Nathan Deal thanks Donald Trump after feds approve disaster aid for Georgia storms

A rescue worker searches inside a mobile home Monday in Albany. (Credit: Branden Camp / Associated Press)

A rescue worker searches inside a mobile home Monday in Albany. (Credit: Branden Camp / Associated Press)

Adel – The federal government has approved an emergency request for federal aid for the first of a wave of storms that devastated vast parts of  south Georgia, according to Gov. Nathan Deal.

Deal said in a tweet Wednesday that he thanked President Donald Trump after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state’s request for aid and individual assistance for the Jan. 2 tornado that struck Albany, leaving behind $50 million in damage.

FEMA’s decision frees up more funding and resources for the storm-ravaged area, and it comes after south Georgia officials and residents implored the federal government for more help with the recovery from that storm and another wave over the weekend that killed 15 in Georgia and five more across the region.

Deal’s office sent the tweet as he toured storm-damaged areas in Albany and Adel. He said he’s confident that a second request to FEMA for damage from the deadly storm that struck over the weekend “will be granted and approved very quickly.”

Meanwhile, Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday shifted $5 million in additional cash to Deal’s emergency fund and the governor has declared 16 counties in a state of emergency. More than 250 state employees are working to clear debris, provide shelter and disaster relief.


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Neil Mutchler Ibarra
Neil Mutchler Ibarra

#BoycottFalcons Stand with Christians and others and boycott the Falcons due to their negatively influential impact on the religious liberties bill which ended up being vetoed by our spineless governor as a large result of the Atlanta pro teams, Hollyweird industry, and a few other big business threats. When you watch it, wear their merchandise, buy the tickets, you are financing the ________ (fill in the blank). I mean really, should a business/business person not be able to decide upon whom they are going to potentially provide goods/services. Why is it right to force businesses to do anything. The people should be able to decide it via spending habits. Make good spending choices and finance someone like minded instead of lefty, progressive socialism.

Michelle Beasley
Michelle Beasley

Poor Nathan...keep it up and you might get a job with Twitler. Not.

Diane Dobranski Self
Diane Dobranski Self

How was he shamed into it ? Do you realize that the request for Federal aid from the storms on January 2nd sat on the President's desk from January 3rd until it was signed on the 24th ? 21 days. The request for Federal aid from the Tornadoes on the 21st and 22nd was summited on the 23rd and signed on the 24th passed on the 25th. Why ? Why are you blaming Trump ? Obama dropped that ball.

Diane Dobranski Self
Diane Dobranski Self

Sam Nicolas. Career welfare is totally different. I see you live in Georgia also. You should pray and Thank God the Tornadoes missed you. You're a Miserable human being.

Heather Yaughn
Heather Yaughn

Under Obama on April 27, 2011 LaGrange it took FEMA officials 7 days from indicent to come to survey. Red Cross and our community /churches helped the most.

Christopher Erik Powell
Christopher Erik Powell

Brian Breese, You realize Trump wasn't President until Jan 20th right? So Obama had the request for 17 days (Starting Jan 3), while Trump approved it in 4 (Jan 24th). Then the second request (Jan 23rd) was signed on the 24th as well. Nice try though.

Diane Dobranski Self
Diane Dobranski Self

Heather great ! He dropped the people of Albany on this one that hit on January 2nd. But Trump took care of it for him. And FEMA was out here on the 23rd accessing the 21st and 22nd tornadoes.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Well...I thought Trumpers don't like welfare. Oh...that's right!! They don't think FEMA is welfare.....newsflash...it is. Why didn't these people save money for storms, why were they living in trailers? Why can't their insurance pay?? Something about "pulling up bootstraps". Sounds like the questions that Trumperristians have when justifying their hate of poor people.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

If a tornado hits my house, I won't need FEMA. I'm one of those'elites' who watch tens of thousands of dollars shaved off my taxes every year so that Red voting welfare recipients can continue to vote against their own interests. How about ignorant people stop being hypocrites and than victims when it's convenient. Stop distinguishing between career welfare and welfare. They are poor, in trailer parks in one the poorest GA cities....they ARE career welfare.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

If a tornado hits my house, I won't need FEMA. I'm one of those'elites' who watch tens of thousands of dollars shaved off my taxes every year so that Red voting welfare recipients can continue to vote against their own interests. How about ignorant people stop being hypocrites and than victims when it's convenient? Stop distinguishing between career welfare and welfare. It's all welfare. They are poor, in trailer parks in one the poorest GA cities....they ARE career welfare.

Diane Dobranski Self
Diane Dobranski Self

Shows how down right stupid you are. The Tornadoes didn't just hit poor people. Not All the people living there were on welfare either Dumbass. But according to you everyone in the path is. Please go ask the owners of Nilo Plantation how much they get lol. Your stupidity amazes me. How do you function on your own ?

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

After he was shamed into doing something