This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida “stands ready to help defend the southern border and is deploying assets to aid Texas’ border security crisis.”
Florida has more than 1,100 assets and resources available, including:
101 Florida Highway Patrol Troopers
200 Florida Department of Law Enforcement Officers, in teams of 40
20 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers
800 Florida National Guard Soldiers
20 Emergency Management Personnel – including radio technicians, logisticians, mechanics and planners
Five available fixed wing aircraft with monitoring equipment and downlink capabilities with two aviation crew teams
Two Mobile Command Vehicles and two command teams
17 available unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and support teams
10 vessels – including airboats, shallow draft vessels, and mid-range vessels
“The impacts of Biden’s Border Crisis are felt by communities across the nation, and the federal government’s abdication of duty undermines the sovereignty of our country and the rule of law,” said DeSantis. “At my direction, state agencies, including law enforcement and the Florida National Guard, are being deployed to Texas, with assets including personnel, boats and planes. While Biden ignores the crisis he created, Florida stands ready to help Texas respond to this crisis.”
“We stand with Texas as they work to repel illegal aliens at the border,” said Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. “We are prepared to assist however needed.”
Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), states can provide resources, including personnel, to other states to assist in times of emergency. Texas and Florida are both parties to this agreement and can accept support from each other at any time through an EMAC request. The EMAC process also ensures resources and personnel deployed for emergency situations are eligible for FEMA reimbursement. In 2021, DeSantis answered the call for support and reinforcements following a letter from Governors Greg Abbott, R-Tex., and Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., requesting immediate assistance with the security crisis overwhelming law enforcement at the southern border.
Resources are available through the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida National Guard, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and stand ready to deploy.