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tv   Craig Melvin Reports  MSNBC  June 30, 2021 8:00am-9:00am PDT

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expect to come tomorrow, but the latest on what is happening in surfside, florida, as well. picking up our coverage with kris jansing right now. soon we'll here from president biden who is talking with governors and the focus is on the amendment treatment heat, drought, and wild fire threats. in just about 30 minutes we'll have a update on surfside florida. no one has been pulled out alive since thursday. we will go live to that press briefing when it starts. but first, to that breaking news, the trump organization
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expects to face charges. two representatives tell nbc news it could come as early as tomorrow afternoon. we're reporting the story as we speak. at this point it's not clear who might be charged or exactly what the charges are going to be. i want to bring in nbc investigative correspondent tom winter and farmer u.s. attorney barbara mcquaid. tom, walk us through what we know and what we don't know about what will happen tomorrow. >> first, the timing, chris nap is what we know most about it. as you said according to two representatives, to our colleagues, they say they expect the timing to be about 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. that's what we know. we don't have details on whether or not there will be a press briefing. but in the past, and we have every indication this is
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ongoing, he is issuing a three-word statement. after the supreme court ruled in his favor, he said the investigation continues. so i don't anticipate from this point that we're hearing from him tomorrow. we're told that we should have a statement from the trump organization here shortly and we'll bring that to you. at first, and early on in this, we believed that the trump organization was going to be charged and that would finally britney brittany the be the corner tone of the president's reputation, and see where the investigation goes from there. we'll have to watch for collateral damage tomorrow. what i mean by that, chris, is essentially what will happen to the trump organization if they are called a criminal entity?
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will banks pull loans? what impact will it have on the trump employees, golf courses, private holdings, so a lot of big questions coming tomorrow. not just what charges will be, but everything. >> everyone is looking for a name. at the top of the list, particularly for a lot of democrats is trump. we heard a lot about the cfo. what, if there is an individual name, does he seem to be the most likely. and what, if anything, do we know about attempts to get him to cooperate? >> i think there has been significant attempts to see if he would like to scoop rate. he spoke to a number of people last hour. hallie jackson spoke with his former daughter-in-law.
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so we know that investigators have been poking around them for a long time. a few months ago they made it clear that benefits that the weisselberg's were not accounted for. they thought if they were going to willfully cooperate they would have heard about that now. the fact that they might be charged tomorrow. they might be contained in potential charging documenting. that indicates that that is happening for the moment. the trump organization can no longer afford to pay it's employees. that goes back to the point that i was making. there's a lot of things that will happen after these charges dropped to indicate where things go from here. >> barbara, my colleague spoke just last hour with the trump
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organization, and they asked her what role former president trump plays in all of this. i wanted to look at what she had to say. >> do you believe the former president himself has any liability? >> absolutely, absolutely. >> for the indictment. >> against him? >> yes. >> do you agree with jen weisselberg there? >> i think we don't know yet. one of the things that would be essential to charging a crime. that seems like something that we might find out down the road, but at this point we don't have that information. that's why the cooperation of allen weisselberg seems so important. when they threaten charges they
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have to show that they mean it. it making some sense to me. they say it is easy to be tough, charges are nearly a possibility, and once you see your name listed as an indictment, but it seems like someone in a position to tell prosecutors. and in light of all of the things, it seems like that's a very real possibility. >> you wrote in a recent op-ed. one of the things they said is that she expects that the grand jury will be seated for another six months, does that make sense to you? >> yeah, it happens in a often complex case. .
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going after the normal daily fruit. working your way up the chain in a general organization. following those charges, seeing if anyone is cooperating, and that could be others and leaders in the organization that want to mitigate the damage to the organization itself. because it is such a clothely held family. it is almost their alter ego. but they tend to hold back some of the smaller bights. they are using the fear to entice cooperation from trump, donald trump junior, or others.
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>> we also have our eyes this morning on surf fide florida as we enter day seven of serge as recue efforts. we're going to hear from officials there. crews pulled more than three million pounds of concrete from that site. antonia hylton is on the scene for us. what are some of the major unanswered questions that we might g answers to this morning. >> officials are on day seven, as you said, and it is the community and workers doing this work, right now there is a question between rescue and recovery. when you talk about rescue it means to first responders are operating on the assumption that there are people in there that are alive.
