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Media Advisory No. Pending
Contact: USDA Office of Communications: 202-720-4623
Contact: DHS Press Office: 202-282-8010
DHS Secretary Napolitano, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, FEMA Administrator Fugate to Travel TODAY to States Affected by Hurricane Irene
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2011 — TODAY, Obama Administration officials will travel to Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia to survey ongoing recovery and response efforts on the ground following Hurricane Irene and meet with local officials. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit North Carolina and Virginia. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate will travel to Vermont. FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino will stop in Hartford, Connecticut.
Secretaries Napolitano and Vilsack will visit Elizabeth City, N.C. to survey crop damage during an aerial tour of Tyrrell County, receive a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and participate in a media availability. Later, Secretaries Napolitano and Vilsack will travel to Richmond, Va. to visit the Commonwealth’s EOC and meet with local officials, first responders, and volunteers to reaffirm the federal government’s continued commitment to working with our state, local and community partners and help the communities and individuals affected by Hurricane Irene to rebuild and recover. While in Richmond they will join local officials for a media availability.
FEMA Administrator Fugate will join Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch in Burlington, Vt. for a tour of the storm damaged areas of the state via helicopter, and to meet with additional state and local officials working on the response and recovery efforts. Afterwards FEMA Administrator Fugate will join the group for a media availability at the Burlington International Airport.
FEMA Deputy Administrator Serino will travel to Hartford, Connecticut today to meet with state and local officials and assess damages, and later plans to travel to New Jersey. Additional details on Serino’s trip will be released as they become available.
Tuesday, Aug. 30
1:30 PM EDT DHS Secretary Napolitano and USDA Secretary Vilsack will participate in a media availability
Dare County Administration Building
Board of Commissioners Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
4 PM EDT FEMA Administrator Fugate will join Governor Shumlin and other officials for a media availability
Burlington International Airport
Ste 1, 1200 Airport Drive
4: 15 PM EDT DHS Secretary Napolitano and USDA Secretary Vilsack will participate in a media availability
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
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