President Barack Obama just declared a state of emergency in Florida. This has been done keeping the upcoming Hurricane Matthew in mind. The declaration will ensure that the Hurricane Matthew causes minimum loss and damage. It also orders federal departments to make plans that will be specifically designed to save lives, property and ensure that emergency help reaches everyone in time. All this is being done to avoid the potential catastrophe that the hurricane may result in.
The President has ordered federal forces to carefully develop local, tribal and state efforts to respond to the emergency state that the Hurricane Matthew may result in.
People living near the coastal areas have already been asked to move or find proper shelters from the oncoming storm’s wrath.
The course of action that President Obama has undertaken has authorised FEMA or Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to work together to find solutions to provide relief from potential disaster, to make sure proper aid and medical help reach those wounded and provide any other assistance that the affected local people might require. They will have the authority, under Stafford Act’s Title V, to plan, act and take decisions that save the maximum number of lives, lessen the hurricane’s effect on property, public safety, and health. The counties that fall under their collective authority will include Hernando, Flagler, Baker, Martin, Citrus, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie, Monroe, Seminole, Polk, Brevard, Clay, Broward, Duval, Glades, Highlands, Hendry, Indian River, Marion, Nassau, Lake, Putnam, Okeechobee, Osceola, Orange, Palm Beach, St. John’s and Volusia.
To be more precise, FEMA can, at its discretion, look out for possible solutions and ways to mitigate the disaster and move accordingly. They might provide things, again at their discretion, they think are necessary to lessen the effects of the potential catastrophe. As much as seventy-five percent of federal funds will be used for emergency relief and aid and to provide unique equipment and solutions for disaster mitigation.
Terry L. Quarles has already been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for all the recovery operations that will be organised in the affected areas by the federal forces.