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Obama Declares State Of Emergency

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – After reading petitions from Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter, President Obama declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Isaac beginning today.

The action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.

FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. 

Vitter sent a letter early Monday in support of the state's emergency assistance request urging Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for the state and to expedite emergency assistance in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac is forecast to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico later today.

"State and local governments need every tool and resource available to respond to this rapidly approaching hurricane," Vitter said. "Due to the serious nature of Tropical Storm Isaac and the worsening forecast by the National Weather Service, there is a clear and justified need for a federal emergency declaration to address this emergency situation."

Below is a copy of his letter:

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Obama,

The National Weather Service forecasts that Tropical storm Isaac will impact the Southeastern coast of Louisiana at Category-2 strength within the next 24 hours.  In light of this information, Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a statewide emergency on August 26, 2012 and has asked for a major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana.  I would like to express my support for the state's request and ask that you expedite the needed assistance to Louisiana. 

Louisiana's coastal parishes and the metropolitan city of New Orleans face the brunt of this probable Hurricane, and the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for this area. 

State and local governments need every tool and resource available to respond to this rapidly approaching hurricane.  Due to the serious nature of Tropical Storm Isaac and the worsening forecast by the National Weather Service, there is a clear and justified need for a federal emergency declaration to address this emergency situation.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue, and I look forward to your response.

 

  Sincerely,

 

 

  David Vitter

  United States Senator

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