided it might not be so bad. people know this could be very bad.
>> jon: andrew made landfall again in louisiana, but the people who really got hit, all they had to do was gore north and they could find electricity and gas and things like that. oh storm like this that has a potential to be a buzz saw gripping right up the middle of the stage, you could have to drive into the next state or two states a way to find gas when this thing is all over. >> that's the thing, people have flown to atlanta but atlanta may be hit. it's not going to be as strong in atlanta as it will be in south florida, that's why we hoped it was going to turn to the east of florida. the fact that it's going west of florida, perhaps that gives people the ability to evacuate more on the east coast in georgia. the track has been good for them. it's much more difficult than evacuating on some of these other hurricanes. i'm hoping the track opens up for us in a way where the
evacuation routes are easier. i can tell you my district, we've got about 100 miles of i-95 in my district. it's moving, there are some backups but people are getting on the road. i've got to think there are more people on the interstates in florida at one time than at any time in florida history. >> jon: you have to be heartened by the fact that people do seem to be taking the warning seriously and trying to get out of harm's way. even down in the keys, they've seen a lot of hurricanes but they seem to be taking this one very seriously and getting out of town. >> the local officials take it seriously because they know when you are in florida, this is something we have to be concerned about. they have plans in place. in my district they do a great job. governor scott is doing a great job of exercising leadership. he was so far out in front of this thing and i think it's
really helpful that he worked very well with president trump. people are doing what they need to be doing on the local, state, and federal levels. i'm going to be on a call with secretary price. we have a lot of senior citizens in florida, there are going to be health care needs. the final plan i may, to tell people to remember their pets. these animals, our pets cannot fend for themselves. keep your pets in mind and make a plan to move them to safety as well. >> jon: they are going to be verified as are any adults who endure this thing. thank you. >> as hurricane irma's tears through the caribbean, st. thomas was no match for the storm, irma devastated the caribbean island. up-and-down the state of florida people are preparing for the worst.
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>> heather: the coast guard preparing for hurricane irma and for many it's their second major storm this month. president trump tweeting this morning "our incredible u.s. coast guard saved over 15,000 lives with harvey. irma could be even tougher. we love our coast guard." joining us is it peter brown, u.s. district seventh coast guard commander. >> thank you for inviting me to explain how the coast guard prepares to end and response to hurricanes. >> heather: tell us what you are doing right now.
>> my district include south carolina, florida, georgia, and the u.s. virgin islands. puerto rico and the virgin islands, the hurricane has already passed and we've already had helicopters in the air and boats in the water performing search and rescue where needed and to reopen the economically vital ports in puerto rico and the virgin islands because they are critical for commodities and people moving around in those islands. in florida, particularly in the keys and the miami area, we've been moving people out of harm's way, heating the evacuation orders given by local leaders. getting those assets and people out of harm's way and repositioning them in a way we can respond to the storm as quickly as possible afterwards. particularly in the cases of
tampa and the florida everglades, restoring those ports quickly because of the importance of getting the fuel back into those ports. >> heather: different responsibilities and priorities based on what is happening at the time in any given area you are responsible for. >> our first responsibility is always going to be safety, we are repositioning our aviation assets so they can be out of the way of the hardest impact of the storm but be back in position very quickly to save lives. in addition, some of the shallow water boats that responded to harvey have been repositioned just outside the area of concern whether they are needed in florida or farther north, if there is significant freshwater and flash flooding those boats will be able to respond. >> heather: we were looking at some of the video from the u.s.
virgin islands. i was wondering, with the communication being cut off and it being very difficult to get through to anyone on the small, remote islands, how do you know where you need to go to possibly save and rescue people? >> even at the height of the storm we evacuated some of our people, we did leave a nucleus of people in the virgin islands territories, in their command center. we also because we kept helicopters in puerto rico during the storm and a hanger, we were able to get those helicopters out and transfer people to the virgin islands to begin the assessment of where search and rescue response might be needed. we've been fortunate that that has been limited. >> heather: what crosses your mind when you hear people we have interviewed throughout the day who say they are going to tough it out and stay when they've been told to get out?
