Florida Gov. Rick Scott has emerged as a big hero for the people of his state. The way he has got the entire population of the affected areas laying in the way of Hurricane Irma evacuated is simply marvelous.
As a large part of the state gets prepared to be hammered by category 4 Hurricane and the torrential rains that are expected to hit the state in its wake, the entire world seems to be all praise for the Governor. Around 6.5 million people from the impacted areas, making more than one fourth of the entire population of the state have successfully been evacuated, without any major incidents.
While there have been some reports of shortage of fuel and long queues have been observed along the evacuation zones, it didn’t hamper the evacuation efforts.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott took very early precaution about the approaching hurricane and foresaw the destruction that it may cause in the state. Initially the evacuation was limited to Miami area, but was later expanded substantially.
Earlier today, while talking to the media he said, “we’re going to do everything we can to keep every person in our state alive and protected…I know the winds are going to be very devastating and life threatening. But I’m also very concerned about the storm surge”.
He said in some areas the water may go as high as fifteen feet or even higher. He went on to add, “People don’t realize it’s going to come into your house, it’s going to fill up maybe your entire first floor, and then it’s going to flow out. So I don’t know how you’re going to survive that. So you just have to think about, you know, you’ve got to get as high ground as you can and, and, and just pray”.
The Gov. has activated the entire 7,000 strong National Guard and that the moment first responders can get out to save people who are stuck. Nonetheless he talked about the challenges “It didn’t just impact one coast where we could position assets on the other coast. And so it’s going to … take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south. Some of them are even out of state because we couldn’t … pre-position them here,” he said.
Born as Richard Lynn Scott on 1 December, 1952, Scott is the Governor of Florida since 2011. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City. he went on to receive law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. He served in the United States Navy before starting his business career, joining the Dallas firm Johnson & Swanson, where he became partner. In 1987, at age 34, he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989, to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S.
Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a close race in the general election, spending roughly $75 million of his own money in the process. In 2014, he won re-election over former Republican turned Democratic challenger, former governor Charlie Crist and several third-party and/or independent candidates. Florida Gov. Rick Scott net worth is around $147 million.
The Gov. is a role model when it comes to having a four and half decade long married life without any major controversy. Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s wife is Frances Annette Holland. On April 20, 1972, Scott, who was 19 years old, married his high school sweetheart, Frances Annette Holland who was 20. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has two daughters Jordan Scott and Allison Scott.