Oliver Willis

Yes, Obama Administration Is Responding To Southern Tornadoes

I’m sure any minute now, the usual right-wing liars will insist that President Obama and his administration are ignoring the tornadoes in Alabama and the rest of the south. This is untrue.

April 27

President Obama Signs Alabama Emergency Declaration

The President tonight declared an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local response efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds beginning on April 27, 2011, and continuing.

Statement by the President on the Severe Storms and Tornadoes in Alabama

Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives because of the tornadoes that have swept through Alabama and the southeastern United States. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this devastation, and we commend the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster. I just spoke to Governor Bentley and told him that I have ordered the Federal Government to move quickly in our response and informed him that I approved his request for emergency Federal assistance, including search and rescue assets. While we may not know the extent of the damage for days, we will continue to monitor these severe storms across the country and stand ready to continue to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms.

April 28

FEMA ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE TO TRAVEL TO ALABAMA TO MEET WITH GOVERNOR AND STATE & LOCAL OFFICIALS

At the direction of President Obama, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate will travel to Alabama today to meet with Governor Robert Bentley, and other state and local officials, to assess the damage and ensure the state is receiving all the support needed for their response and recovery operations.

Since the tornadoes struck, FEMA, through its regional office in Atlanta, has been in constant contact with the governor’s office and state emergency management officials and has deployed staff to Alabama’s emergency operations center to help with coordination needs. Last night, President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Alabama, providing federal support to state and local response efforts.

FEMA AND FEDERAL PARTNERS SUPPORT SOUTHERN STATES IN RESPONSE TO TORNADOES AND SEVERE STORMS

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are working closely with state and local officials in Alabama and the other states impacted by the deadly tornadoes and severe storms that struck the Southeast last night, and that continue to impact southern states today.

Under the leadership of President Obama, who signed an emergency declaration to provide federal support to Alabama last night, FEMA has already deployed staff on the ground to help state officials with coordination and other needs as they continue their response. Earlier today, President Obama asked FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to travel to Alabama today to meet with Governor Robert Bentley and other state and local officials to ensure they have all the support they need as they continue to assess the damage and conduct response and recovery operations.

“Our thoughts are with the families and communities in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the other states that have been devastated by the severe storms and tornadoes that ripped through the region last night,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As President Obama has made clear, this administration stands with the impacted states and is bringing our full resources to bear to support them in any way needed. Throughout this storm, the heroes have been the first responders, neighbors, volunteers and many others who have been working day and night to protect the public’s health and safety. At FEMA, we’re just one part of this team, and we’re continuing to work closely with our state and local partners and tribal governments to make sure they have all the support they need for the duration of this storm.”