As the final touches are being put on the convention center where Republicans will hold their national convention starting Monday, Governor Rick Scott was being briefed on contingency plans should Isaac become an unwanted guest. No one is suggesting the convention be cancelled. But they are hoping for the best.
“The hope is that, as you follow the track, as it goes over Cuba and hits all that land, and hits Hispaniola, that it will dissipate. So a little bit further west, or dissipate, would be perfect for Florida,” says the Governor.
Republican National Committee organizers are now full participants in disaster managers’ conference calls. Should police or other security forces at the convention be pulled away to be storm responders, Scott says there is contingency.
“The National Guard will be ready for any contingency. So if that happened, the logical backup would be the National Guard,” says Governor Scott.
Governor Rick Scott had travel plans for Friday, but he has now cleared his schedule to be here just in case he has to cope with any changes in the storm.
Emergency Manager Bryan Koon says the state is prepared no matter where Isaac should impact.
“Quite frankly, we’re not sure where it’s going to go yet, so we don’t want to move resources in the path of the storm. We want to make sure we’re moving out to a safe area,” says Koon.
Scott says he still plans to go to the Republican convention Sunday, but that, like Isaac’s track and intensity, is subject to change.
Managers expect to have a better idea of if and where the storm will hit over the weekend. Any decisions concerning the Republican National Convention will be made by convention managers in conjunction with local officials.