(ABC NEWS) -- Florida Gov. has called for 17,000 volunteers as Hurricane Irma appears poised to make landfall in the Sunshine State this weekend.
"We’re asking for more volunteers. American is down here with 1,000 volunteers we’ve had 8 to 9,000 additional people agree to volunteer, I need a total of about 17,000 volunteers," Scott announced this morning on "GMA."
Various evacuations have taken place across multiple counties as the impending storm threatens Florida, sending over 1 million residents to seek shelter out of harm's way.
Additionally, state officials have announced that all salaried, non-essential state employees can receive expedited volunteer certifications for disaster services in order to assist in, or operate, shelters in response to Hurricane Irma.
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