Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency over Colonial Pipeline cyberattack
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WWSB) - Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening over the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.
This attack disabled certain computer systems responsible for sustaining the operations of the gasoline pipeline. This caused a halt of operations in order to contain and respond to the attack.
Since the Colonial Pipeline is responsible for giving a large percentage of fuel to the East Coast, the state of Florida and other states could be affected.
Among other things, the executive order sets wheels in motion for state officials to be able to coordinate with other states should it be necessary. It also would temporarily waive weight and size restrictions for fuel trucks entering Florida if they are involved in emergency relief efforts. It would also allow DeSantis to activate the Florida National Guard be activated, if needed.
You can read the full executive order from the Governor’s Office below:
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