>> we always want people to heed the recommendations of local leaders, in particular for the florida keys where storm surge is not just dangerous but life-threatening. we urge people to get out of those zones in an orderly manner and we will reposition for search and rescue after the storm but we hope the need for that will be minimal because people will heed the evacuation calls. >> heather: a different plan than what you had in houston with hurricane harvey, we just mentioned the president's tweet at the beginning of your segmented apparently the coast guard saved more than 15,000 lives last week. >> every storm is different in the geography of where it hits is different, harvey was a very long-lived storm with a lot of fresh water flooding. irma seems to be moving faster with higher wind speed and a greater possibility of storm surge.
the nature of the impact and the needs are going to vary from storm to storm and place to place. whether it is responding to an environmental disaster of some kind, the coast guard will be ready. >> heather: crews working around the clock and no doubt they are tired. thank you so much for joining us, we appreciate it. >> jon: president trump posting his full cabinet at camp david this weekend, the issues they are expected to tackle days after the president struck a deal with democrats. meanwhile, hurricane irma bearing down on south florida as hundreds of thousands of people try to get out of its path. what crews are doing to prepare for this monster hurricane. >> the majority of florida will have major hurricane impacts with deadly storm surge and life-threatening winds. recommen.
>> jon: of fox news alert, we are awaiting the daily white house briefing, a lot of topics to discuss. not only the deal president trump cut with a couple of democratic leaders to buy three month debt ceiling extension. a lot on on the presidents rigt now as well as the administrative departments like
the department of homeland security and so forth. when sarah huckabee sanders steps up to the microphone we will take you back there. right now, folks in northern florida also preparing for the worst as hurricane irma approaches. >> heather: state of florida officials opening emergency shelters and issuing curfews. >> the sheriff here just issued a mandatory evacuation for people living in this area. the folks who live here are just a couple hours into their mandatory evacuation process. we have seen people start to pack up, back into their cars. the clouds in the sky gradually getting darker and the winds are becoming more and more consistent. we've talked to people in this area and it is mixed, some people say they are going to stick it out and others say they are taking off. here is more of what people in jacksonville had to say. >> our home is just a home, we
can always rebuild a home. we can't get our lives back. if something would go wrong and it would take one of our lives, it's not worth it, it's just not worth staying in taking the chance. >> gas stations boarded up, becoming increasingly hard to find gas and water. we talk to the sheriff, he said if you live in florida, georgia or the carolina try to evacuate today, the roads may become more congested tomorrow. back to you guys in new york. >> heather: matt finn live for us, thank you. >> jon: president trump posting his entire cabinet and their spouses this weekend at camp david in maryland. they are expected to discuss tax reform and the threat of north korea among other issues. it comes just days after president trump struck a deal with congressional democrats to fund harvey relief along with raising the debt ceiling and keeping the federal government up and running. the president speaking from the
oval office about the next big storm threatening the u.s. >> we've never had a thing like this where you get hit with harvey which was about as bad as it gets and then you get hit with a irma. there's one right behind irma, i guess you probably know. i think fema has been -- i don't think anybody has done anything like they've done, they've done a really good job. >> jon: let's bring in david and don. it is said that every president faces challenges that he cannot count on or expect, you saw in the bush 43 administration, when the 9/11 attacks came. is this the same kind of moments for this president? >> this will define the first year of the trump administratio
administration, how relief efforts in preparation for irma and the upcoming jose and the third storm out there brewing and heading towards the east coast. it is the natural disasters that often define and administration because it sends a signal not just to the areas affected but to americans across the country, does the government care about me? does this administration care about me? with harvey the president got great reviews as he showed. they are doing the best they can with a irma and we will see what happens. >> jon: of the democrats giving him rave reviews for the deal he struck with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer to raise the debt ceiling? >> it's kind of like congratulating your 10-year-old for tying his shoes. it's a great move but it's something we have to do until we fundamentally restructure the way we fund our government and