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and when you talk about recovery it means they're working under conditions that assume that people are dead. and that is a very different tone for officials to take. up until this point they have been committed to the idea that there is hope that miracles could still happy. they believe there are potential survivors that could be pulled out of the rubble, but frankly the conversations people are having here on the ground are starting to dip. people want answers and honesty at this stage. and these briefings, many of them have taken the same optimistic tone and people expect that to shift to a conversation about the magnitude of loss here. >> antonia, thank you so much. we're going to have that news
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conference for you. it is scheduled to start around 11:30. i will also talk to a structural engineer hired to look into this tragedy. and coming up, biden will talk about climate. this hour he is meeting with his cabinet, governors of western states and some business leaders to talk about how they're preparing for it. some have seen the dangerous combination. they said the california national guard deployed a month early tore fight several wildfires including a lava fire that pushed more than 13,000 acres since friday. the early explosion of fires are "an ominous harbinger of the coming fire season." they are tracking 48 large fires
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in 12 states ahead of today's event. nbc news learned that the white house will announce pay increases from $13 to $15 an hour. joining me now -- >> for supporting me, thank you, thank you. is this live? are we going to the president live here? okay, let's go live to listen to the president. god love ya. anyway, good to see you all, really, thank you. for years the president has received a briefing at the beginning of the hurricane season looking at the trends. when i received that preefing briefing this year i asked for a second briefing that does the same thing but now we're doing it about wildfire season.
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we know this is becoming a regular cycle. and we know it's getting worse. the threat of western wild fires is as severe this year aser. i want today convene these leaders, to make sure that we're doing everything and i mean it sincerely, to prepare for everything coming. the truth is we're playing catch up. this is an area that has been under resourced, but that will change if we have anything to do with it. we can't cut corners when it comes to managing our wildfires or supporting our wildfires. this believing will be an an july event to make sure that we're preventing fires.
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we're late in the game here remembering times of late, air full of smoke and ash. more than ten million acres burned, billions of dollars in economic damage. families that lost their homes and everything they owned. and too many lost lives. and this year we could see it be even tougher. in some places drought conditions are twice what they were last year. and right now we're seeing record heat in portland and across the west. this year, 21 large uncontained fires were burning. this year there are 36 that are uncontained and burning. there are about 9,000 firefighters across the region from california, new mexico, to nevada and it is only june.
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i know i'm preaching to the chi choir. i know you all know this. we're seeing fires with greater intensity that move with more speed, and last well beyond the traditional months of the fire season. and that is a problem for all of us. we need to coordinate a comprehensive response and all of the federal government working in close cooperation. we want to know what you, the states, the localities, and those in the government are facing in this danger. today we're taking critical
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steps to protect communities right away. first, we will make sure that we have enough firefighters on call whoa what are trained and we quipped for all of this fire season. the idea that -- anyway, we should pay them. last week i learned that some of our federal firefighters are being paid less than $13 an hour. come on, that's unacceptable to me. and i immediately directed my team to take action to fiction it. we're going to provide retention incentives. they are making at least $15 an hour. but, a one-time boost is not
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enough. they are taking incredible risk of running forward the fire. god made man, then he made a few firefighters, it's true. i spent my career with them. so we're going to work congress and i know you have been working hard on this to permanently get firefighters a better deal. including for their work-life balance. they are training and equipping national guard members to provide a surge of fire fighting capacity.
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it was at the funeral with the fire defendant getting clobbered. that is the reason i mentioned it. the firefighters are getting back to the job. traditionally it has been a seasonal job. because of climate change, and i hope you all know it, there is climate change, it's no longer a seasonal job. it is a year round mission. so we made sure seasonal firefighters can stay on the job as long as they're needed this year and for next year making more of those positions permanent positions. so when fires are not burning we have a coronavirus of
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experienced hands. reducing the risk of future fire and the future fire season. we're har innocencing new tools, and the large uncontrolled con confilgration. the national oceanic an atmospheric association has technology that can see new fires start while they're still small, even as small as the sides of your dining room table. similarly the department of energy has a sense of security cape thablt can denekt realtime that it might set off a blaze.
