President Trump approves Georgia emergency declaration

President Donald J. Trump participates in an Oval Office briefing tracking the approach of Hurricane Irma toward the coast of Florida, Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the White House in Washington, D.C., joined by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left; Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Thomas Bossert; Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Trump has declared that an emergency exists in the State of Georgia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 7, 2017, and continuing.

What does this mean? The action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property, and ensure public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the state.

Additionally, 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.

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