Prior to hurricane Idalia's landfall, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 23-171 declaring a state of emergency in Alachua, Bay, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. Under a state of emergency, Floridians are permitted to receive early prescription refills regardless of typical limits.
FAFP members adversely impacted by the storm are encouraged to reach out to the FAFP to coordinate any assistance that is made available to support the local medical community. The FAFP has been communicating with the AAFP Foundation and the International Medical Corps who already have an emergency response team in North Florida providing healthcare services and deploying resources in coordination with the Florida Department of Health. The FAFP remains hopeful for everyone's safety during Idalia and all future storms this season.