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i know that's not a full answer, but it real. we're also going to make sure that the people have the information to better protect themselves and their families from smoke and fire risks. this will include a new app from the epa. so individuals can easily access the latest information on air quality, smoke blums, and guidance. that's where the bipartisan infrastructure investment of about $50 billion by so-called -- anyway, the bill causing a little attention, will build resilience to extreme weather events like wildfires. and today i'm announcing a $37 million federal grant to sonoma county, california, in support
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of fire mitigation efforts. this is part of the big program building infrastructure communities. and because they know all too well the devastation brought by fires, they are the first to apply for the mitigation fund. i encourage more communities next year. they are risk amplifiers, it's a threat in and of itself. people are hurting. it is more dangerous for kids to play outside. roads are buckling under the heat. again, i need not tell all of you. we need people to check on their neighbors especially seniors that may need a helping hand. outdoor laborers like our construction workers need frequent water breaks and shade. i want to thank these provide
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resources and cooling centers for people to get releave. and to our utility leaders. we're ready to work with you to make sure that people have access to the power under the extreme demand conditions while continuing to advance our climate goals. i'm here to hear from each of you as to what the experience has been in your state and what we can do bet tore be helpful. this is an area where investing can bring valuable returns tomorrow. i will close by saying thank you to everyone from forest service, to the department of interior, fema, state, local, and tribal partners, and firefighters for
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all of your incredible work. i'm going to ask vice president harris to share a few words. >> first, i just want to thank the president for prioritizing this for his administration. this is a personal issue for me as a daughter of california and i say hello to my governor. i grew up with drought warnings. my brother-in-law is a california firefighter. as a senator i have visited the scene while the embers here still smoldering. and when i arrived there a whole community had been wiped out by the fire. the families still had not been let back in, but the only thing
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standing in that community were the chimneys. that looked like tombstone. they said if there are cars in the drive way that may be tragic because that means the folks didn't get out in time. we have so much work to do on in. my family home was under an evacuation order in los angeles. grab the things most available like family photographs, everything else doesn't matter. when i think about the challenges that we face as a nation i know they are real, i know we're in a different climate on every level than we were even two years ago and there is a lot of work to do. part of the leadership of this administration has been to recognize the federal government's hole has to be more than just putting out fires.
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we need to support our firefighters and invest in resilience, in adaptation, diverse if iing water policy in the way we think about storage. recycling, and all that we know is available to us to be smarter. in terms of the conservation of this diminishing and valuable resource. so i want to thank everyone for your leadership. you are all giving people a sense of confidence while trying to bring limited resources to what needs to be addressed in this growing threat of these wildfires, and the bottom line is that as the president as said, his bipartisan frame work for infrastructure will address a lot of these challenges but there is other work to be done. i look forward to staying in touch with all of you and thank you for your leadership. >> thank you, governor brown.
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if you are willing you could give us a overview of what the challenges are that you're facing and what you think we should be doing. >> the president and vice president on the looming threats of wildfires out west. we will keep listening to that and we will break in if we hear anything that we think you need to be caught up on. i want to bring in the democrat from colorado. thank you for sticking around with us. i want to tick through as much as we can. let's start with the suggestion that this could be an even worse year this year. you already had the worse year
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ever. you had mateble fires burning just in your district, tell me your concerns as you look ahead to this fire season. >> good morning, you're right, 2020 was a devastating year. we had the first and second larger fires in colorado history. i expect this year will be even worse with respect to wildfires across the west. we have seen this in different fires raging in different states. i could not agree more with the president in terms of the way that he articulated the challenge that we face and the need for us to make significant investments. i support whole heartedly his announcement with respect to increasing the pay for the federal fire fighting workforce. but i have employered them to take the steps today. the expansion of the national
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instant management. really, in the west. they have transitioned in the years. there is suppression and everything above. that is one of the reason that's we formed the wildfire caucus. it doesn't respect jurisdictional lines. and it is important for all policy makers to really step up and provide solutions for our community that's are hurting. >> i want to talk to you a little about the reports that there are just not enough firefighters. the president said he was surprised to learn that firefighters make under $13 an hour. we have people, i know you have be there.
