Trump says FEMA is ready


1:04 WITH HURRICANE MICHAEL HITTING THE GULF COAST – AND MOVING INLAND — IT HAS THE PRESSURE THAT IS CLOSE TO KATRINA – CLOSE TO ANDREW PRESIDENT TRUMP – AND FEMA – SAY – HELP IS IN POSITION — “WE’VE GOT FOOD SUPPLIES – FOOD CHAINS – WE’RE WORKING WITH ALL OF THE STATES” THE PRESIDENT – BRIEFED BY HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NEILSEN AND FEMA DIRECTOR BROCK LONG – “THIS WOULD BE THE MOST INTENSE HURRICANE THAT’S STRUCK THIS AREA SINCE 1851.” AMONG THE BIGGEST CONCERNS – NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE EVACUATED. WE ARE CONCERNED THAT MANY CITIZENS DID NOT HEED THOSE WARNINGS – WE ARE PREPARED WITH SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS TO GO IN AND TRY TO DO WHAT WE CAN “A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE VERY POOR – IN CERTAIN OF THOSE AREAS – AND IT’S VERY TOUGH FOR THEM TO LEAVE.”
THIS POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC STORM – COMING JUST WEEKS AFTER HURRICANE FLORENCE SLAMMED INTO THE EAST COAST – FLOODING SOME OF THE SAME AREAS – NOW IN MICHAEL’S PATH: I REALLY WORRY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA – NORTH CAROLINA FROM STANDPOINT THEY WERE ALREADY SATURATED AND THEY’RE GONNA GET A REASONABLE HIT THE BACK TO BACK HIT – ANOTHER TEST FOR FEMA STAFF — “WE HAVE A LOT OF STAFF AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO HAVE A LOT OF STAFF FOR THE RECOVERY PHASE OF A LOT OF STORMS.” NOW – ALL EYES ON MICHAEL – AND ITS PATH THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST — THOUSANDS OF RESCUE WORKERS IN PLACE – AND MORE TO COME. AUDIO OUTCUE: BLAYNE ALEXANDER,
NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.
TAG THE PRESIDENT SAYS –
HE HOPES TO VISIT SOME OF THE STORM AFFECTED AREAS – SUNDAY OR MONDAY. I’M BLAYNE ALEXANDER IN WASHINGTON, NOW BACK TO YOU.

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