WASHINGTON – Today, Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor continued to urge residents along the East Coast to implement their hurricane preparedness plans as soon as possible. Gaynor, along with other agency leaders, emphasized that the risk of dangerous storm surge, heavy rain and hurricane-force winds along the east coast of Florida this weekend continues to rise and urged residents should prepare now.
In his interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” Acting Administrator Gaynor highlighted the need for residents of Florida and south Georgia to make preparations now.
“It’s going to be a big storm,” said Gaynor. “We encourage family and individuals to take preparations seriously. The clock is ticking.” He also spoke to the federal effort mobilized to support state, local and tribal response. “We’ve been moving supplies and staff quickly into Florida. We’ll continue to do so to make sure the state has no unmet needs”
In his interview with CNN’s “New Day,” the Acting Administrator continued to encourage residents of Florida and south Georgia to make plans now for Hurricane Dorian.
“The clock is ticking. It’s up to you to take proactive action to keep you and your family safe. You have to make sure you’re able to be by yourselves for three to seven days. This is going to be a long duration, major storm,” said Gaynor. “It’s going to be a large impact storm. Don’t dismiss it just because you don’t live along the coast… you have to believe it’s going to impact you.”
Gaynor also provided an update on FEMA’s work to pre-position commodities and resources throughout neighboring states.
FEMA’s Associate Administrator for Office of Response & Recovery Jeff Byard spoke to MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to emphasize the need for individuals to take immediate preparedness steps and to heed local warnings.
“We want our citizens to be prepared and to know when the evacuation orders are given, where to go, make sure they have their emergency kits and what they need to be safe. Ready.gov and the FEMA app are wonderful resources to learn more,” said Byard. “Don’t take chances. Make sound decisions, heed those local warnings and do what you’re asked to do.” He also stressed the importance of residents as a part of the larger preparedness team.
Through several Sinclair Broadcasting outlets, FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery David Bibo discussed personal preparedness and the robust Disaster Relief Fund.
“We are not going to be shy about deploying resources into the area,” said Bibo. “We’re already beginning to move people, equipment, and supplies into the affected area.”
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