FEMA Ready for Hurricane Season, Trump Says
  [Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:10:00 AM]
AP
After a hurricane or severe storm strikes, it can sometimes take months or years for families and businesses to recover.

On Friday, with weather trackers predicting a busier-than-normal hurricane season for this year, President Trump and Vice President Pence made it a point to visit the Washington office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The president used the visit as an opportunity to pledge commitment to the nation’s emergency preparation and response efforts, the Washington Times reported.

“We are very strong on homeland security, and we’re very strong in respect to FEMA,” Trump said at the agency’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington. “FEMA is something I’ve been very much involved in already.”

Already as president, Trump said, he has approved FEMA assistance following weather-related disasters in Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska.

“We’ve already taken care of many of the situations that really needed emergency funds,” the president said. “We do it quickly, we do it effectively. We have an amazing team.”

Also attending the preparedness forum were FEMA Administrator William B. "Brock" Long, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, and several governors, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat from Louisiana, a state that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

This year, meteorologists forecast there will be an above-average number of major hurricanes.

The Weather Company forecasts 15 named storms and eight hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, three of which will be major hurricanes.

Sources: (
Fox News, Los Angeles Times
)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For FEMA officials as they prepare for weather-related disasters
• For storms and hurricanes to be less than predicted this year
• For President Trump and his team in their pledge of commitment to the nation’s emergency preparation and response efforts
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