DeSantis Cooks Breakfast For First Responders At Waffle House

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stepped behind the counter at a Waffle House restaurant to cook breakfast for some of the first responders dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

The hurricane made landfall in Southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon, and made history as one of the most powerful Category 4 hurricanes to ever hit the Sunshine State — with wind speeds reaching up to 155 mph.

DeSantis sent out a tweet about the Waffle House in Punta Gorda, stating that the restaurant had opened and had begun feeding first responders.

“@WaffleHouse is one of the first restaurants in Charlotte County to reopen and provide hot meals as we work together to serve Floridians after #HurricaneIan,” the governor tweeted. “Thank you for providing meals to the linemen working to restore power.”

The Twitter account for the DeSantis War Room shared a clip of the governor feeding first responders, emergency response staff, and volunteers at the restaurant.

DeSantis also provided updates regarding his administration’s hurricane recovery efforts following their visits to numerous devastated areas and meetings with officials in the communities that have been affected by Hurricane Ian.

According to the governor’s office, approximately 42,000 linemen have responded to over 1.2 million power outages that have resulted from the hurricane’s devastating impact on the state. More than 1.4 million Florida residents have already had their power restored by the linemen.

Over 1,000 members of search and rescue teams have conducted more than 1,100 rescues throughout the state as of early Saturday morning.

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) has provided significant support to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), lending the state 1,800 personnel coming from over two dozen states to assist in recovery efforts.

“FDEM is working with feeding partners to open kitchens for impacted and displaced residents,” DeSantis’ office said in a statement. “More than 63,000 hot meals were served on-scene at food banks in Alachua, Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and Union counties yesterday, Friday, September 30. More than 100,000 hot meals will be served today, October 1.”

“FDEM has six active fuel depots and is staging an additional four fuel depots today throughout Central and Southwest Florida to ensure first responders have the fuel they need to conduct search and rescue operations,” the statement continued. “More than 1.2 million gallons of fuel has been mobilized.”