THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES EMERGENCY IN STATE OF FLORIDA FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO
In action to help the third state suffering from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Alberto, the President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts there. The President has already declared major disasters in Alabama and Georgia as a result of the floods.
Speaking earlier today from Naples, Italy, where he is attending the G-7 Conference, the President said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the people back home who are battling these fires and floods, and especially with the families of those who have lost their lives in the disasters ... I have directed all the federal departments who can help to make their most aggressive efforts to do so."
The President's action authorizes technical and advisory assistance under Title V of the Stafford Act. Also authorized is reimbursement of reasonable eligible expenses incurred by the State and affected local governments in a 13 county area in anticipation of, and immediately preceding, the predicted flooding. The counties include Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington.
Damage surveys by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are continuing in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.