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i have reported on this from the front lines. they work six months of the year and they have no income, no mental health resources, and they're making $13 an hour. this bump up that gets them to $15 an hour. i know you don't think is enough, but what will it take especially given the fact that if you're thinking about going into this or getting back into it, because the pay is better, you're looking at a challenge that, as we just laid out, is greater than they ever faced before potentially. >> yeah, i agree, it's outrageous. they are putting themselves on the line each and every day, sacrificing to ultimately protect our communities. they're woefully under paid. i think this step that the president has taken is an important one, but it has to be
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the first step and not the last step. we had been calling for a complete overall of the system. increased pay, increased benefits, obviously increasing the workforce so there is more availability. the intensity, and the reality that they're now extending throughout the year as opposed to a particular season. i chaired public lands. we're working on this in a bipartisan way. we hope to have legislation enacting through the infrastructure bill. also with respect to the infrastructure bill we're hopeful that we could invest upwards of $10 million for reforestation efforts. i think there is ugh si to this because there is a clear commitment on the part of many in congress to finally do what is necessary. muster the political will, to
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support the federal firefighting workforce that are doing so much to protect our families each and every day. they deserve that much. >> we have just a few seconds i think until a press conference begins. forest give me if i interrupt you. i want to ask you about the big news of the trump organization expected to be charged as early as tomorrow. you were an impeachment manage er. what do you make of today's snooze. >> i simply say that the reports are disturbing and it is important to let it play itself out. we'll, you know, look to see what comes of it tomorrow and in the coming days. joe neguse, congressman, it was great for you to sit with us and listen to the president and the vice president. i'm sure we'll be talking again
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as the fire season moves forward. we're waiting for, here we go it looks like -- looks like we're getting started with the briefing here from california, let's take a listen. >> the search and rescue teams from across the state, they're being deployed here, the largest deployment of a nonhurricane related response in the history of the state. we appreciate that very much. that will continue and that work will continue. and i have been meeting with a lot of the families privately. offer any type consolation. there is apprehension about not
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knowing for sure. but rest assured that those folks are working on that pile and it's not going to stop. and they're going to get answers one way or another. also, i have been able to you know, see the toll. you have some people that lived remarkable lives, they have tremendous families, and you can see the real raw pain and emotion that this has caused. it is something they don't think any of us will ever forget if is also something that for some will require some additional help. so we have mental health resources here in surf fide. we linked individual families for that support. that support is there if folks need it and we want to make sure they got to that.
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it is a need, i think, you have seen the community support, but specifically this is something that will require a lot of attention. so they're in it for the long haul. this is the it is in some respects the world, but we understand it is a big state. this is hurricane season. there is assets here that could be used in the future. but suffice it to say we take those very seriously and we'll take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that we're able to respond. we hope we don't have to. we hope it doesn't come to that,
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but tis the season and you to be ready. so i want to thank our florida department of emergency management, their personnel, this is a key mission. one of the most important in the state's history. they also have been able to prepare a response to storms as well should a storm present itself to us. thank you for that. >> we will now have the comments in spanish. [ speaking spanish ] >> let go to ronnell in surfside. we just heard them talk about the families and the resources being provided. i'm wondering what you're hearing on the ground from families. >> one thing we just saw is our convoy of about a dozen or more dump trucks going behind me
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where the pile is, and there is, it's an ominous sign. they're trying to remove a lot of debris. they're taking it somewhere to be combed through and analyzed. there may be an increase in the numbers of the fatalities and the remains found. reports say it may be around three or four. overnight it wasn't to 12 victims. the mother of a police chief of a near by town was found. you get a sense of the community here how so many people are affected not just in this town, but near by as well. again, everybody just waiting for word. there has not been any positive news since hours after this happened on thursday.
