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President Donald Trump approves request for Florida emergency declaration

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:16:00-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTXL) - President Donald Trump has approved Governor Rick Scott's request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration. 

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Michael beginning on October 7 and continuing on.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

The pre-landfall declaration request is for 35 Florida counties – Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwanee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Alachua, Union, Bradford and Baker Counties.

These important resources will help Florida prepare for anticipated impacts from Hurricane Michael, including the threat posed by the forecasted 12 feet of storm surge.

Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding in the affected counties.