tv FEMA Briefing on Hurricane Florence CSPAN September 13, 2018 1:36pm-1:54pm EDT
>> taking another break here in this meeting on the documents request for the presidents meeting with russian president vladimir putin. while we are on this break, we're expected to be 20 minutes or so. we take a look at earlier this morning about 9:30 eastern, female administrator rock long gave an update on the preparation for hurricane florence, preparing it to hurricane hugo and floyd from the 1990s. we heard from officials with epa, army corps of engineers and national oceanic and atmospheric administration. >> good morning. i appreciate everybody being here, appreciate the job the
media has been doing to get this message out to our citizens but before we get started on floyd, i'm aware of a recent article in regards to an ongoing investigation in regards to fema vehicle usage. every day we work closely with the oig and gao to make sure we are running programs and policies according to regulation and bottom line is we will continue to fully cooperatewith any investigation that goes on . and on updating the space and pushing forward and keep going, keep moving on but regardless of an article, right now i am 100 percent focused on floyd and that's what our attention needs to be from the standpoint of lifesaving missions so with that we will invite in our federal partners . >>. [inaudible] we're going to get to floyd or florence, excuse me. we're going to push forward and concentrate on the life safety issues .
all right. all right. so in regards to florence. just because the wind speeds came down, the intensity of the storm came down to a cat 2, don't let your guard down. the forecast has not changed. it has remained the same, here's why. as the system is encroaching on the coast, the wind has expanded so what you're going to see in a matter of hours is these wind bands that far precede the center of circulation will start pushing water against the coast but more importantly, up the back bay and inlet areas. norm search is not a problem just along the coastline, is
going to be a major problem into the streams and tributaries that come out of sound areas that push up into the sound like the pamlico sound. storm surges, many of you have been placed under evacuation. we are asking citizens to heat a warning. your time is running out. the ocean is going to start rising along the coast and in the back bay and inland areas within a matter of hours. your time to get out of those areas is coming to a close. i cannot emphasize that enough. with that, the other thing that's going to happen is not only are we going to see i wins, 110 mile-per-hour sustained winds coming on the coast, the wind field is large. there are hurricane force winds extend far out from the center of circulation that will not only inundate the coast but you will see i in land wins as this dorm comes in and pushes into the coast. coupled with that is copious amounts of rainfall as the
system calls a lot of moisture out of the ocean. you're already seeing ran bands come along the shoreline and unfortunately these rain bands are going to be with us for several days. we're going to, forecasters are basically indicating feet of rain, not inches and portions of the carolinas and into virginia so this is a very dangerous storm. in land flooding kills a lot of people and that's what we're about to see so keep that in mind. the other thing is that i want everybody to know that fema and our federal partners are fully repositioned in support of our state and local partners. we are here to help our governors achieve their response and recovery goals, emergency management is a team sport area is a whole community effort. as this system pushes through, we are focused largely on life safety, supporting evacuation
movements, supporting mass care. as the system pushes through, tarts to exit the carolinas and virginia's and the threat ceases, we are going to be focused on stabilizing what we call community lifelines. we've got to quickly understand the damage has been done that transportation systems, communications systems, power systems and we are positioning and have been positioned for multiple days to get those critical lifelines back up and stable as quickly as we can but let me set the expectations. this is a very dangerous storm. we call them disasters because they break things. theinfrastructure is going to break, the power could go out for a number of days for many weeks , it's hard to say at this point so not only that but many of you who've evacuated from the carolina coastline are going to be displaced for a while, particularly where the areas receive the highestamounts of storm surge . we need people to get their mindset right that disasters
are very frustrating and they take time to get the infrastructure back up and running but we are going to do everything we can to push forward as quickly as we can to get things back up and running along with our state partners who own a large portion of the critical infrastructure that's going to be impacted so with that,i want to quickly turn it over to our partners , doctor neil jacobson and steve goldstein. >> good morning. florence is a category two hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. it is moving northwest and is presently centered 170 miles southeast of wilmington north carolina and 220 miles east of myrtle beach. florence is a very large hurricane. hurricane force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center and tropical storm
force winds extend nearly 200 miles out from the center. florence is forecast to slow down as it approaches the coast , so even today as we see outer rain bands from florence moving to the outer banks of north carolina, landfall is not expected for another 36 hours, sometime friday afternoon, friday evening or early saturday morning. this slow-moving, large hurricane will bring a long-term extreme rain, storm surge and hurricane force wind threat to eastern north carolina and south carolina into the weekend. in north carolina we are particularly concerned about the pamlico sound and pamlico river where 9 to 12 feet of storm surge our forecast and the beaches from the outer banks to the wilmington area, six to nine feet of storm surge our forecast over several astronomical high tide cycles. as far as rainfall, we are still forecasting 20 to 30 inches, possibly 40 inches or