that way we can handle some of the things that people want to see and restructure the way we finance government. it's a great deal but it had to happen, and now we can move forward. i'm so glad the cabinet is moving towards getting together this weekend. we have a rocky start this administration, this is an opportunity for the president to get all his advisors and cabinet heads together, we can reset and move forward addressing some of the things that have to happen. disaster prep and relief have to be addressed and the ceiling long-term has to be addressed. i am very happy to see the president getting all his top advisors together to try to tackle this and get a fresh restart and move into not only the remainder of this calendar year but next calendar year and hopefully score some legislative victories. >> jon: everything in washington gets politicized. president trump has taken a lot of heat for doing this deal with democrats, republicans are not
happy about it. paul ryan says he wanted a longer deal but he understands why the president went for three months. did he sell out in your view? >> we had to get the debt ceiling done, three months is where the president ultimately thought we could get something passed. there is much hype about congressional republicans being upset. let's remind you, nancy pelosi and chuck schumer don't put things on the calendar. the majority party does. if speaker ryan and mitch mcconnell were opposed to a three month debt ceiling, they may have wanted a better deal, and an 18 month debt ceiling extension. if they didn't want three months it would not have happened. while the media is making much news of at the president somehow selling out his party, had congressional republicans not wanted a three month debt ceiling vote, it would not have happened yesterday and today. >> jon: half a loaf is better than none and it seems both parties want their full loaf, is
this perhaps the beginning of may be some bipartisanship breaking out in washington? >> i certainly hope it is, david is absolutely right. the debt ceiling is something that has to happen. until we are able to fundamentally restructure government and shave down some of the departments borrowing this money, we have to continue to kick the can down the road and raise the debt ceiling until we change thing. i hope this is the beginning of bipartisanship, i'm glad that speaker ryan and mitch mcconnell were able to at least temporarily subdue the freedom caucus to get this deal done. right now a government shutdown would be disastrous in terms of financing for disasters, in terms of having to address so many of the real issues we have going on. we can't afford shutdown, particularly not moving into a political midterm year. both sides are being criticized for either selling out are getting too much or fleecing the president, that is not the reality of government.
government is making deals and trying to push the country forward and i hope this is the start of a new attitude in d.c. >> jon: i remember in the clinton administration we had a balanced budget for a year or two, nobody seems to be talking about that these days. is that potentially in the cards down the road? >> let's hope so, let's hope we can get folks on board, the democrats up in 2018, hopefully they will see the right way and vote for tax reform. improving an economy that is booming this year, american workers are the happiest they've been in decades. much is going right in this country right now and certainly the president does get his share of the credit for those things going right. sometimes the media does not want to give him that credit. >> jon: we will see what happens with this impending storm. is that do you think a test of
the president and his cabinet, the people he has chosen to run the administration of the government? is at a fair test, this upcoming hurricane? >> absolutely it is. natural disasters as david said, are the one thing we should not politicize, at least not at the time. this is an opportunity for us to respond quickly and capably to americans in need. not only on the irma side but also on continuing to help houston and beaumont, texas, and those affected areas on the texas gulf coast rebuild. this is absolutely a fair test of the president and his administration in their competence and i'm proud to say as not only democrat far after i am an american, thus far the president appears to be passing this test with flying colors and that is a victory for all people because we really need the federal government to work with local authorities and step up and help these folks in need and
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generally with that. hurricane irma looks poised to rip like a buzz saw up the middle of florida. it could go a little east or west, it looks like the entire state of florida is going to be facing hurricane force winds from these very powerful storms, it has already raked u.s. properties in the virgin islands and the caribbean and a number of dead already. and it could get worse. people are being told to evacuate florida as much as possible, governor rick scott started sounding the alarm a day or two ago and continues to do so. that is going to be a huge job for the federal emergency management agency and department of homeland security as well as the coast guard, the navy and other military assets will rush in there. >> heather: cleanup effort
