WASHINGTON – Today, FEMA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery Jeff Byard urged residents in Dorian’s path to follow the guidance of local officials and have a plan for how to communicate with friends and family during and after the storm.
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In his interview with Sheinelle Jones and Peter Alexander of NBC’s “Today Show,” Byard spoke about how FEMA prepares for responding to multiple states potentially affected by Dorian as well as the medical, financial and personal needs individuals and families need to take care of before the storm makes landfall.
“Citizens in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina – now is the time for you to start making your preparatory actions,” said Byard. “Emergency management and response is definitely a team effort. We want our citizens, who are our most vital teammate, to do what they need to do to prepare for the possible impacts of Hurricane Dorian.”
On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Byard shared FEMA’s biggest concern – the public taking Dorian storm warnings seriously.
“At FEMA, our job is to be concerned with everything,” he said. “Our most and largest concern is that citizens are not paying attention, or they don’t take these storms like this seriously. We want to make sure those residents in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina are definitely starting to make their preparatory actions. However, we don’t want the citizens of Florida to lose sight of the cone of uncertainty that the storm presents.”
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