Fwd: Partners and Louisiana flooding update; pool #4

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From: "Harris, Gardiner" >
Date: August 17, 2016 at 1:50:19 PM EDT
To: "Velz, Peter T. EOP" >
Subject: Partners and Louisiana flooding update; pool #4

The president is continuing his ongoing golfing grudge match with Marty Nesbitt and Alonzo Mourning, and Cy Walker is along today as well. Your pool is holding in a bus parked at the entrance to the club. Below is an update on Louisiana flooding:

From Deputy Press Secretary Jen Friedman:

This morning, the President spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who traveled to Louisiana yesterday, to receive an update on the response to ongoing flooding in the state.  In the latest of a series of updates the President has been receiving since the weekend, Administrator Fugate briefed the President on the resources that have been provided to support the response and recovery, including federal assistance available to individuals who have been impacted and FEMA Corps volunteers.  The President directed Administrator Fugate to utilize all resources available to assist in the response and recovery and asked to be regularly briefed on the ongoing response.  In addition, DHS Secretary Johnson will visit the impacted region on Thursday to review the ongoing response.

Earlier this week, the President spoke with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to let him know that he had approved a Major Disaster Declaration for affected parishes in Louisiana.  FEMA has been on the ground in the region since before the flooding began and continues to mobilize across the state to respond to emergency needs and to assist with recovery including getting people into temporary housing.  Already more than 70,000 people have registered for individual assistance under the federal disaster declaration and over 9,000 have filed flood insurance claims.

Gardiner Harris
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