[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1993, Book I)]
[March 13, 1993]
[Pages 302-303]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on Disaster Assistance for Florida
March 13, 1993

    On March 12 and 13, excessive rainfall, tornadoes, flooding, high 
tides, and gale force winds caused death, serious personal injury, and 
property damage in the State of Florida.
    In a telephone call to me today, Gov. Lawton Chiles requested 
individual assistance and public assistance from the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency (FEMA) for Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Dade, Duval, 
Hamilton, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, 
Martin, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Taylor, and Volusia 
    The situation is of such severity and magnitude that effective 
response is beyond the capabilities of the State of Florida and local 
governments. Therefore, I concur that supplemental

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Federal assistance is necessary, and FEMA is directed to provide such 
    Individual assistance can include temporary housing, grants, low-
cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to 
help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the 
disaster. Public assistance is available to eligible local governments 
on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public 
facilities damaged by the flooding.
    Additional areas may be designated at a later date, if requested and