Statement from FEMA Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III on the Illinois Tornadoes and Severe Weather

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Release date: 
February 29, 2012
Release Number: 
R5-12-003

CHICAGO, Ill. -- On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed or injured by tornadoes that impacted Illinois this morning.  FEMA has been in constant communication with officials at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) since the severe weather hit, and I commend local and state first responders for their diligent and tireless efforts to protect lives and provide immediate assistance in the aftermath of these storms. We encourage residents in impacted areas to listen carefully to instructions from their local leaders and take the recommended protective measures to safeguard life and property while response efforts continue.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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