WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump granted Virginia the requested federal emergency declaration, opening the door for FEMA to help the state.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said, “It’s not FEMA coming in and controlling everything, it really is still the responsibility of the local and the state to be that first line of defense.”
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) said, “FEMA has a track record over the years, when I worked with them as governor, they manage well in these situations. They got a lot of grief last year for the way they handled Puerto Rico, I hope theres some lessons learned from that.”
The two senators joined the rest of the state's Congressional delegation in requesting the emergency declaration.
The senators also stressed the importance of taking the storm, and warnings surrounding it, seriously.
Kaine said, “This isn’t a joke.”
Warner said, “This is going to be an extraordinarily major storm.”