Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Blunt urges White House to issue federal disaster declaration for tornado-stricken communities

Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt issued this news release following his tours of tornado-damaged southwest Missouri communities Monday:

"The devastation and destruction caused by the tornadoes that hit Southwest Missouri this past weekend is almost incomprehensible. Just as we have in the past, families, businesses and entire towns will come together to begin the difficult and painful process of healing, mourning the 16 lost lives and beginning the long process of rebuilding. And I stand ready to help our region get back on its feet in whatever way I can.

Added Blunt: "Given the magnitude of the damage, I expect the federal government to quickly issue a disaster declaration – and I’m glad that FEMA is already on the ground providing assistance. Traveling with SBA Regional Administrator Sam Jones today, I have been assured that the SBA is moving quickly, offering much-needed help to get our local businesses up and running again."

Blunt has been in contact with the White House urging them to quickly consider issuing a federal disaster declaration.

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