tv Natl Security Adviser WH Press Secretary Holds Briefing CSPAN September 30, 2022 5:43pm-6:01pm EDT
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pres. biden: good afternoon, folks. with hurricane ian, i want to update you on what we've seen since i last spoke to you about 24 hours ago. i've directed that every possible action be taken to save lives and get help to survivors because every single minute counts. it's not just a crisis for florida, it's a national crisis. i've spoken to governor desantis on multiple occasions, as well as mayors and county officials both republican and democrats from areas most affected. i've spoke within governor mcmasters as well. last night i requested for emergency declaration from governor mcmasters, which i approved right away just as i did with florida. this allows funding for the state to shelter people and provide other support. by approving it early ahead of the storm's landfall we can get supplies in and provide shelter if necessary. my message to the people of
south carolina is simple. please listen to all the warnings and directions from local officials and physical low their instructions. and as you all know, the situation in florida is far more devastating. we're just beginning to see the scale of that destruction. it's likely to rank among the worst in the nation's history. you have all seen on television homes and property wiped out. it's going to take months, years, to rebuild. and our hearts go out to all those folks whose lives have been devastated by this storm. america's heart is literally breaking. just watching people watching on television. i just want the people of florida to know, we see what you're going through. we're with you. we're going to do everything we can for you. i say to the rest of america, just imagine yourself in that situation. water rising. walls collapsing. streets turned literally into rivers. charter boats on top of automobiles. watching the home and the community you worked so hard to establish literally washed away.
and folks across the country are now waiting to hear from parents and grandparents who live in florida. just hoping and praying they're ok. at my direction we have pre-deployed the largest team of search and rescue experts in recent history because so many of the rescuers need to take -- rescuers need to be there now, in the water now. the united states coast guard has been deployed as well. six aircraft, 18 rescue boats and crews, 16 rescue helicopters were in the air all day yesterday and are at it again today. working with the defense department, national guard, state and local first responders, they've rescued 117 people in the southwest florida coast, in fort myers and naples. just this morning i spoke with a lieutenant commander in the coast guard who is leading the search and rescue operation
there. he emphasized this is one fight. everyone working together. coast guard, defense department, customs and border patrol, florida fish and wildlife, local officials. they're doing everything they can to rescue people. he said, mr. president, we will not rest at night until we know they're safe and sound. he talked about how they rescued a 94-year-old woman who had the courage to be hoisted up into a helicopter. the wind blowing. as well as a 1-month-old baby. not at the same time. but a 1-month-old baby as well. so much in between. he also spoke to aviation survival -- i also spoke to aviation survival technician second class zack blesh who described how difficult the decision is for people to leave everything and come to safety. i told him how proud of him i was and thanked him for all the work he and his coasties are doing to save lives.
i'm grateful for the brave women and men at the federal and state and local folks working so hard. they're all working as one team, hear that from the governor and the federal folks. in the past 24 hours, my administration approved four more counties in florida for individual disaster assistance in addition to the nine counties we had announced yesterday. what that means is the federal government will cover -- is covering every cost, 100% of the cost to clear the massive debris left in the wake of the hurricane in these counties. it all needs to be cleared out for communities to begin the hard work of trying to get back on their feet. that declaration also means that we will cover all the extra costs for emergency personnel who are saving lives and providing for public safety. because phone lines and internet might go out. fema is registering people directly. to be able to get help. setting up disaster recovery
centers in shelters all across the state. so we can get survivors registered for the help they need as quickly as they can possibly get it. if you can't get to a center, we're sending out mobile teams in the communities to meet people where they are. getting the power back on is also critical. i want to recognize, this is, i think, impressive. 44,000 utility workers and restoration personnel from 33 states and the district of columbia. we're working around the clock to help get power back on for millions of floridians who have lost it. i've ordered more than 400 personnel from the army corps of engineers to florida. with more than 250 generators to enable power supplies for kilo indications like hospitals and shelters. and last night my homeland security advisor met with sector leaders to ensure they're coordinating
with owners and operators of the grid so nothing will stand in the way of getting the power back on. yesterday i was briefed by the leaders of fema, the coast guard, the army corps of engineers and other organizations that are at the tip of the spear right now. i directed them to provide me with information on where housing and help facilities and power and cell service and other critical infrastructure has been most effective so we can prioritize and focus efforts and expand them where the help is needed the most. in addition to what we're doing for florida and south carolina, we're remaining focused on recovering efforts in puerto rico as well. i'll say it as long as -- we're going to stay with it and stay at it as long as it takes. i spent a lot of time with people in the aftermath of disasters. i have immense gratitude for the first responders and emergency crews who always show up, no matter what. times like these, americans come together. they put aside politics, they put aside division.
and we come together to help each other. because we know if it were us who just lost our homes or our loved ones, we would hope people would show up to help us as well. red cross volunteers, volunteers as far away as oregon and the dakotas. utility workers from minnesota and nebraska and vermont have traveled to florida in the past few days to help do whatever they can. that's america. that's who we are. we're going to keep doing everything we can and we'll do it as the united states of america. so god bless all of you who are hurting. may god protect the troops and all those brave souls risking their lives. i want to say one more thing. i want to also speak to mr. putin's remarks this morning. america and its allies are not -- i'm going emphasize this, are not going to be intimidated. are not going to be intimidated by putin and his reckless words
and threats. he's not going to scare us and he doesn't -- or intimidate us. putin's actions are a sign he's struggling. a sham referenda he carried out and this routine he put on, don't worry, it's not on there if you're looking. the sham routine that he put on this morning showing unity and his people holding hands together. well, the united states is never going to recognize this. and quite frankly the world's not going to recognize it either. he can't seize his neighbor's territory and get away with it. it's as simple as that. and they're going to stay the course. we're going to continue to provide military equipment so ukraine can defend itself and its territory and its freedom. including additional resources that the congress is going to give today of $13 billion more to help the ukrainians defend themselves and fight back.
and we're fully prepared to defend, i'm going to say this again, america's fully prepared with our nato allies to defend every single inch of nato territory. every single inch. so, mr. putin, don't misunderstand what i'm saying. every inch. and i have been in close touch with our allies. we're announcing new sanctions today as well. that includes new authorities to sanction anyone who provides political or economic support to russia's fraudulent territorial claims. i've been in close touch with our nato allies who are united in our resolve to take on his aggression. i thank you all very much. you also asked me earlier about the pipeline. and let me say this.
it was a deliberate act of sabotage and now the russians are pumping up disinformation and lies. we're going to work with our allies to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and at my direction i've already begun to help our allies enhance the protection of this critical infrastructure and when things calm down we're going to be sending divers down to find out exactly what happened. we don't know that yet exactly. but we just don't listen to what putin's saying. what he's saying though is not true. thank you all so very much. [talking simultaneously] >> tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi answers questions about her legislative agenda amid a deadline to avoid a government shutdown. watch at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span now, our free mobile video app, our online at c-span.org.
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