Hurricane Michael: Phone Zap for Prisoners, Autonomous Disaster Relief Efforts Begin to Mobilize

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Hurricane Michael, the second large storm to hit the so-called United States this hurricane season touched down today on the Florida Panhandle, after receiving considerably less press than Hurricane Florence that poor, working-class, and Native communities are still attempting to recover from.

The storm assault comes directly after the publishing of a series of reports on climate change, the first coming from within the Trump administration itself, which argued that it was unrealistic to think that governments could end climate change, and that an end to the use of fossil fuels would negatively impact the economy. Thus, the report, which was written about in the Washington Post, argues that instead nothing should be done, and even argues that fossil fuel production should even increase in some instances.

Alt-Right troll Ian Miles Cheong stands by his billionaire.

Another report issued by the UN, concluded that unless drastic action was taken to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030, then catastrophic climate change would be unavoidable. Trump responded to these claims by stating that he had read other reports that concluded the environment was “fabulous.” As if on cue, the pundit class, including Alt-Right trolls on social media, began pushing the claim that attempts to stop global warming were simply a ploy to usher in “communism,” and should thus be ignored.

But as Hurricane Michael has shown, the future is already here, as even the National Weather Service writing on Twitter proclaimed, “THIS IS THE WORSE CASE SCENARIO.” And as with Katrina and Florence, the storms also threaten to impact nuclear power plants, flood streams and rivers with hog waste and coal runoff, and devastate poor communities hit hard by previous disasters, be they economic or ecological. In the face of this reality, governments around the world show that they are not capable of saving us from the coming collapse, and in the case of the United States, openly exclaim that they intend to actually make things worse.

Phone Zap for Prisoners Left Behind In the Storm

From Fight Toxic Prisons:

Hurricane Michael, now a Category 4, is slated to be the worst hurricane to hit Florida in over 100 years and the the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) refuses to evacuate 15 state prisons in mandatory evacuation zones.

We need your help putting pressure on each state to ensure the horrors that happened at FCI Beaumont during Hurricane Harvey don’t happen again. This tactic proved effective just last month when North Carolina and Virginia evacuated prisons ahead of Hurricane Florence!

Demands –

  1. Immediate evacuation of all prisoners from every State Prison in the Mandatory Evacuation zone.
  2. Stockpiling of Water and Food at every facility that may be impacted by power outages.

Numbers to Call –

Governor Rick Scott 

Phone- (850) 488-7146

FDC Region 1 Director Angela Gordon (angela.gordon@fdc.myflorida.com)

Phone – (850) 627-5511

FDC Region 2 Director Eric V. Hummel (erich.hummel@fdc.myflorida.com)

Phone – (386) 496-6000

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Southeastern Regional Office- (678) 686-1200

No word on: FCI Marianna, FPC Pensacola, FCI Tallahassee

When you get a response use #EvacuateFLPrisoners and tweet @FightToxicPrisons & @iwoc_gnv! Numbers aren’t working? Tweet us with number updates too! 

If you can, record the phone call and email it to us. If it turns out they’re lying, we’ll have voice-recorded evidence. (Email FightToxicPrisons@gmail.com)

Also, we don’t trust ANY Department of Corrections. Per Jailhouse Lawyers Speak’s advice, “If you know any prisoners in this storm path, it’s important to tell them to fill up any containers or bags with water NOW!! Prisons are notorious for not giving adequate drinking water to prisoners if any at all after the water is contaminated.”

Still Have Energy? Tweet the link to this post to any journalists and news outlets you can think of!

List of Prisons That Haven’t Evacuated in Mandatory Evacuation Zones:

Bay County

Bay Correctional Facility

Phone- (850) 769-1455

Citrus County

Citrus County Detention Facility

Phone- (352) 527-3332

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management: (352) 746-6555

Dixie County

Cross City Corrections Department and East Unit

Phone- (352) 498-4444

Gadsden County

Gadsden Correctional Facility: (850) 875-9701

Quincy Annex: (850) 627-5400

Gulf County

Gulf Correctional Institution Annex

Phone- (850) 639-1000

Jackson County

Jackson County Corrections: (850) 482-9651

Liberty Correctional Institution: (850) 643-9400

Apalachee Correctional Institution, East Unit: Phone: (850) 718-0688
Chaplain: (850) 718-0713

Jefferson County

Jefferson Correctional Institution

Phone: (850) 342-0500

  • UPDATE 8:40am EST- The wife of a prisoner reports that “My husband is in Jefferson CI and they sandbagged all the entrances, they will leave the phones on all day today for them to keep in contact with us.” She is advising him to tell everyone he knows to fill up anything they can with water.

Levy County

Levy County Jail

Phone: (352) 486-5121

Okaloosa County

Okaloosa Correctional Institution and Work Camp

Phone- (850) 682-0931

Taylor County

Taylor Correctional Institution and Work Camp

Phone- (850) 838-4000

Wakulla County

Wakulla Correctional Institution

Phone- (850) 410-1895

Walton County

Walton Correctional Institution

Phone- (850) 951-1300

Franklin County

Franklin County Jail Facility (Right on Coast) Phone: +1 850-670-8500

  • Update: 10:00am Pacific Time- Mr. Summerhill told us that prisoners were evacuated yesterday, and that they have been split between Liberty (which is still in an evacuation zone) and Tallahassee

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