Trump admin 'sparing no expense' in hurricane relief

White House preparing 'critical resources' in response to Hurricane Florence.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

President Trump briefed on Hurricane Florence
President Trump briefed on Hurricane Florence

The White House said it was mobilizing “critical resources and personnel” to support hurricane response efforts Thursday.

“The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority. We are sparing no expense.”– President Donald Trump said.

The administration said it has taken extensive steps to ensure all relevant federal agencies are prepared for Hurricane Florence, which hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Thursday.

The White House is currently monitoring multiple storms, including Florence, Olivia, Mangkut, and Isaac, and the President has mobilized the administration to support response efforts.

In a statement Thursday, the administration said it had begun work on precautionary measures before Labor Day.

In anticipation of the incoming storms, President Trump granted emergency declarations for North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

As a result, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have more authorization to assist areas affected by these storms.

In addition, the administration has directed more than 4,000 federal employees, including more than 1,000 FEMA employees, are working to provide support in response to these storms.

Federal teams have been deployed to support response operations, including teams to assist with incident management, medical assistance, and rescue operations, including two Army Corps of Engineers teams operating in the Carolinas and Virginia to assist with planning for debris removal and temporary power support.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are deployed, including in parts of the Carolinas, Maryland, and Virginia.

Seven FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed, including in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence, along with 16 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams, including swift water rescue task forces.

The Coast Guard is positioned in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia to quickly mobilize to support search and rescue efforts.