Florida Division of Emergency Management Sends Donated Supplies to Israel
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a show of support for their allies in Israel, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has taken decisive action by deploying two cargo planes carrying 85 pallets of donated supplies, Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday. The arrival of these supplies is expected on Wednesday, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
The loading and departure of the cargo were observed by Israeli Consul General Maor Elbaz-Starinsky, further emphasizing the significance of this humanitarian effort. To provide a visual representation of the operation, the Division of Emergency Management has also released a video showcasing the process of loading the cargo.
The donated items include a wide range of essential supplies such as medical equipment, clothing items, hygiene products, and children’s toys. Governor DeSantis expressed his motivation for this initiative, stating, “With the lack of leadership in Washington, we are stepping up to help our allies in Israel who are in need of supplies and our support. As we continue to bring back Americans who were stranded in Israel when the war began, we will also keep sending the necessary healthcare supplies for Israel to care for those who have been injured.”
Among the medical equipment being sent are 735 bandages, nearly 5,000 hospital gowns, 84 IV kits, more than 30,000 needles, more than 30,000 syringes, 57 ventilators, and over 10,000 boxes of surgical gloves. The Division’s Executive Director, Kevin Guthrie, commended the quick coordination between the Division and Israeli partners, saying, “Thanks to the decisive action of Governor DeSantis, the Division was able to quickly coordinate with our Israeli partners and compile needed supplies. After working with the Israeli Consulate, medical partners, and hospitals in Israel, the Division identified what items were most in need to reduce inundation and increase efficiency.”
In addition to the medical supplies, comfort items were also included in the cargo. These items comprise more than 1,000 children’s toys, over 300 sleeping bags, more than 1,000 hygiene products, and more than 2,000 articles of clothing.
This humanitarian effort follows the executive order issued by Governor DeSantis last week, which authorized the rescue of Floridians in Israel amid the ongoing conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. On Sunday, the first flight carrying 300 American citizens from Israel arrived in Florida, with more than 270 people landing in Tampa and seven in Orlando. Multiple state agencies have provided support to these individuals, as stated by the governor’s office.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s swift response and commitment to assisting their allies in Israel not only showcase their dedication to humanitarian causes but also serve as a reminder of the importance of international cooperation in times of crisis.