‘Storm effect will be prolonged’: Kevin McAleenan on Hurricane Dorian

‘Storm effect will be prolonged’: Kevin McAleenan on Hurricane Dorian
‘Storm effect will be prolonged’: Kevin McAleenan on Hurricane Dorian
Just a short time ago, we stopped by the national response coordination center located inside FEMA headquarters. Here in Washington, I spoke with acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin mcaleenan, and I began by asking him what the forecast track showing right for the latest forecast that the storm is hitting the northern islands of the Bahamas right now, they’re starting to experience, hurricane-force winds, it will Go across the northern islands of the Bahamas and then we expect it to stall out most model show it’s pulling out about 60 miles offshore, I’m not making landfall, but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. In fact, we expect hurricane force winds to potentially hit the coast of Florida and then a prolonged rain event combined with storm surge. It’S going to be very difficult, as the storm starts in northward, most likely off the coast of Florida and tore Georgia and South Carolina North Carolina South Carolina Florida and moving slowly North, that that means the storm affecting we prolong on the coastline event, storm surge and Hurricane-Force winds potentially Burns that people will just stay in their homes. They won’t get out of their homes, they won’t do if they won’t take precaution. We want people to listen to the state and local emergency managers. Listen to the evacuation orders make sure you’re prepared. You have seven days of supplies: medicine, food, even pet food – really be thinking about all those things that you might need for a prolonged event. So we want people to listen to State locals and be very aggressive in and watching the storm coming here this morning. What are you tell him? What are you doing here in the center today? Will so we’ve had lots of time to prepare for the length of it of the storm is approaching the American Coastline? So we’re going to have all of the elements of the defense secretary is going to make sure that were on the same page and they’re, going to be ready graduations in those areas decision on mandatory evacuations. But but yes is the strongest closer. There will be counties and will likely face a mandatory order, there’s already some that are under voluntary evacuation orders. Now, as we all know, in 2017, for the handling of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, can you guarantee that your agency is prepared for the store? Our federal partners are doing everything they can to support our state and local partners that manage and execute the emergency response? We haven’t had a lot of time for pre-positioned my resources and assets. Urban search-and-rescue teams are Incident Management, distance teams in Florida and Georgia and we’re still assessing the damage in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands that’s better than originally anticipated obviously., But guess what we are fully prepared and ready at the fourth estate logos to respond to the Storm Christ, through this facility acting FEMA administrator, told Congress back in June that the agency was struggling to ensure that it had enough disaster responders in reserve and was down about a thousand employees. Has that been fixed 3000 people already deployed across the federal government agencies for the storm employees, again those Urban search-and-rescue teams and and I’m at Zoar Rd and placed. But we got a very experienced emergency response to leadership team Kathy, ministrator, PGA tour with Jeff byard overseeing off these guys have done it at the state and local level to done it at the federal level. Is a battle-hardened team right behind me? Hear the nrcc who’s dealt with the storms in 17 and 18., So we were ready making landfall, but there’s sustained winds, there’s rain. What are the concerns about the power grid in the right areas? Arrival lines with? What’S called the king Tides by one of the times of the year when it has the highest and in the southeastern United States, so that means the storm surge and some of the coastal flooding could be more significant. Now, that’s something we’re watching, closing and worried about Alberta prolong., Where there’s a raining. What is a window vent and storm surge combined could have really complicated out results after some of the coastal County from Florida up to South Carolina 155 million dollars from FEMA disaster relief fund to ice Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that your letter to Congress said that quote Absent significant new, catastrophic events, the fun would still have enough money to operate. Doesn’T hurricane Dorian qualifies one of those potential catastrophic respond to this storm or any other storms in the rest of the hurricane season? They’Re two different elements of the Disaster Recovery Fund. The major disaster fund has 25 billion dollars in it. So hundred fifty-five million dollar transfer from the basement is not going to affect our ability to two on the recover from a major disaster of the hurricane season. Republican senator Shelley Moore turn about transferring that money to. Why do this? Now, even though you say it will be in somewhat delayed the start of hurricane season, that’s what this funding from Congress in the emergency supplemental. Are we needed that funding for immigration, Customs Enforcement to respond to the ongoing humanitarian border security crisis at the border that Congress didn’t see fit to provide that funding? So we have to look at it at department. Stores across would have a limited impact, full support. The ongoing management that crisis as well – No, it started with a traffics group that is unusual. What’S your take on? What’S happened there, so I don’t want to jump to any conclusions on this event. We’Re monitoring closely the reports, the investigative follow-up from the state local, along with the FBI, but it’s just really concerning. I have to have that level that length of an event to have that many people not injured and M5 killed at this point it it’s it’s devastating and it seems printer miles from El Paso into the region. That’S that’s really felt impact recent weeks and we’re very concerned about all the following up aggressively. Should we consider these shootings a homeland security threat, INR counterterrorism, strategy and approach? Domestic terrorism has taken a big Frontline Focus for us and since April, when I become acting secretary, we set up a new office targeted violence and terrorism prevention, with an explicit focus and balance on domestic terrorism, including racially-motivated, violent extremism with machine much too much of in Recent weeks and months to fighting this kind of crime, these mass shootings kind of prime lacrosse out of DHS components, u.s. Secret Service Nashville for the assessment center and cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency. I have an interagency team with the FBI with the Office of Management and budget. I have to see what the right resource level is going forward to make sure that we can continue our very strong focus on the international terrorism threat in the prevention level. Be the chief, but also make sure, were bouncing that out with effective efforts on the terrorism as well. 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Martha Raddatz interviews acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on “This Week.”

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