I want to provide an update on the deadly and devastating tornadoes that have moved across several states, in the central United States, including touching down across 227 miles of Kentucky alone. I’m monitoring the situation very closely, since early this morning. This is likely to be one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history. Earlier today, I called the governors of the states that have been experiencing severe impacts of the storms, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri as well as Tennessee. And I also spoke with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Jill and I pray, and I sincerely mean this, pray for those who’ve lost loved ones and for those who are uncertain of the fate of their loved ones, and the debris that you see scattered all over the hurricanes’ path. They lost their homes. They lost their businesses. And it’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy. And we still don’t know how many lives were lost or the full extent of the damage. But I want to emphasize what I told all the governors: The federal government will do everything, everything it can possibly do to help. I’ve spoken several times a day with the head of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management agency, as well as the director of FEMA, who has already been deployed — already deployed emergency response personnel to these states, search and rescue teams, water and other supplies. And FEMA is on the ground working with each of the states to assess the damages and focus on federal support where it is needed most and how we can get there most rapidly. I also approved the emergency declaration that was requested a couple of hours ago by Governor Beshear of Kentucky. That’s going to accelerate federal emergency assistance for Kentucky right now, when it’s urgently needed. And I stand ready to do the same for the governors of the other states.
Source: The New York Times