Trump approves Louisiana emergency declaration

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Harvey blasted ashore as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday night, making landfall just north of Corpus Christi before quickly being downgraded to a tropical storm. In Louisiana, rain bands from the storm are spreading to southwestern parts of the state and will continue for several more days. President Bill Clinton's response to the terrorist attack in Oklahoma City proved a pivotal moment in his troubled first term, as he rallied the country after the bombing that left 168 persons dead at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Long is widely respected in his field and has been working in emergency management for decades.

"To the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are 100 percent with you", Trump said in his opening statement at a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. "He's had state director experience; he's had FEMA experience".

Brown, the hapless administrator of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, only made things worse.

More information about the governor's request can be found online.

Presently, FEMA, as well as other federal agencies, are most focused on immediate response to the storm. "He went on to be the emergency manager in Alabama", Brown said. Long was confirmed as President Donald Trump's choice to lead FEMA in June.

What did Long do before this?

Prior to that he was a FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager from 2001 to 2006.

Emergency managers who have worked for Democratic and Republican administrations alike have praised Long as highly capable.

The president says he's happy with how officials are responding. "He has the respect of the people who do this every day, which is vitally important". "We're thinking and planning for recovery". "We have not seen a devastating natural disaster in some time".

What is Long saying about the current storm?

He told reporters, "This is a life safety, life sustaining mission".

Brock said authorities were anticipating that some 30,000 people would be placed in temporary shelters due to the flooding.

Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper over the weekend whether FEMA was prepared to be in parts of Texas "for months", Long replied that "FEMA's going to be there for years". "We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years, from now as: This is the way to do it".

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