Trump to Visit Storm-Damaged Parts of Georgia

Oct 15, 2018

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump plan to visit Georgia Monday to tour areas hit by Hurricane Michael. The pair will be accompanied by Georgia Sen. David Perdue. 

Air Force One is scheduled to touch down at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. The president plans to meet with members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as state and local law enforcement and first responders. 

The president is also expected to visit areas around the Florida Panhandle that were hardest hit by the hurricane.

The White House declared a state of emergency in Georgia last week, which gives the state access to federal funds for clean-up and recovery efforts. 

On Sunday, Trump declared federal aid will be available in the counties of Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole to support temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help affected individuals.

State, tribal, eligible local governments and some private nonprofit organizations in Middle and South Georgia will also have aid for emergency work.

This aid will also be available on a cost-sharing basis for statewide hazard reduction measures. Brock Long, a FEMA administrator, named Manny J. Toro as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to visit Georgia this week after several cancellations due to the weather.