Joe Biden approves Florida emergency declaration as Tropical Storm Idalia strengthens

President Joe Biden has authorized a state of emergency for several Florida counties as Tropical Storm Idalia threatens much of the Florida Gulf coast and Big Bend area.

The state of emergency orders federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts related to the storm. The state of emergency is backdated to Aug. 27, when Gov. Ron DeSantis issued the emergency declaration

Biden’s approval authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts in multiple counties to alleviate hardship and suffering as a result of the emergency.

The emergency declaration

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