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there is a hope that that might happen today. as the days pass by, the possibility of that diminishes. people are still hanging on. >> thank you, let's listen to the mayor. >> good morning, everyone. day seven. our teams have worked through the nigh as they have every single night. they are digging through the rubble and i want to thank them once again for their tremendous tremendous effort. the world is watching their bravery, putting themselves in harm's way to find people in the rubble. the weather has continued, unfortunately two be incliment
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weather. we have now recovered four additional victims. the number of deceased is at 16. 12 next of kin notifications have been completed. that is four families still waiting to hear. please join me in continuing to pray for those who have lost their lives in this unthinkable tragedy and all of their families who are grieving, and all of those still waiting and waiting and waiting for news. as i mentioned, we're conducting an audit of the list of those accounted and unaccounted for in the last few days. our detectives have been working around the clock to reach every single person who we have been told may be missing by a loved
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one. we need to confirm every report and remove duplicates where possible. this takes time and we will continue to update you. as of now, the number of accounted for is 139. the number of unaccounted, 147. and to remind you we were previously including the number of deceased, but for clarity moving forward, we're separating that. so we have deceased, accounted, and unaccounted. so we are calling all family members and sometimes receiving incomplete reports. we don't have the full investigation. it's difficult to reach some of the people that provided reports, so our detctives are
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continuing to work and will continue to work. the numbers will be fluid and will continue to change. please, anybody who has investigation provide that investigation to us as soon as possible. it could be about a safe person or a missing person. please call our hotline 305-614-1819. and the website is we have continued to have operations at our assistance center. we are monitoring two systems, storm systems, in an abundance of caution, and florida department of emergency management director kevin guthrie will give us a update.
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as we continue 24/7 without stop, we're also taking immediate action to provide answers and accountability. i have been in close contact with our state attorney cathy fernandez rundell and we hope she will be asking for an investigation into the collapse. we're also going forward with our own county audit and those buildings, the recertification process, and partnering with our cities that need audits. we're also meeting with subject matter experts on the issues relevant to this investigation. this will be from leaders in our coastal seas as well as experts from every possible angle. so we will get inputs and develop a set of recommendations
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for changes that need to be made here in the building process at the local level to ensure that this tragedy can never ever happen again. and we know that our city partners are state and federal as well, will be doing the same. so i'm grateful for this deployment, for this community, and we're doing everything humanly possible and then some to get through this tragedy. and we're doing it together. [ speaking spanish ] i'm going to bring in john, a long time structural engineering consultant that has been retained to investigate this collapse in surfside. it is good to have you here. you just heard what the mayor had to say. four more bodies have been recovered bringing the total number of victims to 16, john,
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but 147 unaccounted for. the way the mayor put it is they're looking for answers. the families want answers. where do you even begin when you're starting an investigation like this? >> i noticed they now have large dump trucks picking up the pieces to take them for identification. that's part of the process. the previous reports and all of that, and as the team goes in, the evaluation team, to identify each of the elements as it taken out in critical locations to place reconstructed and all of the experts and engineers have not seen a mode of failure teen identify where the failure split right occurred. you to go as well with the info
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tech. and they are looking at any conditions under the building that mild have created the collapse. there is a whole protocol set up. many engineers will be involved, but the idea of the engineering community is that we're looking for an answer and we all share our expertise and coming to a consensus about what happened here. >> you have been described as the guy that literally wrote the book on florida building codes and investigations. is it too early to focus in on one or two things? what where could you be only seven days into this? >> absolutely all of the investigation that i see coming out. all of the ideas, are pure speculation. y, i wrote the 40 year
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recertification program that was being utilized here but it is intended for people that maintain the buildings. you don't wait 40 years and then start looking around. this is considered as part of the overall evaluation. >> in these early days is there anything that stands out as not just warranting further foi discuss? >> no, but i don't really want to comment on the issues right now it is premature and it might be misleading. >> a lot of people who obviously, well, all of us whose heartbreaks for these families, this is an excruciating delay.
