The White House said in a release that Joe Biden ordered federal assistance to back up state, local and tribal response efforts to the conditions that have resulted from the storm since Wednesday.
The release states that the declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the effects on the local population.
FEMA will also be able to provide assistance to save lives and protect property, public health and safety and to lower the threat of “catastrophe” in all counties in the state. FEMA will identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources necessary to respond to the storm’s impacts, according to the release.
On Friday, Joe Biden declared a major disaster for the Seminole Tribe of Florida (an indigenous people of this northern nation) and ordered federal funding for the affected people and their associated lands.
Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to aid individuals and business owners.
The United States is still reeling from the now post-tropical cyclone surge, which moved through Florida on Wednesday and made its second northern landfall in South Carolina on Friday, leaving ruined buildings, houses without roofs, collapsed roads, flooded areas, power outages and the tragedy of the death of at least 45 people, according to a CNN´s count.