Biden mentioned individually that the Pentagon was helping with ongoing firefighting operations in California in opposition to the Caldor fireplace.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards prompt Biden’s Friday go to could be essential for the president to grasp the destruction by seeing the widespread harm for himself.
“There’s nothing fairly like visiting in individual,” Edwards informed reporters Wednesday following a briefing with native elected officers in Jefferson Parish, which took direct blows from Ida. “Once you see it for your self, it’s simply a lot extra compelling.”
Requested what kind of help he deliberate to request from Biden, Edwards mentioned, “Fairly frankly, the record goes to be very, very lengthy.” However he mentioned a precedence could be for a housing program to assist folks rebuild.
The White Home says Biden has been getting common updates on the storm and its aftermath. He has held a number of convention calls with governors and native officers to debate preparations and desires after the storm, and has obtained briefings from FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.
FEMA had despatched tons of provides, together with turbines, tarps and different supplies to the area earlier than the storm, and federal response groups are engaged on search and rescue.
Authorities blame the storm for a minimum of seven deaths.