President Trump declares State of Emergency in Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael

Posted at 3:55 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 15:58:00-04

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump declared a State of Emergency in Florida, ordering Federal assistance to assist in state and local response efforts caused by Hurricane Michael. 

The White House released the following statement on Tuesday:

"The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding in the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance will be provided at 75 percent funding in the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Gilchrist, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Lafayette, Levy, Manatee, Okaloosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Union, Walton, and Washington.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Thomas J. McCool as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas."

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency in 35 Florida counties — including Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee Counties.

The declaration aims to provide state and local governments ample time, resources and the flexibility to prepare for Hurricane Michael.

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