President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the federal government will play a key role in assisting states affected by Hurricane Idalia after the life-threatening storm made landfall Wednesday morning in Florida.
Speaking at the White House, Biden said residents of the Southeast should remain vigilant as Storm Idalia moves through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Biden said he spoke with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday morning about approving an early request for an emergency declaration ahead of the hurricane’s landfall.
Biden said he directed FEMA to deploy resources, including up to 1,500 troops and 900 Coast Guard troops throughout the southeastern United States to assist with search and rescue efforts.
The president also spoke about the cleanup and rebuilding efforts on Maui following the recent deadly wildfires, and said he was about to meet behind closed doors with his cabinet to discuss the federal response to the devastating wildfires that killed at least 115 people, making them the deadliest in modern U.S. history. USA.
The president said he has directed his team to do everything possible to help Maui recover and rebuild “in a way that respects and honors Hawaiian traditions and cultures and the needs of the local community.”
Biden acknowledged that The people of Maui lost everything and said the federal government is trying to “move heaven and earth” to help residents. He warned that the work “is going to take time, in some cases a long time.”
– Hurricane Idalia hits Georgia and the Carolinas with 75 mph winds
– Idalia leaves its first deaths and weakens to a category 1 hurricane on its way to Georgia
– Joe Biden and the first lady visit Maui and the survivors after the devastating wildfires
Source: La Opinion