U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

Serving Florida

Rubio and Nelson urge Trump to grant pre-landfall emergency declaration for Hurricane Irma

By Sarah Rumpf, Orlando Political Observer
Sep 5, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approached North America, Florida’s Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson sent a letter on Tuesday to President Donald Trump urging him to approve Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the State of Florida. Earlier today, Scott issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in all of Florida’s 67 counties to prepare for the storm.

Hurricane Irma is currently graded as a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category, and is expected to cause serious damage wherever it makes landfall. Due to the storm’s size and severity, it is highly likely to have a major impact on Florida, regardless of the path it eventually takes.

“As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will heavily impact Florida communities, and we urge you to immediately approve this request to ensure that full federal resources are made available,” wrote Rubio and Nelson. “While the storm is not predicted to make landfall until later this week, the state and federal government must work together in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we recently witnessed with Hurricane Harvey, preparation and up-front resources are paramount.”

The full text of the Senators’ letter:

September 5, 2017

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write in full support of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the state of Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will heavily impact Florida communities, and we urge you to immediately approve this request to ensure that full federal resources are made available.

Hurricane Irma has been classified as a category five hurricane, and is projected to cause incredible devastation to Florida and portions of the Caribbean. While the storm is not predicted to make landfall until later this week, the state and federal government must work together in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we recently witnessed with Hurricane Harvey, preparation and up-front resources are paramount.

We strongly urge you to consider all of the circumstances referenced in Governor Scott’s request and approve this pre-landfall emergency declaration that will provide the resources necessary to ensure the safety of Floridians.