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what is a realistic time line or is there even a realistic timeline to -- let me just put that on hold for a second and go back to the press conference if i can. >>. >> good morning, everyone. the past seven day vs. been an all hands on deck collaboration. i want to provide you with a few updates including the family assistance center. as of this morning we have 26 organizations present. they have served 30 families. offering an array of mental health, brief counselling, and
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logistical assistance. i would like to thank everyone who has continued to continue to support the relief efforts. they are welcomed and grately received. they have, unfortunately, but some people trying to take advantage. there is fraudulent go fund me accounts. what we can do is make sure that you're properly submitting funds to real agencies. go to you can go to the site and choose an agency to support and donate. you can also sign up to
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volunteer. it is important to sign up in advance to volunteer. please do not just show up at the site without signing up first. thank you very much. >> thank you, to translat -- >> i want to go back to our construction consultant. we were talking about a timeline, can we speculate on that in a reasonable way? >> once the site has been cleared, i'm predicted, based on my past experience of this about three months, i think, it will take to come to a conclusion of knowing what we have to do. that is just my prediction. it may be longer, but that's
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what i think. >> there have been little pieces of information trickling out. i want to go through some of them. an engineering report in 2018 about major structural damage under the pool deck. signs that concrete repairs were failing. that letter from 2021. noting that in 2018 a report said in part observable damage such as in the garage has gotten significantly worse since the initial inspection and separately the miami herald said that two days before the collapse a pool constructer photographed damage at the condo. we have not spoken to the person that took the photos, and we don't know why it has collapsed. there have been several contributing factors at play, new construct, the building next door was demolished among other
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things. is it usually multiple things? is it different threats that come together? >> all of that information you expressed will be part of the consideration and all of the issues in the past history of the building, all of that is considered when evaluating what occurred. >> we're going back now live to the press conference. >>. >> i talked to dr. graham just before this news conference. my team is very aware of what is going on here, and we'll be closely monitoring the trial dates. however if a system develops we have contingency plans that include facility relocation, communications, back up plans of how we will continue to respond here. hour state emergency response
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team back in tallahassee, you heard them talk about that they have been responding for well over 470 days. a handfull of them went into this response as well and they have been working we are well ae done this before where we have responded to multiple emergencies in the state at the same time. state emergency response team is extremely experienced in managing multiple disasters at one time. the florida department of transportation has brought in additional district staff to exist with round the clock debris removal. ftut is deploying additional heavy equipment from other areas of the state to assist with this effort. the florida department of environmental protection has issued an emergency final order waiving permitting requirements for the storage and processing of solid waste. this emergency final order will remove any requirements that may
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hinder the debris removal process. the emergency final order also includes guidance for disaster debris to assist the heavy rescue operations. the florida housing -- i'm sorry, the florida housing finance corporation has identified more than 120 multi-family rental developments to provide emergency housing to displaced individuals impacted by the collapse. the florida housing finance corporation has also requested that the department of housing and urban development at the federal level waive income limitations and other provisions to allow families affected by this tragedy to reside in any vacant unit home-funded properties. the state has also deployed additional human services personnel from the florida department of education to respond to the family assistance center to support the county's efforts. overall, the state is continuing
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to you will fulfill all requests by our local partners. i also want to ensure, to encourage all individuals impacted by this disaster to visit again, that is surfside this website provides resources for immediate emotional support and assistance. during this difficult time, the state is encouraging individuals to prioritize their mental health. the website is also available to families, survivors, first responders. please remember to take care of yourself. thank you. >> thank you, director. florida department of economic opportunity secretary dane eagle. >> at the governor's direction the department of economic opportunity continues to assess the economic impact of the area and meet with individual businesses. the update this morning is that the sba, the small business administration has accepted the governor's request to draw down
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additional funds. this will allow local families, businesses and non-profits to qualify for low-interest loans. they will be deploying personnel to the family assistance center where we also have a team deployed and our two mobile units will assist in identifying businesses that express that need for assistance. we want to continue to direct businesses, families and non-profits in need to, florida disaster.b-i-z where they can access these resources. thank you. >> thank you, sir. surfside mayor charles burkett. >> good morning. i started my day today as i normally do now with a tour of the site. i wanted to respond to the families who have been talking -- asking me questions about the dogs. are the dogs being used? are the dogs active? and i made it a point to visit with several of the handlers and
