Monday, March 17, 2008

Governor Perdue Requests Expedited Presidential Declaration

Governor Sonny Perdue today announced that he has asked President Bush for an expedited major disaster declaration to assist the City of Atlanta and Fulton County with recovery efforts in the wake of storms that hit the city on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2008. If approved, this declaration will provide federal funds for emergency response measures and aid for losses.

Governor Perdue made the announcement at the Cartersville Airport, after concluding a helicopter tour of the damage caused by severe weather on Saturday in Bartow, Floyd and Polk counties. The Governor added that these three counties, as well as others around the state that experienced damage over the weekend, could be added to this request at a future date as damage assessments are gathered and tallied.

“I am always amazed by the damage that these winds can inflict on people and property,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “This declaration request will aid those affected most by this disaster to begin the recovery process.”

The request is for federal assistance with public safety measures, debris removal and covering damage to public buildings. This request also includes individual assistance for affected home and property owners who are uninsured or underinsured.

“The emergency management system nationwide is built upon meeting needs that may not be fully met,” said GEMA and Homeland Security Director Charley English. “We are acting to ensure that the needs of these victims are being met.”

This assistance is requested as the Georgia Emergency Management Agency continues to work with local officials and FEMA to assess and recover from the damages caused by the storms. Additional statewide assessments will continue in other cities and counties to ensure that the needs of all local governments affected by the tornadoes are met.
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