Commissioner Desloge Tours Areas of Florida and Puerto Rico Still Recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Monday, April 2, 2018 | 

Commissioner Desloge Tours Areas of Florida and Puerto Rico
Still Recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria


Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge was among a small delegation of National Association of Counties (NACo) leaders who recently toured parts of Florida and Puerto Rico ravaged by some of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history. The delegation visited communities in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico that experienced loss of life, property and critical infrastructure as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Counties play an essential role in disaster preparedness and recovery,” said Bryan Desloge, Leon County Commissioner and Immediate Past President of the National Association of Counties. “It’s important that we learn from one another and strengthen our capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. There is no higher priority than keeping our residents safe, especially in the face of devastating natural disasters.”

During Irma, Monroe County sustained winds of over 130 mph, which destroyed over 4,100 homes and businesses and caused damage to nearly 5,400 other structures. Commissioners shared efforts to rebuild its infrastructure by leveraging the congressional disaster supplemental funding bill to build more resilient transportation and utility infrastructure to mitigate the damage of future storms.

To view photos of the tour, visit: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WlRQ2ZhpP4EKZ5Qv2

As communities across the country continue recovering from the historic 2017 hurricane season, NACo continues to work with local governments to ensure critical funding and assistance to help communities rebuild.

As Immediate Past President, Desloge serves on the NACo Executive Committee and represents more than 3,000 countries across the nation.

For more information, contact Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov.

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