After President Biden deemed getting vaccinated a “vital part” of hurricane preparation, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) team reassured the Sunshine State on social media that its officials are ready and willing to assist all Floridians that will be impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of vaccination status.
“I want to be clear. A crucial element of preparing for hurricane season if you live in a location where hurricanes frequently occur, like as Florida, the Gulf Coast, or Texas, is to get vaccinated,” Biden said “prior to Hurricane Ian’s predicted impact on the west coast of Florida.”
He added, drawing an odd parallel between getting vaccinated and preparing for a major storm: “Now, everything is more difficult if you’re not immunized in [sic] a hurricane or natural disaster comes.”
On Tuesday, the DeSantis War Room responded to Biden’s request for extra immunizations.
“@POTUS made a bizarre and perplexing claim. Regardless of vaccination status, Governor DeSantis and Florida’s top-notch disaster response & first responders are prepared to assist all Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian.”
It is still completely unclear how being immunized against the Chinese coronavirus, which Americans have had plenty of chance to do, is related to getting ready for a major storm that is predicted to bring catastrophic floods, a “life-threatening storm surge,” and widespread power outages. In his numerous press conferences on the storm, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has avoided mentioning vaccinations since they are not related to preparing for a powerful hurricane.
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“There’s still doubt as to where that precise landfall will be, but just know the ramifications are going to be far broader than just where the eye of the hurricane happens to hit land,” he added, issuing a warning of “catastrophic flooding and life-threatening storm surge.” He added that some people had compared the current situation to Hurricane Charley, which had pounded the state in 2004. DeSantis clarified that although the hurricane was “strong as a category four,” it was lesser, and the majority of the devastation was brought on by wind. “Flooding and a catastrophic storm surge are the main concerns with this storm, Hurricane Ian.”
As of the time of writing, Hurricane Ian has sustained maximum winds of 120 mph, according to the NHC’s most recent report. A Tropical Storm Watch, Tropical Storm Warning, Hurricane Watch, and Hurricane Warning are now in effect for large portions of the state.