Updated: Friday, September 1, 2023 01:30 PM EST


FDC's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is operating 24-hours a day and keeping in constant contact with the state EOC and every facility statewide.

  • All institutions have commercial or generator power.
  • Facility damage assessments are ongoing.
  • All inmates housed in facilities impacted by Hurricane Idalia are safe, secure and have ample food and water supplies.
  • Staff accountability is ongoing.
  • No reported injuries to on duty staff or inmates.


FDC has announced the cancellation of visitation through Monday, September 4, in response to Hurricane Idalia. The facilities affected are:

  • Jefferson Correctional Institution
  • Columbia Correctional Institution
  • Cross City Correctional Institution
  • Hamilton Correctional Institution
  • Lake City Correctional Facility
  • Madison Correctional Institution
  • Mayo Annex
  • Suwannee Correctional Institution
  • Taylor Correctional Institution

To receive visitation updates, please text “FDCVISIT” to 888-777.



The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is taking proactive steps to uphold public safety and ensure the individuals entrusted to our custody are safe and secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Idalia.

In response to natural disasters and any state of emergency, the Florida Department of Corrections' highest priorities are public safety, the security of the institutions, and the safety of our staff and the inmates under Department supervision.

Department staff have begun working to make necessary preparations for inmates housed in facilities located in the anticipated path of the storm. Extra water and food supplies are being prepared for delivery to all facilities that the storm may impact. Decisions to evacuate facilities will be made on a case-by-case basis and on what is in the best interest of the public, staff, and inmate safety.

In the event of an institution evacuation, announcements will be made upon completion. Per standard protocol, inmate locations will be posted on the website approximately 24 hours after relocation.

Individuals are encouraged to visit the Department website or social media channels before contacting individual institutions.

Follow @fl_corrections on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Florida Department of Corrections updates.

Food and water supplies:

Food and water inventories have been evaluated at each facility and additional supplies have been ordered for facilities in the path of the storm.

  • Bagged meals may be provided when regular food service operations through the institutional kitchens are interrupted (power outages, weather prevents inmates from leaving the dorms, etc.).
  • If normal drinking water supplies are impacted, ample potable water is provided.

Fuel and power:

  • Fuel supplies at institutions have been checked in anticipation of generator use. All facilities have a generator in the event commercial power is lost.
  • Additional generators and portable light towers have been delivered to facilities that may be impacted.
  • Fuel supply at every institution is evaluated daily.


  • All correctional officers and institutional staff work throughout the duration of the storm.
  • Staff from non-impacted regions will be deployed to provide additional support after the storm passes, as needed.
  • Maintenance teams from other regions have been staged to deploy after the storm.


Evacuation determinations are made in the best interest of the public, staff and inmate safety. Multiple satellite facilities, community work release centers and work camps were evacuated in an abundance of caution. Inmates were relocated to larger main units (parent facilities), better equipped to weather the storm.

Approximately, 4,000 inmates were evacuated or relocated to facilities better equipped to weather the impacts of the storm. The following facilities have been evacuated:

  • Bradenton Bridge
  • Bridges of Cocoa
  • Bridges of Jacksonville
  • Bridges of Lake City
  • Bridges of Orlando
  • Bridges of Santa Fe
  • Cross City Work Camp
  • Dayton Beach CRC
  • Desoto Work Camp
  • Ft. Pierce CRC
  • Hardee Work Camp
  • Hernando CI
  • Jacksonville Bridges
  • Kissimmee CRC
  • Lancaster Work Camp
  • Largo Road Prison
  • Madison Work Camp
  • Miami North CRC
  • Opa Locka CRC
  • Orlando Bridge
  • Orlando CRC
  • Panama City CRC
  • Reality House
  • Re-entry of Ocala
  • Shisha House
  • St. Johns
  • St. Pete CRC
  • Suncoast CRC
  • TTH Bartow
  • TTH Dinsmore
  • TTH Kissimmee
  • TTH Tarpon Springs
  • Tallahassee CRC
  • Tomoka CRC
  • Tomoka Work Camp
  • Turning Point

Community Corrections

Offenders on community supervision will be given specific instructions from their probation officers if the probation office closes during regular reporting hours.

State probation offices will be closed Friday, September 1 in the following offices:

  • 031 - LIVE OAK
    506 Houston Avenue NW
    Live Oak, FL 32064

  • 032 - MADISON
    757 SW Range Ave, Suite C
    Madison, Florida 32340

  • 033 - PERRY
    121 North Jefferson Street
    Perry, Florida 32347-0540

  • 034 - OLD TOWN
    25815 SE Hwy 19
    Old Town, FL 32680

  • 023 - MONTICELLO
    1455 South Jefferson Street
    Monticello, Florida 32344

If you are on community supervision (probation, community control, conditional release, etc.) and you have questions about reporting or need specific instructions regarding your supervision during Hurricane Idalia, contact your probation officer. If your probation office is closed, call the statewide community corrections hotline at 844-217-6738 for additional instructions.


Executive Orders
Executive Order 23-171
Executive Order 23-172 (Amending Executive Order 23-171, Emergency Management – Tropical Storm Idalia)
Executive Order 23-175

Press Releases
August 31, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Idalia
August 31, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Approval of Florida’s Major Disaster Declaration
August 30, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Idalia
August 29, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Idalia
August 28, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Idalia
August 27, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Tropical Storm Idalia
August 26, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Invest 93L
August 26, 2023 | Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Executive Order in Preparation for Invest 93L

Florida Department of Emergency Management (DEM)