FEMA approves Gov. Haley's request for emergency declaration - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

FEMA approves Gov. Haley's request for emergency declaration

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's request for a federal declaration of emergency.

The request, made Wednesday morning, was a preemptive measure to support state and county operations during the winter storm, Haley's office said. 

"Direct Federal Assistance is needed to meet critical emergency protection requirements that are beyond the capability of the state and affected local governments before arrival of the state's most deleterious effect," wrote Haley in a letter to President Obama. "The State of South Carolina continues to recover from the adverse effects of the severe storms which severely impacted the State in January 2014."

"To date, the State expended over $2 million in response to that event," continued Haley. "That January 2014 event impacted the majority of the counties in the State, just as the current event is impacting."

The declaration, which went into effect Wednesday, provides flexibility to the state to request commodities and personnel augmentation, such as generators, bottled water, meals ready to eat, and support teams. 

The federal government will cover 75 percent of the cost and the state would be responsible for the remaining 25 percent.

Haley updated the media on the state's response to the storm just before noon Wednesday.

"We are now in the brunt of the storm," she said at a news conference.  "We are starting to see what we've been waiting on. It's going to be worse than the ice storm we had in 2004.   The wind is what's causing us a lot of problems."

"Please hunker down," she said. "Stay home.  This is not the time to get out. This has turned into a major ice event. The wind has made it worse, but South Carolina is ready."

Haley said 1500 Department of Transportation employees have been distributing 4400 tons of salt.  She said the state should have enough salt to last through Thursday, when the storm is expected to subside.

According to the governor, 254 highway patrol officers are working 12-hour shifts.  One officer was involved in a crash on Interstate 95.

"Our agencies are working well with each other," said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr. with the SC National Guard. "We have a significant capacity in reserve.  It will get worse as the day goes on."

"The good thing is, South Carolinians listen," Haley said. "We are not seeing a lot of people on the roads, which is great. This is all about safety.  This is about keeping people safe and all of our first responders safe."

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:56 AM EST2018-02-25 09:56:27 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>
  • NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:36 AM EST2018-02-24 09:36:41 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:56 AM EST2018-02-25 09:56:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    More >>

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    More >>
  • 2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US

    2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 3:36 AM EST2018-02-25 08:36:35 GMT

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    More >>

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly