Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Gets Hurricane Irma Update from FEMA Chief

Sep 7, 2017
Press Release
Congressman Returns to FL Tonight to Monitor Response

FEMA Head: “All 67 Counties Could Be Impacted”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, co-chair of the Florida congressional delegation, received an update today from FEMA Administrator Brock Long and other emergency management agencies about the status of federal preparations for Hurricane Irma. Buchanan will be leaving Washington this evening and returning to his district to help monitor the storm response and make sure Florida has the resources it needs on the ground.

According to Administrator Long, Hurricane Irma has the potential to severely impact every corner of Florida. “All 67 counties could be impacted,” Long said on a conference call with Buchanan and other members of Congress from states in the path of the storm.

Also on the call were representatives from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and Florida Division of Emergency Management. 

Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, warned that “fuel availability remains a concern since demand continues to outstrip supply.”

Buchanan urged all Florida residents to take the storm “extremely seriously,” saying “although we cannot control the severity of Irma, we can act ahead of time to safeguard our families, homes and businesses.”

Buchanan encouraged the public to visit his website for information on hurricane preparedness at: https://buchanan.house.gov/resources/hurricanes.