TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at a press conference on Tuesday morning to update Floridians on the state’s preparations for Hurricane Ian.

The governor was joined at the press conference – held at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee – by Florida Department of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue and Major General James O. Eifert.

Gov. DeSantis urged residents to heed evacuation orders. He said evacuees don’t need to travel to another state or hundreds of miles away – moving just tens of miles inland will shield you from storm surge and the worst of the winds.

In order to facilitate mass evacuations, the Florida Department of Transportation has suspended tolls and opened as many travel lanes as possible. The DOT is considering opening the shoulders of some major roads to help more people evacuate.

Once winds reach a sustained speed of 40 mph, FDOT will order the closure of bridges. FDOT secretary Jared Perdue said crews will be standing by to inspect them for damage after the storm and large bridges in Tampa Bay’s coastal communities will be prioritized – like the Skyway, the Howard Frankland bridge and the Gandy bridge.

Gov. DeSantis said representatives from three major cell phone companies were working alongside the state in the Emergency Operations Center. Floridians in the path of the storm should expect to lose cell service and for landline telephones to go down. The governor urged people to make a plan with their friends in loved ones on how they will communicate during and after the storm.

9,000 Florida National Guardsmen and 2,000 Guardsmen from other states have been activated to assist local law enforcement.