Vitter Requests Oil Spill Hurricane Preparedness Update from DHS, FEMA

June 2, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate requesting an update on the steps DHS and FEMA are taking to address the effects of potential hurricanes on the oil spill cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico:

June 1, 2010

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528

The Honorable Craig Fugate
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Center Plaza
500 C Street, SW, Room 828, Washington, DC 20472

Dear Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate:

With the official beginning of hurricane season today, I would like to know what additional precautions FEMA is taking in light of the ongoing oil spill. I know we are all praying that we will not face a major storm to compound the ongoing crisis, but I am sure we all agree that we must be as prepared as possible for the worst case scenario.

We are already facing a long recovery process from the spill for our marshes, fisheries, and many businesses and families in the area. Of course, we are very worried about the prospects of a major storm that would carry oil further inland. I can only imagine how the current health and environmental crisis would expand if we are hit with storm surge carrying oil.

The possibility of a hurricane during the oil spill clearly requires special planning for an aggressive response. Please explain what additional extra steps you are taking and what coordination you will have in place with other federal agencies to ensure we will be ready to respond.

Thank you for your work, and I look forward to your response.


David Vitter
U.S. Senator

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