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yes, indeed, they are very, very active and we have two sets of dogs there. we have dogs that are looking for people who are alive and we have dogs that are looking for people who have passed on, and they rotate those dogs in and out. an interesting question that came up in our conversation was whether or not the winds and the rain are inhibiting the dogs and the handlers told me no. the dogs are not inhibited. as a matter of fact, they practice and they pick up scents from great distances and the winds actually just -- apparently, the dogs are able to follow the scents to the destination, so that was good. i will tell you this is day seven, i believe, and in all of the days that i've been going to the site three times a day, i've never seen as many assets in place on that site. we've got heavy, heavy equipment
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and it's actively lifting gigantic pieces of concrete out of that pile. we've got waves of first responders and rescue people all over the top of that mound, all over the side of that mound, and i'm told underneath that mound, so that's really good. following that, i went up to visit with the families, i want to commend mayor cava. there is a revision in the way that the reports are given twice a day to the families. it's very restricted and it's only families that are getting inside, and i believe that the families do appreciate that because there are -- the questions are coming exclusively from the families. they're getting the answers that they want, so that's very productive. with respect to, you know -- there's been some talk by the families. they've asked me if the search is going to stop? are we going to turn this from a
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rescue to a recovery and i appreciated the governor's comments just a few minutes ago where he basically said we're not leaving anybody behind. this is going to go until we pull everybody out of there. this is our number one effort, and i very much appreciate that, and i know the families appreciate that and we'll all keep working to make that happen. thank you. >> thank you, mayor. miami-dade fire rescue chief kaminsky. >> good morning. i just wanted to emphasize the hard work that all our personnel are doing here on scene. miami-dade fire rescue and their efforts in relentless time and our task force and all of their support is nothing, but amazing. it is an extremely, extremely difficult situation. nothing has changed. we're dealing with inclement weather as i speak. we keep looking forward and keep looking for sign-specific things
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as we're checking areas and focusing on our grids and the rescue grids as i mentioned so many times and the delayering process, a very difficult situation. we are working collaboratively in a group in trying to obtain that goal and that's to save someone's life. it's been tough. i have to emphasize that. it's been tough. talking to our personnel the spirits are high. we're still moving forward. we see the resources coming through. we're exhausting every avenue here, but it's a very, very dangerous situation, and i can't understate that, and so i appreciate our efforts and all our support and i want to assure everyone that as a team, as a total team between miami-dade fire rescue, miami-dade county, our task force, state assets, our federal assets are all working together collaboratively
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hopefully for a positive outcome. thank you. >> thank you, chief. and i call upon public information officer erica benitez for the spanish translation. [ speaking foreign language ] >> nbc's ron allen is near the scene in sunrise. ron, we just heard a lot from the various officials there. our hearts keep going back to those families. it's good to hear that they seem to be getting more out of the briefing. just give us another sense of what you're feeling on the ground and what you're seeing because as you may have heard, our expert referred to those trucks that you saw going onto the scene. >> reporter: there are still 147 people unaccounted for, chris, and that number has not moved. that's 147 families and friends that still don't have answers
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and that's the excruciating part of this. it doesn't seem that that number is suddenly going to change based on the rescue workers describe how they're going about that pile. yes, there are dump trucks in there to remove some of the debris to take it somewhere else to continue the analysis for remains for whatever they can find in it, and you heard the governor saying no one will be left behind here. so this is going to go on. that's why they're also, obviously trying to increase the mental health services, grief counseling and those kinds of things to families because it feels like this is the situation that this community is going to have to live with for some time. there was an expectation that there would be some answers soon and that this would go from relief to recovery, but that doesn't seem like that's what's going to be happening here. it will be a slow, methodical process. >> ron, thank you for that. let's go back to the news conference. >> the service delivery for the
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survivors as well as individuals who found out the news of their loved ones. i would encourage any survivor that we have not been able to make contact with if you were living at the champlain towers, please contact the red cross. you can contact us locally, 800-red cross and that will get you to us here so we can provide the services locally to you wherever you are. we had the fortune to be supporting roughly 17 to 18 families that are currently still here, and i'll tell you, the resilience of those folks is nothing short of amazing and just like the chief was mentioning about the termination, that's what keeps us going. when you have these folks who we're serving who we know they're having the worst experience of their lives and turning around asking you, what can they do to serve their friends, their families and what


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