President Trump approves federal disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Isaias landfall

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday that President Donald Trump has approved his request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the counties in Hurricane Isaias’s path.

“We just got word this morning that that has been approved and will contain reimbursement for direct federal assistance as well as all the mass care,” DeSantis said. “So, the feeding and sheltering will be eligible for federal reimbursement through FEMA which we very much appreciate.”

The federal help comes as Hurricane Isaias continues its path toward Florida’s east coast, where it is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane as early as Saturday night.

DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for every coastal county on Florida’s east coast from Miami-Dade to Nassau County. Overnight, a dozen more counties declared local state of emergencies.

Those counties include Palm Beach, Monroe, Volusia, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Glades and Flagler.

In response to potential COVID-19 challenges, DeSantis said the Department of Emergency Management has sent 25 shelters kits with personal protective equipment to counties inside of the storm’s path. Each kit, he said, contains enough PPE for 400 people for 96 hours.

“We can send more if necessary,” he…

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