Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg urged Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday to form a statewide oversight commission to review how state and local disaster managers, utilities, medical facilities and others responded to Hurricane Irma.
“I ask that you form a commission to review any after action reports created by state and local EOCs, utilities, state agencies, medical facilities, or other critical service providers, and to evaluate and oversee recovery projects,” Brandes wrote to Scott Tuesday. “This would ensure that state and county needs are triaged and met in a manner that leverages every disaster relief dollar, and that the assessments of the response and recovery actions taken by both public and private entities become best practices to prepare for future events.
“Establishment of similar oversight commissions consisting of representatives of state agencies, counties, cities, utilities, and other public and private parties is an established best practice that has been used to efficiently facilitate long-term recovery from disasters like the Deepwater Horizon and Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina,” Brandes wrote.
Scott’s reply: “Our office will review his recommendations,” his spokesman John Tupps said. “The governor has been laser-focused on making sure that every Floridian can recover from this storm. After every emergency, it’s always important to find ways to improve.”
Brandes asked the governor to act on his request in the next few weeks.