still underway in texas and louisiana. >> jon: we will see what comes out of this white house briefing. >> heather: hurricane irma is battering the bahamas as miami braces for what could be a direct hit, the storm knocking out power to a million people in puerto rico, now on a collision course with south florida, governor rick scott saying time is running out for people to evacuate. >> today is the day, the right thing for your family and every family in the state is to make sure you have a plan to get to safety. this storm is wider than an entire state, it is expected to cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast. remember hurricane andrew, one of the worst storms in the history of the state. irma is more devastating on its current path. >> heather: joining the right now is an administrator for munro county florida, we may have to cut you short because we are waiting for the white house
press briefing but in the meantime, i spoke with you this morning during "fox & friends" first at 5:00 a.m., you said you are going to stay put, have you changed your mind? >> we have fortified buildings that are designed for category . we are prepared for this and we will be fine but i can report that most of the keys have evacuated. >> heather: tell us how that is gone, a whole lot of people are trying to get out. >> you see what's coming, you see the size and strength of this hurricane, they are wise folks who know better, they have left. i'm assuming those that have not left also have very strong buildings to stay in. >> heather: we spoke with some people specifically in key west who are going to stay and ride it out, what about getting back to them after the storm? >> that's always a problem, we have 42 bridges connecting 120 miles of the keys, any of
those bridges go out and we could lose connection. this hurricane is very similar to hurricane donna in 1960, bigger and stronger and we lost some bridges then. 1935, we lost some bridges. >> heather: we have to wrap you up, we are going to the briefing with sarah sanders. >> secretary sanders: the president is constantly monitoring hurricane irma and the federal government is working closely with our state and local partners to ensure the safety of the coastal communities. in his weekly address to the nation this morning the president noted this storm has historic destructive potential and he is recommending everyone in the storms path remain vigilant. our message to the american people is this. with gratitude for our first responders and prayers to those in the storms path, we are behind you 100%. i'd like to bring up the president's homeland security advisor to discuss specifics on the federal government's ongoing
preparedness and response effort. after i will be up to take your other questions. >> thank you, sarah. thanks to each of you for being here. i can't add too much more to that, as you have heard me say before i like to try to categorize my thoughts into informing and influencing and inspiring. in terms of informing, please recall a process here that the federal government under president trump's leadership is fully engaged in support of the governors. those governors at this point are engaged in very different forms and phases of what we consider management, i'd be remiss if i didn't talk about texas and harvey. we have been in close contact and haven't stopped that contact, the people of texas and louisiana are involved in the early stages of what will be a long recovery effort.
the people in the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico and the other caribbean islands affected are in the middle of acute life-sustaining response operations and what we are seeing in florida, south carolina, and georgia are the final stages of preparation for the beginning of her response operation. we are seeing all three play out for us at the same time. it requires us to juggle some of our thinking but it doesn't require us to juggle our resources. we had an opportunity to rest and refit our forces and harvey and move them out and reposition them. right now we are employing them to save lives and we will maintain a good footprint and posture to do the same in florida, south carolina, and georgia as the storm progresses. i will come back to some of the path and the tracking forecast in a moment. i would like to see if i can reinforce that by suggesting that we take this very
seriously. we've already seen loss of life, this storm has taken lives already. please take it seriously. i would also suggest in terms of influencing that people stop watching this track and start thinking a little more seriously about getting themselves into a safe place and out of danger. i don't want them to take that as a call for shadow evacuations, please listen to your local authorities, they are carefully coordinating. this is a peninsula and some people need to evacuate from south to north and that is a staggered and carefully thought through process. at this point, this is a large storm. you need to at this point start thinking through your own personal accountability. please make sure, it is kind of an oxygen mask theory. take care of yourself so you can take care of others and take care of your loved ones and if you are able to, take care of strangers and others in need.
