President Trump approves Alabama emergency disaster declaration

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President Donald Trump gives thumbs up while walking to Air Force One upon departure at Chennault International Airport, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. Trump toured damage from Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDHN) — Federal disaster funds will be headed to Alabama following President Donald Trump’s pre-approved, emergency disaster declaration for the state of Alabama prior to Hurricane Sally’s arrival.

“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe,” a White House news release stated.

The disaster declaration allows for direct federal assistance in all central and south Alabama counties. In the Wiregrass, eligible counties include Houston, Geneva, Covington, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Pike, and Barbour Counties.

Tuesday morning, Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement on the federal assistance for the state:

“As we continue making preparations for Hurricane Sally to impact Alabama, I thank President Trump and his Administration for approving our request so quickly. We will continue closely monitoring the developments today, and I urge everyone in the coastal areas south of I-10 and in low-lying areas to take all precautions and heed advice from weather experts and local officials. Please stay vigilant, Alabama.”

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