Rep. Bishop On District Devastation

Please note the phone numbers (at the bottom of this statement) for anyone needing assistance with federal agencies.

 Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding last night’s storms and tornadoes in Southwest and Middle Georgia:

“The storms and tornadoes that struck Albany and the rest of the Southwest and Middle Georgia region yesterday were truly devastating. My heartfelt prayers go out to those who lost loved ones, those who have been displaced, and those who have been otherwise impacted by this tragedy.

“Recovery from this disaster will be long and difficult. For the second time this month, we have confronted the worst of Mother Nature. However, I am confident that we will continue to see the best in Human Nature as we come together as a community to support each other during these trying times.

“I thank Governor Deal for quickly promulgating emergency designations for the region, including designations for Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Dougherty, and Mitchell counties in the 2nd Congressional District. I am coordinating with our partners at the local, state, and federal levels to get additional assistance to the area, and I urge the President to provide comprehensive federal emergency assistance as expeditiously as possible.

“Should anyone need information or assistance with contacting their local, state, or federal agencies, please do not hesitate to reach out to my offices in Albany (229-439-8067), Columbus (706-320-9477), Macon (478-803-2631), or Washington, DC (202-225-3631).”

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CoastalCat

Is there a new head of FEMA yet?

The Eiger
The Eiger

No

Ellynn
Ellynn

They have not filled the second posts either.

Question, can they actual fill the non appointment posts now that the fed has a hiring freeze for all but the military? Real question, not being snarky.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Short answer is no.

Long answer is that now that General Kelly has been confirmed by the Senate for Homeland Security he is now allowed to start hiring his people and hiring positions that have to be filled. There are multiple reasons for the hiring freeze. First, allow incoming agency heads to choose who they want and not Obama’s appointees. Seems fair enough. The second is to not fill certain positions to start reducing the size of government.