Florida Tropical Storm Rita (EM-3259)
Incident period: September 18, 2005 to October 23, 2005
Emergency Declaration declared on September 20, 2005
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September 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- R. David Paulison, Acting Under Secretary for Homeland Security and FEMA Director, announced that President Bush authorized an emergency declaration for the State of Florida, allocating Federal resources in support of emergency protective actions in the counties located in the path of Hurricane Rita, beginning on September 18, 2005, and continuing. Paulison said President Bush issued the declaration following a review of FEMA’s analysis of the state’s request for federal assistance.