more in eastern north carolina and northeastern south carolina. in addition to all of that, there's a tornado watch in effect for eastern north carolina today and tomorrow. the next advisory from the national hurricane center will be issued at 11:00 eastern time. >> i'd like to take an opportunity to emphasize the expanse of this storm. the tropical storm force winds extend out 200 miles and hurricane force winds extend out 80. this is a large storm and when itslows down , what will you will see is expensive when the along the coast in the form of a storm surge but in addition, there's going to be a tremendous amount of rain and as the storm lows down, there's going to be lots of flooding and with that combined with an onshore flow, it's going to be hard for the water to evacuate so you will see a tremendous amount of land flooding. i'd like to thank the noaa
forecasters and in addition to that i'd like to thank the air force for providing reconnaissance flights as well. >> next, we have our partners with the american red cross, charlie english give us an update . >> thank you administrator long and we appreciate your leadership and your inclusiveness of our faith-based and private nonprofit partners sothank you very much for that . the red cross and other private nonprofits continue to push resources into theater of operations in the atlantic area. i like this a little expectations that the public has not experienced
from florence we are working with the armies installation management command to ensure the dams on fort bragg north carolina for jackson south carolina, any effects of florence are mitigated. in terms of navigation where closely working with our partners from noaa and u.s. coast guard and prepared to rapidly open federal channels, other navigation. and finally in flood response we are integrated state and local county governments to provide assistance and flood fighting both before the storm and after. thank you. >> thank you. next up are partners of the coast guard rear admiral. >> the safety of the people in hurricane florence path of the own coast guard men and women
and the film is our top priority and were looking close concert with fema and other federal, state and local partners in preparing for this storm. in preparation for the storm we've taken the following actions. the ports of wilmington and morehead city north carolina as was the entrants to the chesapeake bay have been closed and in preparation also for the storm we pre-staged shallow water response boats as well as bring an additional search and rescue aircraft and air station savannah georgia and we moved aircraft out of the air station to be ready to come in behind the storm as it has it is safe to fly those missions. coast guard is pre-staging of the deployable specialized forces with additional law enforcement, security and oil and hazardous materials response resources to be ready and all coast guard small boat and cutter could be outside the store the right to move in as soon as it is safe to do so. for those in the path of the storm we urge you to do the following. stay off the water.
coast guard search and rescue resources will be to greater or unavailable before, during, and after the storm. when member social media is a great way to stay informed but please don't use social media in order to call for help. please call 9/11 or channel 16 to reach out to get help. once the storm has passed the areas will still be hazardous so please stay in a safe location will coast guard and other partners assess the damage and will let you know when it's safe to do so. thank you. >> next up we have the office of disability integration coordination. it's important for fema to help our partners to everything that we can to renew ties limit social access needs that we cannot only during the response phase but also after the recovery phase. so linda, please, would you say if you weren't. >> thank you. good morning eric as the disbelief or nato and the direct of the office of disability integration and coordination our responsibility is to ensure that
our programs and services are available to an accessible to people with disabilities before, during, and after disasters. and in terms of lawrence when working with our partners at the state and local levels, territorial and tribal level with our federal partners and agencies like the red cross and hh as to ensure people with disabilities have what they need during evacuation, during sheltering, pre- and post-landfall. part of our coordination efforts are to ensure that we are in close communication with our state and local partners to ensure that any unmet needs that people with disabilities have during evacuation or sheltering and entrants of response and recovery are met and will continue to closely coordinate with our state and local and federal partners to ensure the people to dispose or by the storm have the need to safely evacuate, that they have with the need in the shelters and that they can effectively
respond to and recover from the effects of the disaster. >> appreciate that. finally or next up, environmental protection agency. >> thank you, administered alone and good morning. i'm the director of the office of management. epa is the lead federal agency or in land releases of oil and hazardous substances through emergency support function ten under the national response framework. in addition to request assistance from our states, tribes and local government, partners, some the things epa is currently doing prior to hurricane florence is to determine the status of preparation at chemical, oil, and production facilities that may be in the path of the storm and identify any releases and discharges of hazardous substances or oil caused by the storm. the agency has a different sites under the risk management program and the plan for oil
that may be in the concurrent projected path of hurricane were trying to assess any pre-landfall concerns. in addition when working with the states, tribes and local governments to try to identify drinking water and wastewater, infrastructure that may be in the current path of the storm. epa has issued four fuel waivers in north carolina, south carolina, georgia and virginia. the purpose of the waivers is to help ensure that there's adequate fuel supply and gasoline in the affected areas until the normal supply to the region can be restored. currently epa -- >> will leave this but you can find find it online at online at c-. take your life back to the house foreign affairs committee meeting to consider legislation requesting a the widest secrety of state turn over documents and records on the meeting that president trump held with russian president vladimir putin.