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Obama receives Isaac update from Gov. Scott



UPDATE: President Barack Obama's press office sent out an overview of his conversation today with Gov. Rick Scott, which was preceded by the president's own briefing on Tropical Storm Isaac. From the news release:

Following the briefing, the President spoke with Florida Governor Rick Scott to make clear that the Administration, through FEMA, would continue to make resources available as necessary to support the state as the Governor’s team prepares for and responds to the storm.  The President told the Governor the people of Florida are in his thoughts during this time.  The President also told the governor to let him know if there are any unmet needs or additional resources the Administration could provide, including in support of efforts to ensure the safety of those visiting the state for the Republican National Convention.

ORIGINAL POST: Gov. Rick Scott has been working out of a Tampa emergency operations center today, receiving briefings on Tropical Storm Isaac and directing the state's response to the soon-to-be hurricane. Around lunchtime he received a call from President Barack Obama who wanted to ensure that Florida has the resources it needs.

During the brief phone conversation, Scott said coordination with state, local and federal officials and the Republican National Convention planners was going well. He also took the time to praise the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"FEMA has been outstanding; you have a great team," he said.

The governor's office declined to detail what Obama told Scott. But Scott's spokesman did reveal that the president had already been briefed on Isaac and was up to speed on the latest developments.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 3:14pm]


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