President Joe Biden (center) takes part in a meeting with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell (center left) and Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall (center right) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House (Picture: Getty Images)
President Joe Biden has promised to ‘bring every resource’ to manage what is expected to be a busy hurricane and storm season.
Biden on Tuesday afternoon met with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell, homeland security adviser and deputy national security adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and other officials about disaster preparedness. The meeting came as experts predict a busy Atlantic hurricane season and the western US faced extremely high temperatures.
‘We’re going to bring every resource to bear,’ Biden said at the beginning of the meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. ‘I insist on being ready for whatever comes our way.’
Biden pointed to several recent extreme weather events in stressing the importance of being prepared. Over the weekend, Tropical Storm Claudette killed more than a dozen people in Alabama, and a tornado wrecked havoc on Chicago’s western suburbs.
‘The last few days, we’ve seen droughts and wildfire in the West. We’ve seen tornadoes in Illinois, flooding in the South and Mid-Atlantic,’ Biden said. ‘Extreme weather doesn’t confine itself, as you all know, to state lines. These crises require proactive federal response. It’s not just the states.’
Biden said he will host a meeting with governors in the western states that have been grappling with intense heat, wildfires and a drought.
The president commended Criswell for helping with the administration’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign, the largest in the country’s history, and turned the attention to threats from mother nature.
‘Now we have to respond to brutal storms, and more severe storms and fires, and they extend into longer seasons every year,’ Biden said.
Forecasters have predicted a busy hurricane season around the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico but say it may not be as severe as 2020 was.
‘We’re in for a tough season,’ Biden stated, ‘But I think we’ve got to be prepared and have every resource available to make sure we’re there for the American people.’
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