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Representative Whitfield Issues Statement on Expediting FEMA

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Whitfield Calls Upon FEMA to Expedite Emergency Declaration to President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) today spoke with Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and urged Serino and FEMA to do whatever possible to advance Governor Steve Beshear’s request to the President for a declaration of a major disaster for all of Kentucky.

On April 28, Whitfield, after having viewed flood and storm damage across portions of the First Congressional District, led the Kentucky delegation in sending a letter to the President supporting the Governor’s request for a disaster declaration. Rep. Whitfield has continued to follow reports of rising river levels and, on the heels of the Army Corps of Engineers blasting a levy on the Mississippi River to relieve swelling river levels, Whitfield felt it necessary to call on FEMA and urge them to advance the disaster request.

“Deputy Administrator Serino was helpful in updating me on the process of the disaster declaration request,” said Whitfield following the call. “He informed me that FEMA has received the final pieces of information from the State and will now begin advancing the disaster declaration request through the necessary channels. It is my hope that this request would reach the President as quickly as possible so that local officials can have the assurance of federal support to make our damaged communities whole once more. I will continue to monitor and follow this situation closely and do whatever possible to assist Kentucky residents.”


Written by Angela Hatton

May 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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