THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement of the President
On March 12 and 13, excessive rainfall, tornadoes, flooding, high tides and gale force winds caused death, serious personal injury and property damage in the State of Florida.
In a telephone call to me today, Governor Lawton Chiles requested Individual Assistance and Public Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Dade, Duval, Hamilton, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Taylor and Volusia Counties.
The situation is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State of Florida and local governments. Therefore, I concur that supplemental Federal assistance is necessary and FEMA is directed to provide such assistance.
Individual Assistance can include temporary housing, grants, lowcost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Public Assistance is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the flooding.
Additional areas may be designated at a later date, if requested and warranted.