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Obama declares emergency in Florida

President Barack Obama speaks after being briefed about Hurricane Matthew, at the FEMA headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.

New York Times

President Barack Obama speaks after being briefed about Hurricane Matthew, at the FEMA headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.

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October

President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Florida due to Hurricane Matthew, the White House said Thursday.

Gov. Rick Scott had requested the designation Wednesday. He and Obama spoke by phone early Thursday afternoon, according to Scott's office. The White House disclosed the emergency declaration shortly after.

Here's the White House's statement:

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 3, 2016, and continuing," the

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 in the counties of Baker, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia.

Specifically, 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. 

  1. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Terry L. Quarles as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:57pm]

    

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