lastly, if i can, there's been a lot of coverage of florida but not necessarily media coverage of the u.s. virgin islands. if i can give you a brief update on where we stand there, as i just talked to the to the department of state and department of defense officials engaging in this life-sustaining operation, they are experiencing loss of water and loss of power. we are sending and air operations it to evacuate citizens. we are also doing that in saint maarten and saint martin, we are currently in the final stages of operations planning to evacuate those citizens, that was our planning assumption. those american citizens will be
removed via surface and air means, we've had to do some planning adjustment for surf conditions, for wind and for for hurricane jose. it is unfortunately still causing havoc in the islands. that's where we stand on that. they will begin executing those plans if not already, some point soon today and we will see some of those american citizens and others evacuate if necessary. that is where i will stop on the update, and take your questions. >> one of the big problems with the florida evacuation is so many gas stations are running out of gasoline. what can the federal government doing the next 24 hours to assist in getting more fuel to people in florida? >> is a number of things we have done. governor scott, tremendous leadership, tremendous confidence. he and the president has spoken
and i have spoken, i have every confidence in him. what we are seeing in florida are fuel shortages. we saw the same fuel shortages in texas because people appropriately gas up their generators, cars, boats and so forth. what we'll see here now is a need to pull an additional fuel and that need will run against the onset of tropical force winds. we are bringing as much supply of refined fuel as possible, we've waved a particular statute that allows for fortified vessels to help with that if you do effort. the secretary of homeland security can waived that statute. we have freed up the prohibition
so fortified vessels, as many ships as possible are being brought on the effort to bring as much fuel as possible and that's the best we can do. they are planning the points to get trucks from those port locations into the gas stations. that is what we're doing. >> how much more can you get in there? >> the conditions will dictate that, i don't think there will be too much more we can get in, at some point they will have to stop there operations. that is one of my messages here. at some point people are going to be on their own for a period of time for which the flooding, raining and winds bear down on them. they need to be prepared if they are in that path and haven't taken some action to get themselves to a less dangerous position, that would be at my advice for them to have enough food, water and shelter before the government can get back in.
we are prestaged but we can't get until that final point of care until conditions improve. >> one housekeeping question. for fema to have resource, the president needs to sign legislation. any indication on when that's going to happen? >> congress came in the fast way to give us emergency supplemental funding. fema still has the money they need, no break in operations. there will be a break in their operations if they run out of money, that's why that supplemental legislation was so necessary. thank you to the house and senate leadership for passing that so quickly and responsibly. this is a real-time event of the bill might be on its way up here right now. it requires a signature by the senate leadership or the vice president and a signature by the president of the united states. i think that will happen today.
>> it looks like it's going to cover the entire peninsula running south to north, how does that complicate emergency management response as it moves up the state and to floridians who are veterans of hurricanes, they sometimes have the tendency to say they can ride this one out. >> some people caught hurricane amnesia, let's hope there is none. some people, it probably 20% of the population might not remember or might not have gone through the last hurricane in florida, it was probably 2004 or 2005, there were four major hurricanes in 2004. 2005 was forgotten because of katrina. if you haven't experienced it, take it seriously and ask those who have. please recall that what i just described took place, you are without power, without water, for a period of time afterwards.
in terms of the track there are three considerations. the upper right northeast quadrant of the storm packs the most punch, the second consideration is, if the eye gets over land it tends to lose steam a little faster. as this thing moves left and right it can affect our operations because it can affect different parts of the state. wind or flood. what we will see here and over the next 24 hours will tell us which one we are going to face. we are planning for all those eventualities. worst-case a scenario, it dips down, moves west and dips down to the other side of the stage, people have not been planning for that. the storm at this point, everything from tampa to jacksonville, please plan accordingly. don't necessarily evacuate based on those eventualities, listen to their local officials.
but do prepared to be in the storm's path just in case. that's how we are doing it. instead of repositioning all the commodities in places that might be affected by the storm, the fema logistics team have thought through placing those supplies elsewhere, up to delaware and new york and elsewhere so they continue large operations and to support the island and so the next storm doesn't affect the storm before, if that answers your question. >> after the fires that occurred in texas, are there any extra precautions being taken to ensure that that type of thing doesn't happen here and how is the system for this and jose coming in? >> the system can be taxed in different ways, i address the life stays saving, life-sustaig operational systems.
they are all rested and ready to come back into the fight, the coast guard in the united states military, national guard. we are preparing for environmental losses as we should, i can't speak to each and every company's preparation efforts as i stand here, we continue to monitor that and follow up with you. there will be steps taken from us sitting down in the nuclear power facility, some kind of shutdown posture at some point. we monitor those things. i was comfortable with the position of most of them. >> is there anything you're not comfortable with that is a overriding concern? >> we're worried about the fuel shortages and whatever worries the governor at this point. to be honest, i'm setting expectations appropriately. as we go through a storm, nobody is ever completely safe. i'm extremely comfortable with